Japanese manufacturer PC-Koubou has just released seven new laptops, including two featuring Core Duo
processors. The 12-inch Lesance NB QU207IW-DUO laptop seen here comes loaded with a Core Duo T2300 1.66GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 60GB HD, and Intel 945G chipset in a 2 kg package (4.4 pounds) retailing for 139,980 Yen (or just over $1,240US). The other Core Duo-based unit, the CL516IN-DUO-GT, packs the same specs in a larger laptop with a 15-inch SXGA screen and is a bit cheaper at 129,980 Yen, or about $1,150US. Also somewhat notable is the CL511RN-M, which features a Pentium M 750 (1.86GHz) processor, 1GB RAM, and slightly more capable ATI Radeon Mobility X700 graphics, along with a glossy 15-inch SXGA screen - it runs 149,980 Yen ($1,330US). The remaing four are all fairly run of the mill, with all but one using Celeron M processors and ranging in price from 81,980 to 129,980 Yen ($727 to $1,150US). As you've probably guessed, these are all available only in Japan.