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NEC VERSA S900 (Centrino)
By Aaron Yip
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Jimmy Tang on Saturday, 24th May, 2003
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

We have already seen some of the Centrino offerings from Dell and IBM. Today we shall take a look at another Centrino Mobile Technology solution from the other side of the globe, the VERSA S900 from the Japan-based company NEC. Based on the VERSA S Series of notebooks, the S900 is also the newest baby from NEC and in more than a few ways, resembles the VERSA S260. For instance, both notebooks sports a similar 12.1-inch super-thin high resolution XGA TFT display and three USB 2.0 ports. We're not here to stress on the difference between the new and the old of course, so do have a good read at the technical specifications table below if you want to have an idea of what the S900 have to offer.

The S Series have always been the sub-notebooks of the VERSA family, and having a new model number indicates that the S900, like the Intel Centrino Mobile Technology, was designed from the ground up. NEC have been calling the S900 a thin and light notebook, but our experience with it didn't quite give us that impression. You'll find out why in the next few pages.

The NEC VERSA S900 as seen here.

The VERSA S900 that NEC sent to us sports a Pentium-M 1.3GHz processor, 256MB of DDR266 memory and a 40GB capacity hard drive. It comes with an Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 wireless adapter too, since the S900 is a Centrino-labeled notebook.

NEC VERSA S900 Technical Specifications
Processor
  • Intel P-M 1.3GHz
  • 1MB L2 Cache
  • Memory
  • 256MB
  • Storage
  • Toshiba 40GB - 4,200rpm
  • Display
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 (/w 32MB Dedicated VRAM)
  • 12.1" XGA TFT Active Matrix
  • Ports on System
  • Headphone jack
  • Microphone jack
  • 2 x Type-II / 1 x Type-III PC Card
  • Infra-red
  • 3x USB 2.0
  • S-Video Out
  • Modem
  • Ethernet
  • VGA
  • Internal Mic
  • Size and Weight
  • 28.4cm x 24.5cm x 3.6cm (LxBxH)
  • Starting from 2.25kg
  • Bundled Software
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Price and Warranty
  • S$3699.00
  • 1 Year International Service & Support
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