Netbooks, or ultra-portable laptops, such as the Asus EeePC are already a big hit. But if you want a little more in terms of style and performance, LG's X110 model might just what you're looking for.
Expected in stores next month, the X110 comes with a sleek, glossy white case. But its exterior is not the only thing that shines: it has impressive credentials with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM and up to 120GB of hard disk space, making it equivalent to many full-size laptops released just a year earlier.
The X110 comes with an 8.9-inch display, like other netbooks, for easy portability, and a range of optional configurations, including a GPS module and an option to forgo the hard disk for 6GB of Flash memory.
By far the coolest option is an integrated module for HSPA, the broadband technology from your mobile operator. That means you can literally connect to the Net from anywhere you get cell phone coverage. Just make sure to sign up for an unlimited mobile data usage plan with your provider.
Also, be warned to read all the details of the plan, as data from some applications such as MSN and even POP email are sometimes not counted in the all-you-can-eat bundles.
If that sounds like too much of a financial risk, the integrated Wi-Fi and standard Ethernet plug for fixed broadband should make life simpler.
Initial information on the X110 says it will run Windows XP.
The X110 is listed in Europe for the equivalent of between HK$4,600 and HK$5,800, so expect similar pricing when it's released here.
Pros: full-featured laptop contained in netbook form, integrated mobile broadband, webcam, sleek design
Cons: mobile data bills could skyrocket!
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