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Home > News Room > NEC Releases “LaVie Light,” a new computer series targeting the NetBook market for users needing a PC to easily access Internet and e-mail applications

NEC Releases “LaVie Light,” a new computer series targeting the NetBook market
for users needing a PC to easily access Internet and e-mail applications - Features a 160 GB hard disk, with a 17 mm pitch keyboard for maximum ease of use -

LaVie Light series(BL100/RA)

「LaVie Light series(BL100/RA)」

***For immediate use October 17, 2008


Tokyo, October 17, 2008 - NEC Corporation and NEC Personal Products Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, announced that NEC Personal Products has developed a new series of notebook PCs - the “LaVie Light” - designed for users who need a PC for easy access to the Internet and e-mail applications. The first model in the series becomes available for sale today in Japan. “LaVie Light” is the commercial name for the Japanese market. NEC will be accepting orders for LaVie Light via the “NEC Direct” PC shopping site in Japan. From mid-November, the company also plans to gradually roll out sales of equivalent model “NEC VERSA N1100” with overseas specs for Asia-Pacific markets (8 countries and regions) through NEC Computers Asia Pacific(*1).


The LaVie Light, which targets the “NetBook” market, features Intel’s(R) Atom(TM) processor N270, a maximum HDD capacity of 160 GB, and the official Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition Service Pack3. It also offers the support, quality, and user friendliness that customers have come to expect from NEC, which the company has cultivated through its long years of experience in the personal computer market.

Despite its compact size (250 mm (W) x 176.5 mm (H) x 31.3-36.5 mm (H) and light weight (1.17 kg)(*2), it provides outstanding ease of use, which is made possible through the keyboard’s 2 mm keystroke and a key pitch of 17 mm for easy input, and the “Power Off USB recharging function(*3)” that allows users to recharge digital music players and other devices through a USB connector, even when the PC’s power is off.
Its robust construction can withstand up to 150 kgf(*4) of pressure, making it ideal for portable use.

NEC will offer the same support services for the LaVie Light series as it does for current consumer PCs(*5) in Japan, including a dedicated phone line for repairs that accepts calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a week, and one year of free operations assistance following the date of purchase. The extensive support menu also includes “UltraCare International Service”(*6), which provides repair support to 25 countries around the world for customers who have purchased LaVie Light and taken it abroad.

Following is a description of the main features of the LaVie Light series.

1. Basic functions for easy access to Internet and e-mail applications

  • Features Intel’s(R) Atom(TM) processor N270, a new, low power consumption processor, and Genuine   
    Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition Service Pack3 operating system.
  • Compact (250 mm (W) x 176.5 mm (H) x 31.3-36.5 mm (H)), lightweight (1.17 kg)(*2) body, with an 8.9 inch wide LCD display (WSVGA (max. 1024 x 600 dot display) LED backlight).
  • Large capacity hard disk drive (Max. capacity: Approx. 160 GB) can store approximately 27,000 digital camera images (*7) .
  • Built-in wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g) enables wireless Internet access.
  • Built-in Web camera with an effective sensor resolution of 1.31 million pixels. The preinstalled “Windows Live(TM) Messenger” application enables TV phone and video chat.

2. Compact yet easy to use

  • “Power Off USB recharging function (*3)” allows recharging of digital music players and other devices through a USB connector, even when the PC’s power is off.
  • The “NX Pad” - a sliding pad positioned in front of the keyboard - has a “gesture function” that enables intuitive operations without using a mouse. This dramatically improves ease of operation; for example, an Internet browser or other screen can be magnified or reduced by simultaneously moving two fingers apart or together over the NX Pad, or the mouse pointer can be quickly moved to the edge of the screen by pulling the finger away from the Pad.
  • The keyboard has a keystroke of 2 mm and a key pitch of 17 mm for easy input.
  • “LaVie Light Menu” makes it possible to start up frequently used software, such as an Internet browser, e-mail, or electronic manuals, with a single click.
    Non-glare LCD panel reduces reflections of sunlight and other external light.
  • “Mobile Optimizer” eliminates the hassle of switching communication environments when using
    the PC in different locations.

3. Ensuring peace of mind in all usage environments

  • Flat top cover withstands pressure up to 150 kgf(*4). A space between the top cover and the LCD panel absorbs pressure, and the large rubber feet on the bottom of the PC distribute the pressure to ensure maximum robustness.
  • Same support service as existing personal computers. A variety of services ensure maximum peace of mind(*5), including Internet-based remote support via the PC screen; a dedicated phone line for repairs that accepts calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a week; and free operations assistance for one year after the date of purchase.
  • “UltraCare International Service”(*6) provides repair support for customers who have purchased LaVie Light and taken it abroad, with assistance in Japanese, even for users on overseas business trips. Users who register in advance are eligible for repair support from 25 countries around the world during the warranty period.

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(Notes)
(*1)

100% subsidiary of NEC Personal Products Ltd. President: Kiyotaka Matsubara; Head Office: Malaysia

(*2)

Weight includes standard battery pack.

(*3)

For a list of products compatible with the “Power Off USB recharging function,” please refer to:
http://121ware.com/navigate/products/pc/connect/usb/list.html

(*4)

This figure was obtained through in-house presssure tests. It is not a guarantee against damage or malfunction under actual usage conditions.

(*5)

Prior registration of customer information (including product registration) is required.

(*6)

To be eligible for this service, prior registration for overseas warranty service is required.
This service is available for a period of one year from the date on which the PC was purchased.
When using this PC overseas, please be sure to use a power cable that conforms to the specifications in the country in quesiton.
For details, please refer to: http://121ware.com/ultracare/jpn/

(*7)

Assuming photos with a resolution of 12 million pixels.
Based on: Available HDD space = 137 GB; Data per photo = 5 MB

(*8)

Internet environment required

・The brand and product names appearing in this press release are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
・Hard Disk Drive: 1 GB = 1 billion bytes
・Capacity recognizable from the OS may appear lower than the actual value.

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