Tiny 4.8″ mBook netbook now shipping

If you find the average 10.1-inch or 8.9-inch netbook just too portly for your tastes and long to use an even smaller device your day may just be here. A company called Justek is reportedly set to ship the miniscule 4.8-inch screen Atom powered mBook around the globe.

One glance at the tiny little machine tells me I would rather be kicked in the boys than try and work from this thing. One of my biggest netbook pet peeves is a poorly placed right shift key. This little beasty doesn’t even have a right shift key and I am a habitual right shift key spammer.

Above: mBook — so small it makes tiny seem big

The full QWERTY keyboard has tiny (and I mean really tiny) keys. The 4.8-inch screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600 and is touch sensitive. Operating system choices include Windows XP and Linux — obviously you’d really want to stay away from Vista and probably even Windows 7 on this. The rig runs an Intel Atom CPU at 1.33GHz and has integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0.

Storage is to a 16GB SSD and the machine has 512MB of RAM. Rounding out the features are a 1.3-megapixel webcam 3G USIM card slot (suggesting inbuilt mobile broadband) microSD card slot mini USB port and an earphone jack. The physical dimensions for the machine are 150 x 94 x 18mm and it weighs 315g. The thing sells for $765.78 excluding GST (odd that they’ve excluded GST since it’s illegal to advertise prices that way. The GST inclusive price is $842.35).

If you want a touchscreen netbook that is more usable in size hold out for the Asus Eee T91.