NEC joins the netbook party

NEC announced today it had entered the netbook market, with the release of its 8.9-inch Versa N1100 based on the Intel Atom processor.

NEC announced today it had entered the netbook market, with the release of its 8.9-inch Versa N1100 based on Intel's Atom processor.

The NEC Versa N1100
(Credit: NEC)

The netbook, weighing in at 1.17kg, will run Windows XP. Additional specifications include a 160GB HDD, Wi-Fi (a/g), 1GB DDR2 RAM, a 1,024x600 resolution display and a webcam. They keyboard on the N1100 is 10 per cent smaller than a standard keyboard, while the system comes with a one year warranty.

Priced at AU$749, NEC said the netbook would be available in the middle of November this year. Compared to the diverse range of netbooks now available (see table below), NEC's offering is middle of the range in both price and weight.

Vendor Netbook Weight (kg) Price (AU)
Asus Eee PC 1000 1.45 $699
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 1.035 $599
HP 2133 Mini-Note 1.31 $899
NEC Versa N1100 1.17 $749
Acer Aspire One 0.995 $599
Lenovo S10 1.2 $699
OLPC XO 1.45 Not for retail sale

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