Over the past few years we’ve seen the budget ultraportable laptop space divided largely into 10 inch netbooks, typically with Intel Atom chips, and 11.6 inch and larger notebooks, sometimes with Atom chips, but often with higher performance low power chips from Intel or AMD. But every now and again some company comes out with a baffling machine that doesn’t really fit into either category — like the E-Benton MiniNOTE.
Like many netbooks released in 2008 and 2009, this laptop has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics. It has 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 120GB or 160GB hard drive.The laptop runs Windows XP and has 802.11b/g WiFi and a 1.3MP webcam.
But there’s one thing setting the E-Benton MinNOTE apart: It has an 11.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. You don’t see 11.1 inch laptops very often, but this mini-notebook could hit the sweet spot for some customers looking for something a little larger than a typical 10 inch netbook but not as large as an 11.6 inch ultraportable. The laptop measures 10.8″ x 7.1″ x 1.2″. On the other hand, the keyboard looks like it’s probably about the same size as a typical 10 inch netbook keyboard — which is to say, not quite full sized.
E-Benton is a Chinese company, and while the laptop is featured on the FCC web site, it’s not entirely clear whether you’ll actually be able to purchase this model in the US anytime soon. If it does make it to US shores, I’m guessing it will be rebranded and sold under a different name.