The time for an Egyptian-designed laptop is now

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(Pic courtesy of Asus)

If you've been wanting to purchase a laptop but have been holding out until one is designed by a child of the Nile, your long wait is over. Karim Rashid, the Egyptian-American designer responsible for the

, has

.

(Rashid is also responsible for

, one of my all-time favourite pieces of design, truly the iPod of coffee tables.)

At $500 these puppies aren't the cheapest netbooks going around, but unlike most small laptops, these ones are not horrifically ugly. And compared to that other $500 mini-computer that has everybody's attention, these netbooks are not

.

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