Clover Systems claims to have unveiled first sunlight readable netbook

Direct Sun -- SunBook on the left Both PCs running on batteries with maximum brightness
Direct Sun -- SunBook on the left Both PCs running on batteries with maximum brightness
SunBook is the first netbook to feature a LCD transflective display

Using a laptop on the beach or in bright sunlight has always been a futile task for the most part. The only screens that were actually bright enough had the drawback of finishing your battery quickly. However, Clover System’s new technology hopes to change that for good.

The newly announced SunBook uses an LED backlit transflective LCD display; which allows use in direct sunlight and complete darkness without great battery drain. The new screen is a cross between normal LCD displays and displays used in e-readers such as the Kindle and Nook.  Clover Systems claims that the 10.1” netbook will provide up to 12 Hours of battery life with the backlight off; since the sunlight should be sufficient enough to light up the display.

As far as the inner workings of the laptop, the SunBook will be powered by an Intel Atom N450 (1.66 GHz), 1GB DDR2, a 250 GB HDD, optional 3G or 4G, 3 USB ports, and a .3MP Webcam. The 10 Inch screen features a resolution of 1024x600 pixels.

The netbook is currently available for order online via Paypal and is priced at $795. While the price is a bit high for a netbook, it is reasonable compared to other sunlight readable notebooks; such as the Panasonic Toughbook and the Getac notebook series. If successful, look for the screen to be available in more and more products.

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Author: Omar Qudsi, 2011-01-31 (Update: 2012-05-26)