When NEC first announced it would be entering the netbook fray, my initial reaction was “my, what an ugly little netbook.” After all, the only thing that seemed to set the NEC LaVie Light apart from the throngs of other netbooks was a rather boxy looking case with an unfortunate color scheme (A black PC with a white keyboard? Really?). But it appears that the case isn’t just ugly. It’s also sturdy.
APC Magazine reports that the NEC Versa N1100 (which is the name the netbook gets when its shipped to the Asia Pacific region), is built with a magnesium alloy which can withstand pressures of up to 150kg or 330 pounds for up to 5 seconds. In other words, if you sit on it, you probably won’t break it.
In fact, the folks at NEC went a step further and tested the netbook by throwing some fake sweat on it to see if the finish on the case or keyboard rubs off when wet. You know, in case the big guy sitting on your netbook in the subway happens to be sweating up a storm.
Of course, while NEC claims that this netbook is more durable than others, the company is not putting its money where it’s mouth is. NEC offers a standard warranty which does doesn’t cover “impact damage or physical abuse.” In other words, don’t sweat anywhere near your netbook. Just take their word that you could without causing any real damage. Mmm hmm.
You can read more about the NEC Vesa N1100/Lavie Light in the Liliputing Product Database.