Is an onboard optical drive-packed netbook still a netbook?


I completely understand the evolution of the netbook but there’s a reason it’s called a netbook. Mouse Computer is a Japanese PC firm and they’ve unveiled their newest netbook – the LB-F1500W. It’s got all the goodies that you can expect like a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 160GB hard disk, 1GB RAM, 10.2-inch (1,024×600) display, and Windows XP Home Edition. But wait, there’s more, my friends. It’s also got a built-in optical drive.

Doesn’t that just take away from the portability aspect as well as the battery life? The LB-F1500W’s pricetag is a bit uninviting also at 64,800 yen ($729). What do you think, is an onboard optical drive the next phase of the netbook evolution?



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