Tired of waiting for Intel
to serve up a proper successor to the aged Atom N270 and N280 netbook processors? So was Haleron, a foreign PC maker who has suddenly shot to fame after equipping its own netbook
with not one, but two Atom N270 CPUs. Yes, a dual-CPU netbook. Is the world coming to an end? We're not quite sure, but we'd surmise that a twin-processor netbook is a decent sign that it is.
The Swordfish Net 102 Dual, outside of its funky CPU setup, is a pretty standard machine. It has a 10.1" display, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 1.3MP camera, 160GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, Windows XP, Bluetooth 2.0 and a built-in 3G module. We do appreciate the trio of USB 2.0 sockets, 4-in-1 card reader, Ethernet jack and stereo speakers, but the 3-cell battery just feels weak. Particularly when you think about just how much battery life two CPUs will drain while working in tandem. For those brave enough to give this wild thing a shot, it's up for order right now for $449, which isn't much more than most single-CPU netbooks these days.