Announced last month, the Averatec Buddy is now shipping. Averatec's first Netbook is listed on its Web site as being in stock. The specs and price are the same as those reported in September: $449 gets you 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and Windows XP Home. The 2.65-pound Netbook features a 10.2-inch display with a 1,024x600 WSVGA resolution. (You can ignore the erroneous specs on Averatec's site that state in some parts that it has a 12.1-inch display and a WXGA resolution.) Sadly, the Netbook features a tiny three-cell battery. Your networking options are 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and 10/100 Ethernet. Also onboard are three USB 2.0 ports, a multiformat memory card reader, and a VGA port. Features not found on the Buddy include a solid-state hard drive, Bluetooth, and an ExpressCard slot.
We're waiting to get acquainted with the Buddy and hope to be able to bring you a full review soon.