It's been a while since we first saw the $199 NorhTech Gecko hit the scene, but the AA-powered netbook looks to finally be hitting US shores in proper fashion, and the crew at Lilliputing just got their tester. Inside it's no great shakes, with a 1GHz Xcore86 processor, 512MB of RAM, an 8GB SD card, and an 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 display -- but almost every component can be swapped out for a more powerful variant, including the processor. That's certainly intriguing, especially for the education market NorhTech is targeting, but we're mostly on the edge of our seats waiting to find out how long those AAs last under some real use. Check one video after the break and another at the read link.

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NorhTech Gecko netbook loaded up with AAs and booted