Solar Powered Netbook from Samsung

  • NerdLifter

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    Oct 09, 2011 1:35 PM GMT
    Found this while surfing around Engadget:

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/11/samsungs-nc215s-solar-netbook-up-for-pre-order-at-399-nc110-f/

    It's an interesting concept. Yes, it takes 2 hours of sun to charge it 1 hour, but it's a very niche market item for us Solar enthusiasts and/or if you need to go somewhere that doesn't have an outlet. Probably not practical for the average consumer. It's been available in the US for a few months now, but most online retailers no longer carry them in stock. I wouldn't mind seeing a similar device or two released by other low-voltage netbook manufacturers.

    Just wanted to share and discuss.
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    Oct 10, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
    One thing I learned about leaving plastic in direct sunlight.. it melts/warps. I hope Samsung makes the shell out of a durable and heat resistant material.

    Speaking of solar.. I was at Costco not too long ago and they were selling some personal solar charging kits. The solar panel is small enough to fit in a backpack. And the batteries and charging hubs were pretty small as well. Not too bad if one ever wants to explore the wilderness and work on a manifesto or something. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 10, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    Interesting concept, but it seems like it would be hard to keep charged unless you sat directly in front of a windows all day.
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    Oct 10, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    Cool concept. I'd be interested
  • NerdLifter

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    Oct 10, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidInteresting concept, but it seems like it would be hard to keep charged unless you sat directly in front of a windows all day.

    You always have the option to plug it in. The solar feature is if you happen to be outside and/or it's sleeping so can you can just sit it near a window.

    But as I said, it's a product that'll appeal primarily to solar enthusiasts.
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    Oct 10, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    xrichx saidOne thing I learned about leaving plastic in direct sunlight.. it melts/warps. I hope Samsung makes the shell out of a durable and heat resistant material.

    If traditional laptops didn't use thermal resistant plastic, I'm sure we'd have our far share of melted laptop chassis on our laps, considering certain parts of the motherboard can routinely heat up to over 170 degrees Fahrenheit. I doubt exposure to sunlight will get it near that mark.