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Velocity Micro Notemagix M10 Netbook

Velocity Micro Notemagix M10 Netbook

We’ve been looking for the perfect piece of portable computing equipment for students without the hefty price tag or the inconvenience of something that’s too bulky to stash in a backpack. The best we’ve found is the Velocity Micro Notemagix M10 Netbook. Weighing a mere 2.6 lbs., it offers a comfortable key configuration and a  10” LCD screen that meets the visual requirements for light word processing, browsing, and basic application activities. The processing brain of the Velocity is the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, which delivered a rather impressive amount of speed for most of our tasks. Cool additional features include a 160 GB hard drive, 1 GB of RAM, WiFi networking (802.11b/g), an integrated Webcam and a microphone for easy video chats, three USB ports, a VGA port for connecting to an external monitor, and a multi-format memory card reader. 

While we were surprised to see that the Velocity comes standard with the Windows XP operating system, it was understandable that the company chose to include the preferred Windows OS for students, as many schools are still using it and it’s relatively easy for new users to grasp quickly.  Our favorite feature of this tiny powerhouse is the six-cell battery, giving users almost six hours of use on a single charge in our tests and making it a suitable solution for traveling adults, as well. Available in a black, blue, or red glossy exterior finish, it comes packaged with a simple, yet durable Swiss Case travel sleeve for safe and easy transport and a standard one-year limited warranty.

With a price tag less than $350 and convenient availability online and at major retailers like Walmart, this accessible and impressive machine gets the job done.