NEC showcases tough ultraportable for business
It can withstand more than 660 pounds of pressure but lacks other rugged features.
NEC demonstrated its toughest laptop to date, the Versa S9100, at an event in Singapore. Despite its sleek frame, the company claims the top cover is built to withstand up to 300 kilograms (about 661 pounds) per square foot of pressure, more than the Panasonic ToughBook CF-W7.
However, apart from the addition of a hard disk sensor, the Versa S9100 does not include a water-resistant keyboard. Nor was it drop-tested like the ToughBook, though its data security features are much stronger with a fingerprint biometric sensor and TPM security chip combo.
Features aside, the biggest drawback was its price. At S$4,099 (US$2,697), it is more expensive than the ToughBook and even the ThinkPad X61, which has a full-powered Core 2 Duo processor. Moreover, we were surprised to find that the NEC is retailing for a lot less outside the Singapore market.
The laptop was announced at a showcase for NEC's digital home entertainment strategy, which also saw the launch of two new desktop lines. You can check out the details in our coverage of the event here.
(Source: Crave Asia)