NEC launches indoor-outdoor notebook

NEC on Tuesday launched its Versa DayLite, an ultra-portable notebook featuring an indoor/outdoor screen and a 600MHz Crusoe processor from Transmeta.

The notebook features an illuminated reflective display, which lets users save power outside by lowering the illumination on the screen as the display reflects natural light. Indoors, the display functions as usual, using illumination, NEC said in a statement. The Versa also uses an internal lithium polymer battery to supplement the removable lithium ion battery. The notebook can last for 7.5 hours with illumination turned off, and more than four hours with illumination set at maximum brightness, the company said.

The standard configuration of the Versa DayLite has a 10.4-inch (26.4 centimeter) TFT (thin-film transistor) display, an external USB (universal serial bus) CD-ROM drive, 128M bytes of RAM and a 20G-byte hard drive. The notebook weighs 3.3 pounds without external drives, and has a profile of 1.25 inches, NEC said.

The Versa DayLite is available immediately, priced at US$2,499.

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