ECS G320: Cheapest Laptop ever?

Look at this ECS G320 laptop. Got this from PC Buyers guide last week. Could this be the cheapest locally distributed laptop ever?

ECS Laptop

Runs on a VIA C3 (Nehemiah) 1GHz, 128MB DDR SODIMM, 14.1″ XGA TFT LCD, built-in graphics with up to 64MB shared memory, 40GB HDD, built-in speakers, modem and LAN, 4 USB 2.0, 1 VGA out, 4-cell Li-Ion pack battery.

SRP: Php29,995

Looks affordable enough, except you’d wish it comes with 256 MB ram and WiFi enabled. I wonder how the VIA C3 1GHz performs?

[tags]cheapest laptops, review, ecs laptop, portable, mobile pc[/tags]

48 Comments on this Post

  1. occultdestroyer

    The ECS G320 retails for about P20,000 but I would recommend NEO Endura 540SLi. NEO has better processor (Intel) but it heats up rather quicker. Better build quality, same HDD space, better overall. It costs about P21,000

  2. I’ve been using this particular unit for almost six months and so far I have encountered no problems.

    It’s a bit slow (1.3 celeron is faster). BUT, If you are doing basic word processing or office applications and using your laptop as a mere internet portal, as I do, it suits the job just fine. I am even using it as a portable DVD player, hehehe. An upgrade to 512 MB RAM is recommended though to get more kicks out of computer applications if you are multi-tasking.

    Do not expect to play DOOM3 or any of the latest games using this model. It was not designed with the gaming community in mind. Windows Vista is also out of the question. (Failed the Vista Test) It can run Windows XP without a hitch though.


    The unit is cheap (nuff said)
    No problems in overheating as the processor runs cool compared to INTEL and AMD. It will probably last longer than those hi-fallutin pricey laptops. I leave my laptop on for 6 to 8 hours straight without any problems.
    Ideal for students and budget conscious professionals like myself.


    Slow processor especially in gaming applications
    The casing scratches easily,
    the keyboards are a bit noisy
    you have to buy a separate WI-FI card.

    I call my unit the MULE, it aint pretty, it’s a bit slow, but it gets the job done.

  3. Hi!

    I’m planning to buy inexpensive laptop with good performance and high quality. I’m cheking if BLUE or NEO is okay.

    Some say that NEO’s ventilation is not so good compared with BLUE. However, can’t find any forum or website that will give a review for those items.

    BLUE Cobalt’s processor is Intel Core Solo compare with Neo’s processor, Intel Celeron.

    Price of the items are less than Php 25,000 (depends on the model).

    Just wanna share something, maybe it could help you guys. =)

  4. it’s a good enough laptop specially if your only concern is internet surfing and word does well running some games too but not the latest ones.i bought mine about 4 years ago and it still is working. u can just buy a wi-fi dongle to have it browsed the connects so easy, very handy and light-weight to.however, it’s vulnerable to scratches and dusts.

    and just recently, i had a trouble with keys number 8 and letter “i”, it doesnt work. can anybody please tell me how to dismantle the keyboard safely?i think there are dust that just build up that needs cleaning. please help, thanks much!

  5. I had this for a week and its nice I got a gig of memory for it and its so much faster
    tried ubuntu and xp pro both work great

  6. guys i wanna buy this ecs you have an idea where would i go and have one coz some of my friends told me its already faced – out..
    need help…ASAP!!!

  7. pauline

    HAHAHA! P29,000 is not gonna be the price tag of the CHEAPEST laptop. I just bout a 1GB-ram 120GB-hard drive Compaq Presario for 24K. and there were cheaper models too!

  8. @pauline, this was 3 years ago.

  9. joey santa

    @ pauline, what a dumbass, didn’t even bother to check the date of this thread. Ret@rd

  10. totnakerz

    P 29,000! wow where are you buying? saw one at

    it’s only PhP 16,599.00

  11. Any suggesti0n, im planing 2 buy a lapt0p, an0 po mgandang unit ng acer, hanggang 30k po ung budget.Thanks.Reply asap

  12. Tony-Kar

    Am aware of the dates of the thread. I bought one in 2002 upgraded the memory to 512 mb max in 2005(has trouble with accepting later 1gb memory)and it still works as of October 2009. No problem with XP or Ubuntu dual boot, word processing and internet using 512 mb memory. Was able to install & use Windows 7 on it in mid-2009,feels underpowered with 512mb but Win7 GUI looks & works great (better with 1gb memory despite the old processor). Now really needs new replacement battery. Used it with defective battery plugged all the time for 2 years. Ordered battery pack but gave up after 2 years waiting & got refund!(lcd & system won’t run without battery pack attached unlike the newer laptops and netbooks today). Wonder if there are battery repacking companies in MManila or elsewhere in Phils. This laptop still has usable life left in it.

  13. If anyone is still reading this thread, I have one of these that needs a memory upgrade. I have had conflicting advice about this – some companies say 512MB max, others say 1GB max. The post from Tony-Kar on Nov 4 2009 suggests that 512MB is the max and 1GB causes problems. Can anyone who is an expert with these laptops help?

  14. omg! specs is aweful

  15. this laptop is too expensive for this kind of configuration.

  16. wow, it’s costly before.

  17. I dont believe Ive scan anything like this before. So excellent to locate somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. thank for starting this up. This internet site is something that is necessary on the internet, someone with just a little originality. Great job for bringing something new to the internet!

  18. hello there and thank you for your info – I have certainly picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical points using this website, since I experienced to reload the web site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but slow loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google and could damage your high-quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Well I am adding this RSS to my email and can look out for a lot more of your respective fascinating content. Make sure you update this again soon..

  19. I am commenting to let you know what a brilliant experience my friend’s girl undergone viewing your webblog. She realized so many issues, not to mention what it’s like to have an incredible teaching character to make many more quite simply comprehend specific complex things. You truly exceeded her expected results. Thank you for providing those practical, trustworthy, revealing and as well as fun guidance on that topic to Janet.

  20. Can I just say what a relief to seek out someone who actually knows what theyre speaking about on the internet. You definitely know easy methods to bring a difficulty to mild and make it important. More individuals must read this and perceive this facet of the story. I cant consider youre no more standard because you positively have the gift.

  21. I’m impressed, I must say. Actually hardly ever do I encounter a blog that’s each educative and entertaining, and let me inform you, you might have hit the nail on the head. Your concept is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough individuals are speaking intelligently about. I’m very completely happy that I stumbled across this in my seek for one thing regarding this.

  22. Hey there good site! Male. Great. Superb. I’ll take a note of your blog site along with make bottles furthermore? Now i’m content to try to find many beneficial facts here from the write-up, you want create more strategies with this value, thank you for revealing.

  23. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author
    for your site. You have some really good posts and I feel I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.

    Please send me an e-mail if interested. Regards!


Leave a Reply