It was not that long ago when the industry was claiming that the netbook market was dead because of the rise of the table. Yet In Japan the mobile computing market is massive and as such, it can take the launch of another netbook in its stride, but the new LaVie Light BL350/FW from NEC is not just another netbook.
This 10.1 inch device may have the appearance of most other netbooks, but it comes with some serious specs and is clearly looking to fill the gap in the market between home users and mobile professional users.
This new netbook comes with the normal 10.1 inch LED back lit display with a 1366 x 768 of pixel resolution. It will be powered by a dual core 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N570 processor, it comes with a memory of 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 250 GB hard disk drive (HDD) which should be enough for the needs of most users.
Finally, this netbook as with most others will be running Microsoft Windows 7 Starter 32 bit (SP1) operating system.
The buyer will get to choose from a range of colours, but despite the specs, choice of colours and the brand name, this netbook has another feature that really stands out and that is the price! It seems that no matter which way you are looking at this netbook, impressive is a good description but not necessarily in a good way.
When the LaVie Light BL350/FW finally makes to the US, NEC will be looking at a $775 starting price, the problem facing NEC is. If this netbook goes on sale in the US are consumers going to see the price and think “Wow” or “Ouch” without even checking over the specs and features, this is the dilemma for manufacturers who try to target the high end of the market.
Source [Tech Fresh]