This netbook is usable in direct sunlight

Posted by Mike Luttrell

For years, we've relegated computer use to something that has to be done indoors. The sun makes it impossible to do anything on a laptop or netbook outside, due to unmanageable glare on the screen. That is becoming a thing of the past.

Enter the Sunbook from a company called Clover. It uses a 10.1-inch Pixel Qi display. This display is vastly different from traditional LCD technology because it is energy efficient and incorporates special glare-resistant tech so that an overhead light has virtually no effect on it.

Of course, since it's still a new kind of gadget, there is a price premium. Even though under the hood it's not that much different from a $300 or $400 netbook, because of the Pixel Qi display it costs $795.

With an Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHz processor, Windows 7 Starter operating system, and 1 GB of DDR2 memory, it's a capable computer, but only along the lines of what you'd see in other netbooks. Nevertheless, it's a great option for those who want to get some sun while doing work.

The use of "sun-friendly" display technology became mainstream when Amazon used a similar screen for its Kindle e-reader.

Of course, hopefully this won't lead to a day at the beach turning into another chance to turn a once relaxing vista into a virtual office.

But if that is what you want to do, you can order a Sunbook here.