A new Starling Netbook from System76 has muscled its way to the online stores. This updated one packs more power and RAM than the first generation model and runs the latest version of Ubuntu 10.04 netbook edition, which is a tailor-made distro especially optimized by Canonical for the netbooks.
This System76 second-gen Starling netbook looks gorgeous on the outside sporting a soothing rubber finish on its lid, but has typical netbook innards – nothing groundbreaking. The Starling uses the Pine View Atom N455 processor that gladly accepts DDR3 RAM modules, but for some reason, they settled with the DDR2 RAM modules. Prices start at 390 dollars.
Here are its specs:
Display: 10.1" HD WSVGA Super Clear Ultra-Bright LED backlit (1024 x 600)
Graphics: Intel GMA 3100 graphics
Audio Output: Intel High Definition Audio
Networking: LAN (10/100), WiFi
Wireless: 802.11 bgn
Ports: VGA, 3 x USB 2.0, Headphone Jack, Microphone Jack, SD Reader
Camera: Built-In 0.3 MP Webcam
HDD: 250/320/500/600 GB HDD or 40/80/160GB SSD
RAM: 2GB RAM
Security: Kensington® Lock
Power Management: Suspend & Hibernate
Battery: includes one 3 Cell Lithium Ion
AC Adapter: includes one AC adapter
Dimensions: 10.47" x 7.28" x 0.72~1.0" (WxDxH)
Weight: 2.0 lbs.
The only thing not to like about the netbook is its 3-cell battery that would not break any grounds in terms of battery runtime. Still, I believe it is a brave attempt by System76 to make its name in the netbook market.