Afterword

ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Netbooks for Nu. 14,999

For those in search of a reasonably priced netbook (a small laptop), we discovered two places in town selling the Simbook Buddy (N450) by the Indian company Simoco. The netbook comes equipped with 1.6 Ghz CPU, 10.1'' screen, 160 GB hard-drive, 1GB memory, 3 USB ports, Wifi and more. You can find the full specifications here. The netbooks are brand new, not refurbished or used.

The two shops selling the Simoco Buddy are Lepcha (Zangto Pelri complex) and a mobile shop on Norzin Lam a few blocks down from the milk booth (contact phone 77236646).

Currently this seems to be the cheapest netbook available in town. Lepcha also sell a Nu. 17,000 Samsung netbook, which I have not tested.

Disclaimer: I have not purchased or used the computer beyond a simple test at one of the shops.