Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cedar Trail and the Neo Vivid VC2EW-114 N2600 Dual Core NetBook

Neo has released its new Vivid VC2EW-114. With a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 screen, 2GB of RAM and 500 GB hard drive, the most notable thing about this offering is that it comes with Intel new Atom, the long awaited Intel N2600 Cedar Trail platform. This gives netbooks the ability to play 1080p video from stored content. From a hardware standpoint, these cool running processors can be cooled passively, meaning a fan is optional. This can result in some very interesting designs.

The Neo Vivid VC2EW-114 is designed as a conventional netbook.  With overall performance is similar to the AMD Fusion C-50 chipset, basically it beings nothing which has not been available for several months. With a 1024 x 600 screen it cannot play 1080p or 720p video at their native resolution. Being priced at Php15,999 the Neo Vivid VC2EW-114 is not particularly inexpensive. 

If you are looking for something in this price range, we suggest you spend a little more and get an AMD C-60 powered unit with a larger, higher resolution, 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) screen, or better yet Samsung NP305 with a AMD E450 processor at about Php17,500.
The Cedar Trail will may make for some very interesting low cost devices in the near future. The Neo Vivid VC2EW-114 is just not one of them. Things like the ultra thin and ultralight  Asus Eee PC X101CH, which we expect to see in the next month or two, will be a much more compelling Cedar Trail solution.

Asus Eee PC X101CH

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