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Averatec Voya 4400 Series

Inexpensive semi-rugged notebook
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Founded in 2002, Averatec initially concentrated on offering stylish notebook computers at low prices and has recently branched out into new form factor desktops, ultra-mobile PCs, GPS devices and other handheld electronics. In April of 2008, Averatec announced its entry into the semi-rugged notebook market.

The Averatec Voya 4400 Series is a fairly compact semi-rugged notebook with a 14.1-inch display. It runs Windows Vista Home Premium on a 1.73GHz Intel Core Duo processor. Base RAM is 1GB of DDR2 RAM, expandable to 3GB. The machine has good connectivity with three USB 2.0 ports on the right side, FireWire, a PCI Express slot, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, a Smart Card reader and even a SIM card slot for cellular communication. There is a 120GB hard disk and a SuperMulti dual layer DVD burner that opens toward the front.

The handsomeluy designed 4400 Series has a magnesium alloy outer case, a spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad, and a shock-mounted hard drive. Averatec claims "military grade drop and vibration resistance" but we have not seen detailed specs yet.

Pricing starts at US$1,299, a fair price for a basic notebook that provides some extra protection against bumps, spills and bruises. We'd like to see higher resolution than just 1024 x 768, but the addition of a Smart Card reader and a SIM card slot offer security and communication options not universally available.

Added/changed Added April 2008; updated 02/2009
OS Windows Vista Home Premium
Processor Intel Core Duo T2080
CPU Speed 1.73 GHz
Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Standard/Max RAM 1-3GB DDR2
Disk/drive shock-mounted 120GB IDE HD
Card slots 4-in-1 Media Card Reader, PCI Express slot, Smart Card, SIM
Media Bay DVD Super MULTI drive with dual layer support
Display type Transmissive TFT
Display size/res 14.1" XGA (1024 x 768)
Digitizer/pens NA
Keyboard/scale integrated 100%-scale
Housing Magnesium alloy outer case
Operating Temp unknown
Sealing unknowwn (spill-resistant keyboard)
Shock "Military grade"
Size (WxHxD) 12.3 x 10.1 x 1.4
Weight 5.7 pounds
Power unknown
Interface 3 USB 2.0, IEEE1394, RJ11, RJ45, video, audio in/out
Wireless 802.11a/g/b
List price Starting at $1,299
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