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Linux-ready netbook touted for eight-hour battery life

ZaReason is shipping a Linux-ready, 10-inch netbook that uses the Intel Atom N450 processor and is claimed to offer eight hours of battery life. The ZaReason Teo Netbook offers 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB hard disk drive, a WVGA display, and 802.11n WiFi, says ZaReason.

Last August, Berkeley, Calif.-based system integrator ZaReason shipped an Intel Atom N270-based netbook called the Terra A20 (pictured below, right). The company has now followed up with an Atom N450-based model that exploits the newer processor’s greater energy efficiency to boast eight hours of battery life.

Whereas the Terra A20 started at a reasonable $350, however, the Teo starts at $460. A special $400 price available for the first few days of the Teo’s launch, apparently ended Apr. 10. Despite the fairly high price, the Teo does offer a generous 2GB of DDR2 memory, as well as free 802.11n WiFi.

ZaReason Teo
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The Teo also supplies something else that’s fairly rare to find — in the U.S., at least: a selection of pre-installed Linux distributions. Customers can choose from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (“Lucid Lynx,” due in final form on Apr. 29), as well as Ubuntu 9.10. Kubuntu and Ubuntu Netbook Remix versions based on either 9.10 or 10.04 are also said to be available. In addition, one can choose Linux Mint 8, Fedora 12, or no operating system at all.

Teo, left side
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Aside from the 2GB of memory, other features are fairly standard, including a 10-inch, 1024 x 600 display, 160GB HDD, Ethernet, 1.3-megapixel camera, audio I/O, and three USB ports. The 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.5 inch netbook is said to weigh 2.8 pounds, including a six-cell battery that is claimed to offer eight hours of duration.

Teo, right side
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Specifications listed for the ZaReason Teo Netbook include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N450 @ 1.66GHz with Intel NM10 Express chipset and Intel GMA 3150 (shared system memory)
  • Memory — 2GB (1GB on board and 1GB on SODIMM) DDR2 667MHz
  • Display — 10-inch WSVGA (1024 x 600); “non-glare”; 15 pin D-Sub VGA port
  • Storage — 160GB SATA HDD
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet port (RJ45)
  • WiFi — 802.11b/g/n
  • Camera — 1.3-megapixel webcam
  • USB — 3 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Audio — Mic; speakers; Mic in; headphone out; Intel HD audio
  • Power — 19V DC, 40W/input: 100~240V AC, 50/60Hz universal; 6-cell battery for up to eight hours life
  • Dimensions — 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight — 2.8 lbs. (with battery)

Teo detail
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The ZaReason Teo Netbook is available now for $460 without a carrying case ($19). More information may be found here.


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