NEC Launches Semi-portable Desktop

Adds an interesting twist to an existing concept.

We weren’t particularly enamoured with the last NEC system we saw, but the latest creation to come from the company is definitely piquing my interest for originality of concept if nothing else. At first glance it looks like an all-in-one PC, but a second look reveals features such as a built-in keyboard and carrying handle. NEC is calling its Powermate P5000 a hybrid PC, something in between a notebook and a desktop.

Basically the concept is that rather than having multiple computers around the house, you can have one computer that you can take into various rooms. Specs wise the system offers a 17.1in 1,440 x 900 panel, a 1.6GHz AMD Turion TL-52 processor and the option of either 1GB or 2GB of DDR2 RAM – the latter being called the P5010. As the processor implies these are laptop parts, but the practice of using notebook components in an all-in-one desktop isn’t exactly new.

Other features include built-in Wi-Fi, a slot-loading DVD drive (always a plus in my book) and graphics grunt, such as it is, in the form of a Radeon X1200. Weight wise the P5000 comes in at around 4Kg which fits with its pretensions as a semi-portable desktop. In fact the nearest thing I can think to compare it too is HP’s Pavilion HDX, and the price of the NEC gives it a big advantage there, costing as it does around $1700 Stateside. UK pricing or release information isn’t available right now, so keep your eyes and ears open if you’re interested.

NEC P5000 micro-site.

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