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10.6" notebook with a budget price

Averatec has released a new ultra-portable to the red hot notebook sector. The last time we reported on Averatec, they were releasing the 12.1" 2000 Series. Today, the company is announcing its 10.6" 1100 Series.

Whereas most new Intel-based notebooks these days are coming out with Core Solo or Core Duo processors, Averatec's latest offering uses an older ULV Pentium M processor. Another sign of age with the hardware comes in the form of an Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video adapter and Intel 2200G 802.11b/g wireless adapter instead of the newer Intel GMA950 and Intel 3945ABG 802.11a/b/g wireless solution. But what the 1200x800 WXGA notebooks lacks in state of the art hardware, it makes up for in features. The notebooks come standard with 1GB of RAM (expandable to 2GB), an 80GB hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, two USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire port, PCMCIA slot and a 4-in-1 media reader (MC/MMC/MS/MS PRO). Battery life is also decent at 5 hours with the standard battery.

Averatec's 10.6" notebook weighs in at 3.4 pounds which is a bit on the heavy side for a notebook so small and more in line with a light 12" notebook. For comparison, Asustek's 11.1" S6F weighs in at 3 pounds while Sony's new VAIO TX3 Series is a mere 2.8 pounds.

While those aforementioned laptops may have a weight advantage on Averatec's latest offering, the use of older tech allows for a much lower price of entry. While the Asus and Sony each retail for over $2,000, the 1100 Series starts at $1,349.



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Recovery Options
By Predatorgsr on 6/14/2006 6:52:35 PM , Rating: 3
One thing to note is that on most Averatec laptops, you are screwed if your hard drive dies out of warranty. They come with a recovery partition on the hard drive, but don't come with recovery cds. It does not come with a program to make them from the laptop (as most oems have now), and Averatec does not sell them separately.

Paraphrased from Averatec tech support.

"If the hard drive fails, send it in and we will replace it and reinstall the operating system. If you are out of warranty, you are out of luck. You'll have to purchase the OS and software again"




RE: Recovery Options
By Chadder007 on 6/14/2006 7:05:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, thats my only reason for not liking Averatec too. Ive worked on two of them recently....found users didn't have any restoration CDs.


RE: Recovery Options
By soydeedo on 6/14/2006 7:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
i don't care for their half-sized punctuation keys either. but yeah that's not quite as major as the restoration cd's. =P


RE: Recovery Options
By Samus on 6/14/2006 9:40:56 PM , Rating: 2
first of all, most laptops (and pc's) dont include recovery cd's anymore.

dell, gateway, hp, compaq, emachines, toshiba...to name a few. with dell, you can pay $10 for a proprietary dell-only windows xp disc...at least its an option, and automatically reads your product key from the system firmware.

secondly, the keyboards on averatec laptops is a far more critical problem than not including a disc that no other manufactures include, anyway. at least most other manufactures have nice keyboards.


RE: Recovery Options
By Souka on 6/15/2006 1:05:14 AM , Rating: 2
For what its worth... IBM/Lenovo hasn't included recovery CD's for over a year now...they rely on the recovery partiton....

But... if you call and request the recovery CD's within like 30 days of delivery of your laptop, they'll ship them free.....otherwise, it will cost like $20-30 to have them shipped to you while your system is under warranty. after warranty expires...cant buy cd's.




RE: Recovery Options
By ET on 6/15/2006 5:48:16 AM , Rating: 2
I had an IBM X22 which I bought used and out of support. I went to an IBM support station, and they recreated the original recovery partition for free.


RE: Recovery Options
By nortexoid on 6/14/2006 8:42:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah that's a pain. But most people have external hdds they can use to clone the factory image of the Averatec hdd. If your hdd fails and your warranty is up, just buy a new one and mirror the backup to the new drive.


RE: Recovery Options
By airjrdn on 6/14/2006 9:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
Just make an image of it when you get it. DriveImage XML, it's like Acronis True Image/Ghost/PowerQuest Drive image, but it's free. You can get it from http://www.missingbytes.net (my freeware site).


RE: Recovery Options
By plewis00 on 6/15/2006 4:28:31 AM , Rating: 2
Why not just Ghost or image the hard disk? IBM also do this and no one seems to be complaining about them. Anyway restore partitions are normally a waste because the installed applications slow the machine down massively and the drivers are always out of date - if it's out of warranty, it's going to be about a year out.


recovery
By Predatorgsr on 6/14/2006 10:02:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
dell, gateway, hp, compaq, emachines, toshiba...to name a few. with dell, you can pay $10 for a proprietary dell-only windows xp disc...at least its an option, and automatically reads your product key from the system firmware.


No, it's not the same at all.

Gateway and Emachines you can make a application & driver cd from the laptop, and it comes with the os cd. Hp and compaq allow you to create a full system image on a disk that includes the os. Acer allows you to create a recovery dvd from the laptop. Toshiba is the only brand on that list that doesn't have a hidden recovery partition, but they ship with the os cd as well as application cds. In addition, you can order replacement cd's from all the manufacturers for a small fee (~$10-30).

Averatec is the only big brand I've seen (I work retail part time as a tech) that has the policy that you are screwed if that recovery partition is damaged. Most people (especially retail customers) don't have the knowledge or time to avoid buying new software.




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