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Top marks to supermarket chain Lidl for missing the 'cheap' in 'Small, Cheap Computer'. It wants a whopping £390 for a bog-standard 10in netbook. The irony is that Lidl is a discount chain and was apparently given Which?'s Best Value for Money Retailer award this year. The Targa Netbook Traveller 1016 that Lidl wants the best …

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They are indeed in ongoing possession of a giraffe ...

... but also include (wait for it!) Corel Office and other assorted commercial tat, which even on the dodgy "OEM" sites seems to cost a few squid. But that and Vista would probably account for the price premium over a sensible installation of Linux/OpenOffice.

What's the chances of getting refunds under the EULA, driving down to a vaguely sane price for what's probably not too horrendous a bit of hardware?

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that the whole point of SCC was that they were Small (10" is bordering on notebook sizes) and cheap (£390 ain't cheap, Spend an extra £7.32 and you could have a Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-1OQ Pentium Dual Core T3200 with 120GB HDD 1GB RAM, 15.4" TFT, DVD±RW and Vista Business delivered to your door) Things went wrong the minute that SCC went above the £250 price point. Vista on a netbook? he Atom seems barely powerful enough to run Linux let alone XP. I suppose this is what happens when the beast from Redmond decides it wants a slice of (more like the whole) pie.

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