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NEC Details VersaPro UltraLite Type VS Netbook


NEC Details VersaPro UltraLite Type VS Netbook

If the Asus 'seashell' Eee PC 1008HA is still a bit too big and heavy for you, NEC's VersaPro UltraLite Type VS might be the netbook you're looking for. At 29.9mm to 15.8mm it's a slightly more pronounced 'wedge' than the 1008HA, albeit thinner at the pointy end, but at 725g it's light enough to give Asus a decent kick in the proverbial.

The 10.6in screen features a 1,280 x 768 resolution which further bests most other netbooks while a 64GB SSD, 1GB of RAM and a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 CPU aren't spectacular, but shouldn't give cause for concern.

Ethernet, three USB ports and an SD card reader are present but a video output is conspicuous in its absence. Battery life is claimed at 4.1 hours with an extended unit also available, doubling that duration.

The snag - and this is a big one - is the price tag of a shocking ¥176,000 (£1153). That's MacBook Air or Vaio TT money! Japanese buyers will be able to grab a system at a promotional price of ¥99,750 (£654) for a short period after its release, but that deal seems unlikely to extend to the UK - should the system be sold here at all, that is.



May 27, 2009, 6:45 pm

What the hell? Is NEC mad? Looks like the netbook market doesn't know what it is with products like this floating around.

I keep saying this, but we have to remember what a netbook was supposed to be, a $300 little machine that does the basics.

For this money I'll take a Vaio TT, at least it has an optical drive and decent performance.

I would love to meet the person/people who buy this. I take it there isn't going to be a TR review? ;)


May 27, 2009, 7:34 pm

Its a Z540 atom processor not Z40


May 28, 2009, 11:37 am

how much profit do companies make off these things? it must be the only reason people keep making them by the truck loads.


May 28, 2009, 4:29 pm

no video output? they must be kidding

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