NEC has an update to their rugged, UltraLite series of laptops in the chute with this, the VersaPro VC. In what should be an oxymoron of features, these ultra-lightweights start at just 970-grams (2.14-pounds) yet are rugged enough to withstand up to 150-kg of pressure to the case. The 12.1-inch laptop with up to a 1280x1024 pixel display can be configured with a 1.06GHz Core Duo U2400 or Celeron M 423 processor, Intel 945GMS Express graphics, up to 1.5GB of DDR2 memory and 100GB 5400rpm SATA disk, dual-layer DVD writer, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, and security via fingerprint scanner and FeliCa port. You can even squeeze out 14.5 hours off an optional battery if you don't mind the added weight. Pre-order now, nicely spec'd for about ¥271,950 or about $2,351 when these ship in late January.

[Via Impress]