April 17, 2009 at 6:34 pm
Seemingly, everyone is trying to get a piece of the netbook pie and this time it’s the turn of UK-based manufacturer Stone. It has today announced its first foray into netbooks with the Neo 101. Now unfortunately for them, it seems that the 10-inch Neo 101 netbook is not ‘The One’. You would have seen the specifications a million times before and the design doesn’t do anything different either. The only redeeming feature seems to be that it comes with a three-year warranty, a first that I’m aware of.
The Neo 101 comes with a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) display powered by a 1.6GHz N270 Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. Other features include Wi-Fi, two USB ports, 1.3MP webcam an ExpressCard slot and optional 3G. The keyboard is 90 percent of a full sized keyboard. The Neo weighs 1.3kg and comes with a 4-cell battery.
The Neo 101 is priced at £275 excluding VAT, which brings it in line with the Samsung NC10 and MSI Wind. Seems like a tough sell to me, even with the three-year warranty. It will be available from 1 May.