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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