Sega rolls out retro console notebooks

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Once upon a time, in a gaming galaxy far, far away, Sega had some of the most desirable systems on the market. That is before the Japanese-based company gracefully bowed out and left the lucrative console space to the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.

We at TG Daily have some seriously fond memories of gaming on the Sega Genesis (can anyone say Golden Axe?) and Saturn. True, Sega may not be making game consoles anymore, but the company is going to be offering some computer hardware in Japan with a new range of laptop computers dubbed the Sega Note.

All the machines are basically equipped with the same hardware, as differences are notable only in terms of design, specifically the cover. As you can see in the pictures above and below, the laptops were built to resemble various retro videogame consoles, such as the Mega Drive, Saturn, Dreamcast, and the Sega game console.

The good news is that you can purchase all four these covers if you can't make your mind up rather than having to buy four different notebook computers. In fact, the £1359 premium version of the notebook ships with all four covers allowing you to mix and match all you want.

That certainly doesn't make this a cheap notebook computer, even if it is pretty tricked-out indeed. Specs? An Intel Core i7-3630QM processor, 8 GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 650 M video card with 1 GB of graphics memory, a 120 GB SSD and Blu-ray burner. Essentially, the retro lineup is populated by decent notebook computers that just happens to have some cool retro gaming covers.

If you have the wallet out at this point, you need to be warned that since the machines are only being offered in Japan you'll have to find an importer. Still interested? They can be pre-ordered now and should launch on March 31.