Published on July 23rd,2009 at 6:34 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

Nec VersaPro VS-7, the Ultimate Netbook is Japanese! (Quick Review)

Before going any further with our quick review of NEC’s latest VersaPro Netbook, I’d like to stress I have no interest whatsoever in Netbooks. Today’s Netbooks are too thick and heavy to even be considered portable… And in Japan for a couple of bucks more you can get a Core 2 Duo capable PC with pretty much the same shape, size, and weight that provides WAY more potential than the average Netbook.

That said… I admit today for the first time Netbook trends have begun. I finally fell in love with one, behold the Nec VersaPro VS-7, an Atom powered Netbook that for once gives real meaning to the term ultra portability.


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The NEC VersaPro VS-7 is one of a kind with impressive numbers
- Intel Atom Z540 (1.84GHz)
- 64GB of SSD
- 15.8mm Thick
- 725g
- A body that resists pressures up to 150kg!

Granted the NEC VersaPro VS-7 is expensive, and costs twice as much as the average Netbook in Japan, but look again at the specifications… What other Netbooks are capable of matching these amazing numbers… Seriously, 725g and 15.8mm thick. Who can beat it?


Not only is the VersaPro VS-7 is freaking light, slim, and robust, I’m amazed by its performance despite NEC’s choice of integrating an Intel GMA500 Video chipset… We all know GMA500 Netbooks don’t keep pace when it comes to watching high quality video or even HD video files… But the VersaPro VS-7 doesn’t care what format we feed it. Once installed with the CCCP Codec, whatever file we gave the VersaPro played them… Even our 720p DivX video played JUST fine in full screen… Something that we never succeed on a Vaio P. Granted the Vaio P is powered by Vista, but once Vista installed on the VersaPro we did the same test with the same results. Flawless 720/30p DivX HD full screen playback!

Built for a more professional approach, the VersaPro VS-7 may often be used with office oriented tools, like Microsoft Office… And I even took the time to install PhotoShop CS3 with Bridge on this baby, just to be stunned to see that the little VersaPro VS-7 performed as well as my Vaio G2 with its 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo and 2GB of RAM… Yep, you are reading this right, the Nec VersaPro VS-7 Netbook, that costs twiceas less as a Vaio G2 is capable of handling photos under bridge and PhotoShop CS3 as well as the Sony! Unbelievable!

Ultra compact, ultra light and powerful, the VersaPro for the first time is a computer I love to carry around with me and does exactly what I need when I work on the go. Sure the VersaPro is bit expensive and only available in Japan, but the difference in price is REALLY worth your consideration if you’re looking for a business tool… As for basic Email and Web surfing I even think the Versa-Pro is an amazing Netbook, I’d recommend it to anyone whose thinking of investing in either an iPod Touch or iPhone since it will give you exactly what you need and fits in your pocket.

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Comments
 

  • BoeserMann

    If it can boot from USB, could you also try to start some Linux live CDS? Please please!

  • http://www.akihabaranews.com Daimaou

    It works with 7 and Linux we tried But the GMA 500 Video card is a problem times to times when it comes to drivers

  • Ewout

    Hi Daimaou, I enjoy your site quite a lot, so keep up the good work. 2 Q’s: Whats the screen resolution and would it be possible for us folks in Europe to buy it somewhere?

    Thx, Ewout

  • http://maduranga.posterous.com/ m26k9

    Thanks for the review. It’s nice to see a Japanese brand making rounds in the netbook reviews instead of the usual Asus and Dell.
    The performance seems a little over the top for the netbook. I has decided not to take on an Atom but seems this one takes the biscuit.
    If you would be kind enough, I’d like to know it’s performance with Linux, specially Ubuntu. I am expecting minimal driver problems, but wireless could be a problem.
    How would you rate its multitasking? Considering the fact that it could handle CS3. How about running office+iTunes+browser?

    Also any idea about a release date and the price?

    Cheers.

  • Fractal

    I want it !!!

    where can i buy it?
    I’m from France and i seriously want it!

    please help us ,because i think i’m not the only one who want buy this thinny baby ^^

  • Zen

    The reason the video is working well is because Intel finally started to fix the broken GMA 500 drivers.

    The GMA 500 has proper video decoding logic similar to the ones in AMD and NVIDIA GPU’s but its support for it through DXVA was broken in most shipping drivers.

    NEC must be shipping with the newer driver that fixes DXVA support so MPC-HC can offload the decoding to the GPU.

    The Windows OS makes no difference its the driver and DXVA support that do. Of course certain web players without DXVA support your still at the mercy of the CPU e.g Flash or Quicktime.

  • Denny

    What type of battery is in this lovely machine? How long does it last. Any info on battery life is appreciated.

  • http://www.akihabaranews.com Daimaou

    Hi Guys, unfortunately I no longer have the device with me, I had to give it back to NEC.

    But here you are a few answers

    1) This product is a B2B PC, meaning that it will be ONLY sell on NEC Pro Website and never else where in Japan

    2) Performances are as good as on my Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz with 2GB of RAM when it comes to PhotoShop CS3

    3) Screen Resolution = WXGA

    4) Battery lifespan with Wifi will be around 2 and half hour

  • Rifky

    Where is the touchpad?

  • Puskatohtori

    Nice to see trackpoint instead of touchpad.

    The machine uses fanless cooling, right?

  • http://www.akihabaranews.com Daimaou

    Yep Fanless cooling

  • Nomax

    2.5 hours battery is NOT GOOD. Oh man, this could have been the ultimate mashine, but come on, this bad news.

  • http://www.akihabaranews.com Daimaou

    Look at the size of the battery, what can you expect ?

  • Milker

    OMFG

    99750 JPY = 1051.38 $

  • http://www.laptop-computer-batteries.org laptopbatteries

    I want it too.

 

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