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Tuesday, 02 June 2009 12:31

NEC launches two new LaVie Light netbooks

Written by Nedim Hadzic

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The BL100 and BL300/310/350

 
NEC Japan is set to add two new netbooks to its LaVie series, and these additions rightfully deserve the “Light” suffix as NEC did a good job in keeping the weight low. Unfortunately, other than that the BL100 and the BL300/310/350 as they’re called, don’t bring anything impressive to the table,

The BL100 comes with Atom N270 at 1.60GHz, a 10.1-inch LCD, webcamera, 1GB of RAM and EEE802.11b/g WiFi. It weighs only 1.07kg, most likely courtesy of the 16GB SSD and will be available in white only at a $520 price point.

The BL300 series comes with the same LCD panel but the CPU in question is the Atom N280 at 1.66GHz. It comes with 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, webcamera, IEEE802.11n Draft 2.0 / IEEE802.11b/g WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. It seems that the only difference between the BL300/BL310 and the BL350 is the battery and thus the weight, as the BL300/BL310 weighs 1.14kg and runs 4.2 hours on a single charge whereas the BL350 weighs 1.32kg and is capable of 7.4 hours on a single charge. BL300-series will come in three colors: red, white and black.

The BL310 comes with preinstalled Microsoft Office and all the models will run on Windows XP. The BL350 and BL310 are priced at $725 whereas the BL300 stands at $625. The devices should be available in Japan as of June 4th, but unfortunately there’s no word on availability or pricing outside of Japan yet. 

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The BL100

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The BL300 in red

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The BL350 in black
 

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