Netbook Navigator has a habit of putting out products that don’t seem to fit the company’s branding. The first few Netbook Navigator computers were tablets, not netbooks. Now the company is introducing a 13.3 inch laptop it’s calling an ultrabook — even though Intel has trademarked the term to describe something a bit different.
The Netbook Navigator Nav13X certainly looks like an ultrabook. It features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and a thin and light case. It measures 0.6 inches thick, weighs about 2.9 pounds, and looks an awful lot like a MacBook Air or Asus Zenbook.
The difference is that the MacBook Air and ultrabooks feature speedy Intel Core i5 or faster processors, while the Nav 13X has a 1.86 GHz Intel Atom N2800 Cedar Trail processor.
While that’s the latest and greatest Intel has to offer in its Atom lineup, it’s no match for the company’s Core i-series chips, and Intel’s guidelines for ultrabooks generally require PC makers to use the more powerful chips. I can’t help but wonder if Netbook Navigator will run afoul of Intel’s marketing arm by calling the Nav13X an ultrabook.
That said, it certainly looks like a nice alternative to a typical netbook. The computer is available with a 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB solid state disk, 2GB or 3GB of RAM, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Unfortunately you need a special adapter to use Ethernet or VGA ports, but there’s a standard mini-HDMI port for output and the computer has 2 USB 2.0 ports and an SD card slot.
Prices start at $499.99 for a Nav13X laptop with 2GB of RAM, a 32GB solid state disk, and no operating system.