Wal-Mart will soon be selling an energy efficient notebook computer for under $500. The computer is made by Everex Systems and Taiwanese chipmaker Via Technologies. Everex is calling the computer the "world's most energy efficient notebook". The Via microprocessor inside Everex’s StepNote NC1500 provides 1.5GHz performance at very low power consumption of just 12 watts. In a press release, John Lin, Everex's VP of Sales said "Teaming up with VIA, Everex has been able to create an exciting new category of energy efficient portable computers. Unlike products which rely on costly, power hungry processors or potentially hazardous batteries, the ground-breaking design of the NC1500 provides consumers with a true, no-compromise alternative." The StepNot C1500 is powered by the Via C7-M processor running at 1.5 GHz and sporting a peak power consumption of just 12 Watts, enabling as much as 20 percent longer battery life than comparable systems.
The StepNote C1500 also sports a 15.4-inch 1,280 by 800 (WXGA) LCD display driven by Via's Unichrome Pro with Chromotion CE Video Display Engine, 512 MB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive, a dual layer DVD drive, 100Base-T Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi wireless networking, 2 USB 2.0 ports, VGA output, headphone/audio output, and buit-in mmic. The C1500 weighs in a 5.3 pounds, and measures 14.1 by 10.7 inches, with a depth ranging frm 0.9 to 1.5 inches. The systems come with Windows XP Home Edition.