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The Medison Laptop, A Mordacious Scam?

Hardware

Published on 25 July 2007 09:00 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
4 Comments

Making news on the Internet in the past 24 hours has been the "Medison Celebrity Laptop", which claims to be a $150 USD laptop that ships with an Intel Celeron 1.5GHz processor, a 14" LCD screen, 802.11g wireless, and uses Fedora Linux. For such a low price this looks like an incredible deal, but its validity can be questioned. Medison says that its phone lines are "temporarily closed", specific information on the Medison Celebrity laptop is limited, and there is a rather long turn-around time. Beyond these points that have already been brought up in the electronic world, there is a equal if not greater number of questions surrounding Valdi Ivancic, Medison's CEO and president, and his past business activities.

With this budget Linux-loaded laptop having caught our eye, we are in the process of investigating whether in fact it's a legitimate company and product. So far we have come across several inconsistencies and questions that raise concern over the validity of this product offering, which we are working to confirm. We have ordered one of the Medison Celebrity laptops in the event it turns out to be real, but the turn-around time is 4 to 6 weeks. We have sent emails to Medison and 2Checkout (the authorized reseller) for comments on this matter and are attempting to reach them via telephone, but so for no communication has been returned. We will pass along additional information once we have anything confirmed.

What do you think of the Medison Celebrity? Tell us in the Phoronix Forums.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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