Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Avaratec 18" Desktop Netbook For $550

Looks like netbooks are about to go after the desktop market as well. This is sure to drive down prices of many desktops and is a way to get Windows XP revitalized.
Before you read any further, we'll tell you the catch. It's not actually a netbook. It's just powered with the specs of a netbook. This Avaratec All In One features an 18.4 swiveling screen, 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, DVD burner and Windows XP. Sure, you can call it an underpowered iMac ripoff, but then you'd be missing that the whole system runs only $550 and can mount on your wall like an LCD TV.
  • Thickness: 1.3-inch base, .59-inch LCD
  • Built-In Webcam & MIC
  • Piano Black Design
  • Weight approx 4 lbs.
  • Microsoft Windows XP ULCPC
  • Intel ATOM CPU: N270 (1.6GHz / 533MHz FSB / 512K)
  • 18.4″ Widescreen LCD (1680 x 945)
  • 1GB DDR2 System Memory
  • 160GB SATA HDD
  • Super Multi Dual Layer DVD Burner
  • 802.11 b/g wireless LAN integrated
  • Integrated webcam (1.3M) and 5 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 Memory Card Reader
  • 15 pin D-Sub Video out port
This Averatec All In One should be available in the US by the holiday season in black only.
This looks like it would be a fantastic PC for surfing the web, watching DVDs, web-chatting, e-mailing, watching YouTube, blogging, writing, etc. -- about 90% of what most consumers use PCs for. Toss in some free software like OpenOffice and this is all the computer most people would ever need.

This will be selling for $550 and I expect price drops to come soon as more suppliers enter this market. Just like mobile netbooks, I'll be the entry of units like this into the computer marketplace has a lot of computer manufacturers shaking in their boots.

Read more on this and see more photos here.

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