Remember the post I did on that conceptual Solar Powered laptop a couple of weeks ago? Well, that has actually been realised by Samsung as the NC215S.
The Samsung NC215S has a battery life of 14.5 hours and solar panels cover almost the entirety of the lid. The netbook runs on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom dual-core processor, coupled with a Intel GMA 3510 graphics chipset.It has a memory capacity 250GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, and weighs in at a little over 1 Kg.
The company says that for every two hours of charging in the sunlight, you get up to one extra hour of work on the netbook. It automatically charges while sitting in the sunlight and the battery is designed to withstand 1000 charge cycles over a 3 year period.
The netbook is also able to charge portable devices that we all love and carry around with us, even if the computer is in sleep mode or turned off. If the battery is discharged, the devices can carry on charging with solar energy. The display is coated to make it anti-reflective, so you can still see the screen, even under direct light. Definitely a plus considering that you are going to be sitting near or under direct light in order to charge this solar device.
The Samsung NC215S is slated for release in the US in July for an estimated US$399 and is also hitting Russian in August.
Personally, I’m still on the fence about solar-powered laptops. Yes, it is the greener choice, but I just don’t think I want to sit under the hot sun for such long hours. Sure, I could just leave it under some sun and come back after it’s charged, but wouldn’t that just cut down productivity? What do you think?