jkuat launches the first Kenyan-made laptop

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JKUAT iko juu, hebu oneni hii maneno



Key Features of the Taifa laptop


Display

  • 14.0” WXGA HD (1366×768)
Processor Options

  • Intel® CoreTM i3 – 400M, Intel® Processors 2.4Ghz
Operating System Options

  • Genuine Windows® 8.1
  • Genuine Microsoft Office® 2013
Memory

  • DDR3 SDRAM 4GB RAM
Storage

  • 500GB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive
Optical Drive

  • 8X DVD+/-RW
Multimedia

  • High quality speakers, Stereo headphone & Microphone jack
  • HDMI Port
  • HD video webcam
Connectivity

  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless LAN

  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth

  • Wireless Bluetooth® 4.0
Ports, Slots & Chassis

  • Network connector (RJ-45), USB 2.0 (1), USB3.0 (2)
  • Stereo headphone & Microphone jacks, Memory card reader slot
Input Device

  • Single pointing keyboard
  • Smooth Touchpad
Battery

  • 6-cell (60Whr) Lithium Ion battery – 4200mAh
The laptop is now available to the public and goes for Shs 46, 720. JKUAT intends to launch more models besides Taifa A3 in the coming years.
 

uncle nyam

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Optical drives are just stupid on a laptop nowadays. Leave them out and have a thinner and lighter machine.
Agreed.
A step in the right direction but a thought what did they manufacture in kenya in those machines that make them unique except from the casing ? Or they just assembled parts. Newsflash i assembled my first desktop comp in form two
 

nairobilay

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That machine Looks so bulky. And i usually have issues that are a Frankenstein combination of parts from so many different manufacturers. Things tend to go wrong when you update drivers for thing and the others manufacturers dont release new firmware updates. Equipment just stops working.
Its a problem i used to have with Compaqs of old.
 

Ingia

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Maze ni prototype and its the first working laudable technological item made here. Simshangilie ata kiasi. If you see the calculations and design work that went into such a product you wouldnt be criticizing. Si hii ni kenya na bado hatujamalizana na magnetic disks. Most computers shipping to kenya have the drive. I would say that its a good sep forward before comming up with phones and the likes. Kwanza 46k for such a first time product is a huge achievement. I would have expected 200k.
 

vuja de

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Maze ni prototype and its the first working laudable technological item made here. Simshangilie ata kiasi. If you see the calculations and design work that went into such a product you wouldnt be criticizing. Si hii ni kenya na bado hatujamalizana na magnetic disks. Most computers shipping to kenya have the drive. I would say that its a good sep forward before comming up with phones and the likes. Kwanza 46k for such a first time product is a huge achievement. I would have expected 200k.
Flash Memory is still too expensive. Even Xbox One uses a mechanical hard drive
 

Ingia

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The thing is that they ofcourse didnt manufacture the screen or the the batteries or any of the complex parts for themselves, but they designed them, got all the calculations right so that everything fell into the right places and syncronised with each other. They ofcourse had to give their blueprints to manufacturers to make some parts. Even when Toyota started manufacturing vehicles, the couldnt do three miles with it(a new one) before suspension broke down. Ata corner za mabati hawakuwa wanajua kukunja vizuri bila kuharibu ama kurarua. They had to ask old timer manufacturers of the era (Ford) what to do. Today they are rivals.
 

danji1

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Good, considering ni vijana who have done the job. Maybe with time they'll have more and cheaper Taifa models. Not bad, even though there are cheaper brands. Hongera.
 
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Deorro

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and these people had little funding by the way. They arent HP or Mac
People are criticising eti assembled na their phones and laptops too are made in same manner. Maker wa ram ni different from wa hdd same as ssd na different na processor na different na graphics. They will shocked to learn that their machines are worked on by almost if not more than ten companies
 

nairobilay

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Maze ni prototype and its the first working laudable technological item made here. Simshangilie ata kiasi. If you see the calculations and design work that went into such a product you wouldnt be criticizing. Si hii ni kenya na bado hatujamalizana na magnetic disks. Most computers shipping to kenya have the drive. I would say that its a good sep forward before comming up with phones and the likes. Kwanza 46k for such a first time product is a huge achievement. I would have expected 200k.
Problem is that its a prototype for a design atleast 2yrs old. You can find Acer laptops and even HP machines for 10k less with pretty much the same specs. So would you rather buy a branded machine or a taifa? If you were to design a phone now dont base it on the specs of the iphone 3g. Optical storage is pretty much dead. Removing that alone cuts 3k of the price of the device. That space could be better served putting in a type C USB port. Now that would have been a game changer.
 
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