I find myself between a rock and a hard place with current notebooks. I want a large screen with a super high resolution and yet I still want it to be thin and light. Little known Averatec has served up the closest solution I’ve seen yet.
Its new 7100 series purports to be the lightest 17 incher in the world. The resolution isn’t great at 1366 x 768 but the surprise is the weight at only 3.2Kg. Granted that is exactly going to win it immediate entry into the ultra portable category but it is a relative featherweight for the size.
Specs are heavily dependent on user configuration with processor choices ranging from a 1.8GHz AMD Sempron to a similarly clocked 64bit Turion. RAM is expandable up to 2GB and there’s a choice of 80 or 100GB hard drives. The usual connectivity options are all present and correct including wireless g, a flash memory card reader and FireWire and the model goes on sale immediately with prices starting from just $849.
So the question is posed: if one of the smaller companies out there can lop the flab off its larger screened models what can we expected from the likes of Sony, Samsung and Lenovo? Personally I cherish the day I can get my hands on a 19in lappy with 1080p capable resolution that weighs around 2Kg. Let’s hope this is a start of things to come…
Looks like Averatec has enjoyed blowing its trumpet a bit too much with this one. Eagle eyed forum member R_Oozit points out that both the 17in Samsung M50 (3Kg) and equivalent Apple Powerbook (3.1Kg) have visited the toilets with slightly more regularity than the 7100 series. Kudos also to Tom for highlighting the slinkiness of the M50.