Nice laptop!

I really like this laptop (specs). It’s extremely lightweight (3.5 lbs) and portable without sacrificing on features. And it’s hundreds of dollars cheaper than the equivalent Fujitsu and almost a thousand dollars cheaper than the similarly small Sony Vaio and Sharp offerings. The only features missing are integrated bluetooth and webcam.

The idea was to wait for OSX Leopard to ship so I can pick up a Core2Duo-based Macbook/Pro with it inside, but none of these Mac laptops are actually lightweight — which is a big deal for me. Again, I have to weigh in how much I value Macbook’s extra features (and price, if I go for the Pro) compared to Averatec’s small size. Decisions, decisions…

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vince wrote on October 31st, 2006 at 4:00 AM PST:

Weight was super important for me too. (Less so now that I don’t travel as much.) As much as I want to find a notebook to run linux on (I prefer it over OSX), the PC side competition just can’t seem to build something light AND thin. The Avartec you link to is 1.4″ thick which is rather large for something so light.

My MacBook Pro (not a fair comparison since it’s so heavy) is 1″ thick and has a great graphics card. Give me those two features in any other notebook and I’ll take it as long as the screen is between 12.1″ and 15.4″.

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Eugenia wrote on October 31st, 2006 at 4:35 AM PST:

Honestly, when you are looking at an ultra-portable, thickness is really does not matter much, size and weight does. All these electronics have to go somewhere anyway. The Macbooks are too large and heavy for my taste. The Macbooks are much more difficult to carry around than this laptop,e ven if they are thinner.

BTW, Sony has an ultra portable that is actually thin, but it’s too expensive. This laptop I link here is actually the best in terms of size and price.

Horizon-riche wrote on October 31st, 2006 at 6:16 AM PST:

Averatec 2300, a 4-pound system with a 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 processor, a 12.1-inch WXGA display, a 100GB hard drive, and a built-in double-layer DVD burner, all for the low, low starting price of $849. (link1, link2)

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Eugenia wrote on October 31st, 2006 at 7:39 AM PST:

That 2300 model is faster, but it consumes more battery and it’s considerably bigger overall. Worse, it uses the GeForce gfx and chipset which is not 100% compatible with Linux, while Compiz does not support the new nVidia drivers. If you just want an XP machine and don’t care much about battery get the 2300, if you want a multi-boot machine with better battery, get the one I linked.

Horizon-riche wrote on October 31st, 2006 at 9:04 AM PST:

10 inch screen MacBook Pro that cost 850$ , with Mac OSX Leopard , Vista included , GNU/Linux included/ready , we all agree that’s what we want ? ;-) , availaible on GooglEbay in 10 years.

vince wrote on November 1st, 2006 at 1:49 AM PST:

Wow.. did you see this?
Give me a good graphics card in there and I’d pay $3k (if I had $3k..)

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Eugenia wrote on November 1st, 2006 at 5:01 AM PST:

Yup, seen it, really nice. But the 2k+ it costs are also nice. ;-)

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