The Pegatron Vivid mini-laptop has three things that set apart from most netbooks available today. First, it’s based on NVIDIA’s Tegra chipset which bundles an ARM-based CPU with NVIDIA graphics to deliver support for 1080p video playback through HDMI while consuming less power than most Intel Atom based netbooks. Second, the Pegatron Vivid has a built in battery which isn’t easily user replaceable. And third, there are shortcut keys atop the keyboard for Yahoo!, Google, MSN, and Skype.
While I’m a fan of throwing a few user customizable keys onto a laptop if there’s room for them, these buttons seem like odd choices. Because really, if you’re a Google user, how often are you goign to hit that Yahoo! button? Hopefully you can reassign the keys.
The mini-laptop also has 2 USB ports, an SD card reader, and a non-reflective matte display. It also has a rather tiny looking touchpad with buttons on the left and right sides. You can see more in the video below that Netbook News shot at Computex.
Manufacturers are still using that crappy keyboard? I bet it’s the cheapest and most overstocked “standard” part.
Yeah, shame when early prototypes had the “new style” (actually really old style!) separated keys. Fixed battery is a bit of a downer too, but I guess the engineering becomes harder with such a slimline unit.
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