Intel introduced a new Canoe Lake reference design for ultrathin netbooks earlier this week. And when I say ultrathin, I’m not kidding. Intel says that Canoe Lake systems can be as thin as 14mm, or about 0.55 inches. That’s because the low power chipset doesn’t generate a ton of heat and PC makers can use passive cooling instead of a noisy (and bulky) fan.
I’ve seen a lot of photos of the Canoe Lake reference design. But up until this morning I hadn’t seen anyone actually using the system to see how it performs. Fortunately Sascha from Netbook News stepped up to the plate with a short video which you can check out below.
Here’s the nutshell version: The computer seems pretty zippy and responsive even with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720. It has a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N500 dual core processor. The demo system is running Windows 7 Ultimate with 2GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive, and Sascha says it’s the fastest netbook he’s ever used. And if there’s anyone out there who has used more netbooks than me, it just might be Sascha.
Devices based on the Canoe Lake reference design are expected to sell for under $600.