NEC has been making lightweight notebooks for about as long as the category has existed (the first UltraLite came out in 1989), but the company hasn't exactly been a leader in the rugged notebook front dominated by the likes of Panasonic's Toughbook. Now, with the VersaPro UltraLite notebook (or should we stay consistent and call it a NoteBook?), the company hopes to change that. The 2.2 pound notebook can, according to NEC, resist pressure of up to 330 pounds, and has a magnesium frame and hard-drive shock-absorbers. The notebook also includes biometric security, a 1.2GHz Pentium M, and a measly 20GB hard drive and 256MB of RAM. Those specs make it kind of weak, meaning the main reason to pick this up is to drop it. Anyone wanna toss one and see if it's as rugged as NEC claims?
[Via Akihabara News]