Malata's nixes the hard drive in $300 laptop

What this computer doesn't have is part of the news! The new Malata PC-68001 Personal Computer lacks a hard-disk drive, nor does it have a CD-ROM. What it will have is an affordable price: around $300 when it arrives in the U.S. later this year.

Designed for students and those looking for an affordable PC for Web browsing and e-mail, the PC-68001 is pre-installed with the Linux operating system and features an 8-inch widescreen TFT LCD screen with native 800 x 480-pixel resolution, an HDMI jack for VGA output, 1 GB of flash memory, and 256 MB of RAM. This ultra-compact PC also supports an external CD-ROM and hard-disk drive via the USB port should you absolutely need those features.