NEC is best known for making rather sombre but efﬁcient business machines and, on ﬁrstappearances,the Versa S9100 (£1291 inc. VAT) follows the same design philosophy. This rather understated ultraportable has a simple design that looks rather boxy and compact. It may lack the design ﬂourishes we’ve come to expect from the Toshiba Portégé R500 or Sony VAIO TX Series, but we liked the look and feel of this laptop.
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With a lightweight chassis, matt screen and a choice of Windows XP Professional or Vista Business, the NEC Versa S970 is a laptop intended for corporate use. The 14.1-inch screen is a standard TFT panel. Without a glossy coating, colours appeared slightly subdued. It's one of the best laptops to use out on the road, however, where reﬂections and dust remain hidden.
UpdatedWith a conservative, but functional design, standard TFT display and Windows XP Professional, NEC's Versa P570 (£784 inc. VAT) is aimed firmly at the corporate market. It's a semi-portable machine, weighing in at 2.9kg. Although it's possible to take on short journeys, it's a little heavy for the daily commute.
Although designed primarily for business use the power, security and usability of the NEC Versa P570 make it just as suitable for power-hungry home users. Weighing 2.7kg, basic mobility is provided for use on the move
The NEC Versa S970 (£657 inc. VAT) is a new design and while it's notgreatly different from previous Versa models, it has a number offeatures that make it a far more appealing business tool
NEC's Versa M360 (£699 inc. VAT) is a useful tool for the corporate user, with a range of options available to tailor it to your exact requirements - from different processors to personalised logos
Most laptops can be used for any general purpose, but if your needs are simple or you just want to better manage your work machines, opting for a thin client like the TCM 160XPe could be a worthwhile experience
The NEC Versa M160 is cheap. It features stylish metal touches, a good ergonomic keyboard, and a bright and clear screen, making for a favourable first impression.