Averatec N1200: The Thinnest, Lightest 10-inch Netbook Starts at $330

Most netbooks are fairly thin and fairly light, but the Averatec N1200 happens to be both the thinnest and the lightest 10-inch netbook on the market.

Less than an inch thick and just 2.2lbs, the stock (aka cheapest and lightest) N1200 features an Atom N450 processor (that's the new, more energy efficient model), 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM (expandable to 2GB), webcam, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. It runs XP or Win 7 Starter for an admittedly scant three hours per charge. Such is the price of weight.

Aside from the inevitable coat of fingerprints on that piano black finish, it's really not a bad looking netbook at all. You can also pick up the N1200 in silver, but you know, silver is the old black.

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Averatec Introduces Thinnest, Lightest 10-inch Netbook on the Market

Extended Battery Models Offer Up to Six Hours Battery Life

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 2, 2010 — TriGem USA today announced the Averatec N1200 Series netbook, the thinnest, lightest 10.1-inch netbook on the market today. The netbook weighs in at 2.2 pounds, measures less than one-inch thick, and offers up to six hours of battery life with the extended battery model. The N1200 will be offered in different models to match a customer's computing needs and budget requirements, with prices ranging from $329 to $379.

Three models will be offered and feature various configurations based on either the Windows XP Home or Windows 7 Starter operating systems. Extended battery models will also be available to increase battery performance from three to six hours.

To achieve this design, the engineering team at TriGem incorporated materials and components typically found on more expensive ultra-slim notebooks. Cutting-edge technologies such as ultra-slim LED LCDs along with super-slim 7mm hard drives are some of the key components which enable the N1200 Series netbook to be less than one-inch thick. Magnesium-alloy casing and the use of lithium polymer battery cells help to keep the weight down to 2.2 pounds, making it the lightest in its class.

"To build a leading-class netbook, you need to think about how it should be built," said Bob Davidson, TriGem USA senior vice president. "The lines between low-cost netbooks and ultra-portable notebooks are becoming blurred and consumers are no longer satisfied with mere compact clamshell-shaped netbooks. They want all the premium styling and features found in ultra-portable notebooks but at much more affordable prices."

The new Averatec N1200 Series netbook features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and operating system options for either Microsoft Windows XP Home or Windows 7 Starter. For videoconferencing and video Web chat, the netbook includes a 1.3-megapixel webcam. Storage options include 160GB and 250GB hard drives and the N1200 comes standard with 1GB DDR2 memory which is expandable to 2GB of total system memory.
The Averatec N1200 Series netbook is available for purchase this month at retail partners such as BestBuy.com, TigerDirect.com and OfficeMax.com.

TriGem's products are backed by a one-year limited warranty and one-year of U.S.-based technical support available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Specifications – N1200 Series

MODEL NAME: N1231EA1E-1S (Silver) / N1231EA1E-1B (Bronze)

Battery (hrs): Up to 3hrs
Screen Size: 10.1" Wide LED LCD (16:9) (1024 x 600)
Processor: ATOM N450 (1.66GHz)
Chipset: Intel NM10
Memory: 1GB DDR2
Hard Drive: 160GB HDD
Optical: N/A
WLAN: 802.11N
LAN: 10/100 LAN
Bluetooth: None
Video Solution: Intel Integrated
Webcam: 1.3 megapixel
Operating System: Windows XP Home
Audio: High Def. Audio
Weight/Dimensions:2.2lbs/10.7"x6.5"x.9"(without the feet)
MSRP: $329.99

MODEL NAME: N1231EE1E-1 (Silver)

Battery (hrs): Up to 3hrs
Screen Size: 10.1" Wide LED LCD (16:9) (1024 x 600)
Processor: ATOM N450 (1.66GHz)
Chipset: Intel NM10
Memory: 1GB DDR2
Hard Drive: 160GB HDD
Optical: N/A
WLAN: 802.11N
LAN: 10/100 LAN
Bluetooth: None
Video Solution: Intel Integrated
Webcam: 1.3 megapixel
Operating System: Windows 7 Starter
Audio: High Def. Audio
Weight/Dimensions: 2.2lbs/10.7"x6.5"x.9"(without the feet)
MSRP: $349.99

MODEL NAME: N1231FE1E-1S (Silver) / N1231FE1E-1 (Bronze)

Battery (hrs): Up to 6hrs
Screen Size: 10.1" Wide LED LCD (16:9) (1024 x 600)
Processor: ATOM N450 (1.66GHz)
Chipset: Intel NM10
Memory: 1GB DDR2
Hard Drive: 250GB HDD
Optical: N/A
WLAN: 802.11N
LAN: 10/100 LAN
Bluetooth: Bluetooth
Video Solution: Intel Integrated
Webcam: 1.3 megapixel
Operating System: Windows 7 Starter
Audio: High Def. Audio
Weight/Dimensions: 2.46lbs/10.7"x6.5"x.1.0" (without the feet)
MSRP: $379.99