Wal-Mart Offers Energy Efficient Notebook

Wal-Mart Offers Energy Efficient Notebook

Computer maker Everex Systems and Taiwanese chipmaker Via Technologies today announced what they’re calling the “world’s most energy efficient notebook” in the form of the Everex StepNote NC1500…and Wal-Mart is carrying it for under $498.

“Teaming up with VIA, Everex has been able to create an exciting new category of energy efficient portable computers,” stated John Lin, Everex’s VP of Sales, in a statement. “Unlike products which rely on costly, power hungry processors or potentially hazardous batteries, the ground-breaking design of the NC1500 provides consumers with a true, no-compromise alternative.”

The StepNot C1500 is powered by the Via C7-M processor running at 1.5 GHz and sporting a peak power consumption of just 12 Watts, enabling as much as 20 percent longer battery life than comparable systems. The StepNote C1500 also sports a 15.4-inch 1,280 by 800 (WXGA) LCD display driven by Via’s Unichrome Pro with Chromotion CE Video Display Engine, 512 MB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive, a dual layer DVD drive, 100Base-T Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi wireless networking, 2 USB 2.0 ports, VGA output, headphone/audio output, and buit-in mmic. The C1500 weighs in a 5.3 pounds, and measures 14.1 by 10.7 inches, with a depth ranging frm 0.9 to 1.5 inches. The systems come with Windows XP Home Edition.

“The latest notebook from Everex embodies the ‘Simply Mobile’ spirit of the Via C7-M processor in enabling truly portable computing,” commented Epan Wu, Deputy Director of CPU Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With the best performance-per-watt operation in the industry and innovative features such as Enhanced PowerSaver technology and the PadLock Security Engine, we’re confident that the NC1500 will be a front runner in a market yearning for robust mobile solutions.”

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