With the quest for differentiation leading to “high-end” netbooks that cost upwards of $750, but still rely on the low powered Intel Atom platform, Averatec has recognized a niche to fill with the 12-inch N2700. It might not be as portable as a 9-inch or 10-inch netbook, but it addresses most of their shortcomings with a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (T6400) CPU, 4GB RAM, dual-layer DVD burner, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 4-pin FireWire port and an Intel GMA 4500HD graphics chipset that’s capable of pushing 1080p video without breaking a sweat.
For some unknown reason, Averatec has soured the whole experience by forgetting to address one of the main complaints about netbooks – the keyboard. While HP managed to get things pretty much spot on with the 10-inch Mini 2140, Averatec had another two inches to play with and managed to mess this one up in a big way. Touch typists should avoid this one like the plague.
The Averatec N2700 will set you back $699 from www.shopaveratec.com or selected retailers.