We've always been a desktop company. For schools and institutions, we still think desktops are better because you can match them with a full size keyboard and mouse and a big monitor. If one of those pieces fails it can be swapped out and it's easier for 2 students to share a 20" monitor than a notebook display.
But for individual consumers the story is different.
A notebook is the least expensive and most energy efficient way to combine a computer, display, and keyboard. And of course, it's more portable.
Right now, the budget notebook market is split between netbooks and desktop replacements. Netbooks offer great battery life but have 10" displays and cramped keyboards that make them unusable as a primary computer. They are great for "couch surfing" and as a secondary PC but too awkward for long term use.
Desktop Replacements usually have 15" displays but terrible battery life and are awkward to carry.
The N2 offers something between these options with a 12" display and a DVD-RW in a portable package with a 6-cell battery.
Complete specs are:
- 12.1" 1280 x 800 Matte Display (Glossy Displays are too reflective for use in sunny countries)
- T4400 Pentium Dual Core Processor (2 x 2.2GHz)...a powerful enough processor to play 720p videos or watch YouTube in High Definition.
- 2GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
- 250GB 5400RPM Hard Drive or 40GB Intel X25-V Solid State Drive
- 802.11 b/g/n WLAN
- 1.3 MP Webcam
- 3 x USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x Gigabit LAN
- 8X DVD-RW Dual Layer Drive
- 1.792 KG