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
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
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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