Intex' N101 boast good memory, graphics
Intel's Atom processor has fuelled an entire generation of ultra-small notebook computers, which the industry variously calls Netbook, MiniNote, Ultra Mobile PC or whatever. Almost as the PC biggies have launched a platform in this form factor and most of them are on the wrong side of Rs 20,000, unless one is okay with no hard drive.
Now the Delhi based Intex Technologies, a 13 year old Indian provider of IT and phone hardware, has unveiled its own Netbook that those who don't want to pay more for a big brand name might find good value for money.
The N101-WC1100 is a 10 inch LED-back lit mini portable PC with a 160 GB SATA hard drive. It is based on Intel's Atom N270 chip but what is a sort of extra in this price category is the good 82845 graphics controller-chip set . To allow the machine to harness the 2D-3D graphics capability one needs decent-sized memory -- and the N101 comes with a respectable 1 GB. We would suggest increasing this to 2GB straight away at extra cost.
The built in camera, too does not stint on specs: it is a 1.3 mega pixel model. Wireless LAN, bluetooth, standard LAN are all there , together with a 7 in 1 mini card reader. It's not the lightest model in this category, at 1.2 kg but all told, we think this is what Indians would call 'paise vasool' ( money's worth). The N101 costs Rs 18,900 ( black) with the red model costing Rs 19,400.
The battery life is not spectacular -- 4 hours is claimed -- but it might be a good idea to run one of the Linux operating systems which will come virtually free, since OS is extra. ( July 16 2009)