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Averatec Introduces Thin & Light 10-Inch Netbook

Averatec Introduces Thin & Light 10-Inch Netbook

Claiming to be the thinnest, lightest 10.1-inch netbook on the market today, the new Averatec N1200 weighs 2.2 pounds and measures less than an inch thick. In order to make this design possible, the N1200 incorporates a slim LED LCD as well as a 7mm hard drive and a magnesium-alloy casing. The N1200 features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 160GB or 250GB hard drive, 1GB DDR2 memory, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam. This new netbook offers up to six hours of battery life with the extended battery model. The N1200 will come in three configuration options ranging in price from $329 to $379.

Averatec Introduces Thinnest, Lightest 10-inch Netbook on the Market

Extended Battery Models Offer Up to Six Hours Battery Life

SANTA ANA, Calif.--TriGem USA today announced the Averatec N1200 Series netbook, the thinnest, lightest 10.1-inch netbook on the market today. The netbook weighs in at 2.2 pounds, measures less than one-inch thick, and offers up to six hours of battery life with the extended battery model. The N1200 will be offered in different models to match a customer’s computing needs and budget requirements, with prices ranging from $329 to $379.

Three models will be offered and feature various configurations based on either the Windows XP Home or Windows 7 Starter operating systems. Extended battery models will also be available to increase battery performance from three to six hours.

To achieve this design, the engineering team at TriGem incorporated materials and components typically found on more expensive ultra-slim notebooks. Cutting-edge technologies such as ultra-slim LED LCDs along with super-slim 7mm hard drives are some of the key components which enable the N1200 Series netbook to be less than one-inch thick. Magnesium-alloy casing and the use of lithium polymer battery cells help to keep the weight down to 2.2 pounds, making it the lightest in its class.

“To build a leading-class netbook, you need to think about how it should be built,” said Bob Davidson, TriGem USA senior vice president. “The lines between low-cost netbooks and ultra-portable notebooks are becoming blurred and consumers are no longer satisfied with mere compact clamshell-shaped netbooks. They want all the premium styling and features found in ultra-portable notebooks but at much more affordable prices.”

The new Averatec N1200 Series netbook features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and operating system options for either Microsoft Windows XP Home or Windows 7 Starter. For videoconferencing and video Web chat, the netbook includes a 1.3-megapixel webcam. Storage options include 160GB and 250GB hard drives and the N1200 comes standard with 1GB DDR2 memory which is expandable to 2GB of total system memory.

The Averatec N1200 Series netbook is available for purchase this month at retail partners such as BestBuy.com, TigerDirect.com and OfficeMax.com.

TriGem’s products are backed by a one-year limited warranty and one-year of U.S.-based technical support available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Specifications – Model N1200 Series

Model Name

N1231EA1E-1S (Silver)

N1231EA1E-1B (Bronze)

N1231EE1E-1 (Silver)

N1231FE1E-1S (Silver)

N1231FE1E-1 (Bronze)

Battery (hrs)

Up to 3hrs

Up to 3hrs

Up to 6hrs

Screen Size

10.1” Wide LED LCD (16:9) (1024 x 600)

10.1” Wide LED LCD (16:9) (1024 x 600)

10.1” Wide LED LCD (16:9) (1024 x 600)

Processor

ATOM N450 (1.66GHz)

ATOM N450 (1.66GHz)

ATOM N450 (1.66GHz)

Chipset

Intel NM10

Intel NM10

Intel NM10

Memory

1GB DDR2

1GB DDR2

1GB DDR2

Hard Drive

160GB HDD

160GB HDD

250GB HDD

Optical

N/A

N/A

N/A

WLAN

802.11N

802.11N

802.11N

LAN

10/100 LAN

10/100 LAN

10/100 LAN

Bluetooth

None

None

Bluetooth

Video Solution

Intel Integrated

Intel Integrated

Intel Integrated

Webcam

1.3 megapixel

1.3 megapixel

1.3 megapixel

Operating System

Windows XP Home

Windows 7 Starter

Windows 7 Starter

Audio

High Def. Audio

High Def. Audio

High Def. Audio

Weight/Dimensions

2.2lbs/10.7”x6.5”x.9” (without the feet)

2.2lbs/10.7”x6.5”x.9” (without the feet)

2.46lbs/10.7”x6.5”x.1.0” (without the feet)

MSRP

$329.99

$349.99

$379.99

 
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*Only* 6 hours of battery life? For that price, and specs so pathetic, I kind of expected more. Remember, Averatec, that it doesn't matter how thin and light your netbook is, if you make people stick in an extended battery, or carry around a power adapter as well.

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Yeah those are very good points Nether, I don't personally see much in this, especially because with this performance profile I can get a device very close component wise which operates for almost twice the time. Yes it may be a quarter of and inch thinner, other than that I don't see much. As for adding the features of a UL I don't see much of that either especially with the higher price.

I could go grab one of the Asus or MSI units for less and operate almost twice as long with maybe a 1/8 to a 1/16th performance penalty if that.

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It has the same specs as much less expensive units. I can't see owning one for more money unless having it would get you a date with Halle Berry or something as good.

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