Pretty in Pink – Neo Vivid Netbook Review

Written by JC Pulido III. Posted in Netbooks, Reviews

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Published on April 30, 2012 with 9 Comments

The Neo brand isn’t as popular as say, more established brands such as Lenovo, Dell, or Asus. However, they have brought good products for a great price. This time around, they have a new Vivid netbook with Intel’s latest Atom processor, Cedar Trail. With Cedar Trail, Intel has finally released an Atom part that works decently with hardly any slowdowns.

Unfortunately, as with every other netbooks, the screen resolution (1024×600) is still too low for power users, it is adequate for web surfing, word processing, and video watching. Scrolling vertically, and even horizontally will become a common occurrence though. The Vivid also comes with 2GB RAM as standard.

While the resolution and RAM have stayed the same, the hard drive has had a significant increase. The first netbooks had a paltry 16GB using pre-SSD flash drives and subsequent netbooks have increased the storage capacity somewhat but the Neo Vivid comes with a whopping 500GB hard drive that will store all your media.

Speaking of media, the new Vivid, with its Cedar Trail processor is able to playback 1080p videos without any stutter unlike previous netbooks. You may ask though, “Why would I want to watch a 1080p video on a display that is less than 1080p?” It may be true that Full HD video maybe too much for the display of the Vivid but the netbook does have an HDMI port that will connect to a HD TV so you can essentially use the Vivid as a portable HTPC. While you may notice that the speed of the Atom CPU hasn’t changed, Intel has tweaked the CPU to be more power efficient thus giving slightly more processing power while still using the same amount of energy.

The new Atom is also dual-core. This means that you get you get 2 physical cores and with Hyper-Threading, Windows will see one physical core as two cores which essentially give you 4 CPUs that will share the processing.

Unfortunately, a portable gaming machine, it is not. While the Vivid will play HD content, it will struggle with 3D gaming.

The Neo Vivid comes with 3 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, Audio In and Out, VGA Out, SD card slot, and Ethernet Port. Unfortunately, the Vivid does not have any USB 3.0 ports but this isn’t that much of an issue except when transferring large files to an external drive. Wireless connections include WiFi-N and Bluetooth 3.0.

One of my biggest pet peeves with netbooks is the battery life. In combination with pre-Cedar Trail Atom processors and most companies’ tendency to supply 3-cell batteries (to cut costs) lend to poor battery life. While we tend to see other notebooks lasting for at least 4 hours, netbooks usually lasts 3-3.5 hours at most. With the Neo Vivid’s 6-cell battery and the power efficiency of the CPU, I was regularly getting more than 6 hours of use away from the charger with 60% screen brightness with just word processing and web surfing with the occasional video watching.

Netbooks were created to be a cheap, “usable”, alternative for a laptop. I put “usable” in quotes because it did work. It might not have worked great but it did work nonetheless. There were good netbooks then but they tended to cost just a tad below regular notebooks.

Today’s netbooks, while still retaining the low price point, has been upgraded with better parts thus making them better performing as well as longer battery life. It may not be good enough as a gaming machine, but for everything else, netbooks have finally hit their stride. It may have taken a while but with the new Neo Vivid netbook, you get a good performing portable computer for an affordable price.

Neo Vivid VC2EWP-114 Specs:

  • Intel Atom Ceder Trail N2600 (1.66GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • 10.1” LED 1024×600
  • Intel GMA 3600
  • LAN, WiFi-N, Bluetooth 3.0, 3xUSB 2.0, SD card slot
  • MS Windows 7 Starter

Plus: Long battery life; Full HD playback

Minus: Low resolution; No USB 3.0 ports

Bottomline: The Neo Vivid is a good sign that good netbooks have arrived to provide good performance at an affordable price point.

Rating: 8.5/10

  • Benedict Claudio

    Great deal for netbook laptop. Ive been using this laptop for months and Im happy with the performance. It is very handy and the battery life is great. Im using this laptop in school for lectures and presentation. It is also a good multimedia device for its high capacity storage (500GB) which I can store over 200 high quality movie and over 500 songs. battery life can last up to 9 hours when idling and 5 hours for normal usage, good for travelers =).

    All I can say is this is so far the most affordable high specs dual-core netbook and I highly recommend this laptop to anyone whos looking for speed and portability.

    my rating is 9/10

  • kikoy

    is tis good for power point or in excel…?

    • Brent Co

      If that’s what your going to use it for along with internet browsing, this is good enough.

  • John

    sir, isa po akong follower ng tech industriya. meron po ako gf ko nitong laptop, nabasa po namin dito sa site nyo na maganda un review kaya bumiloi sya. ibebenta na nya, rfs: money issues, nagpapagawa sya sa akin ng ad post online, kaya lang wala kami maayos na camera for pics. Pwede po ba mahiram mga images dito? i credit namin lahat ng pics from your site, mag lalagay din po kami ng link pabalik dito sa site para mabasa ang review. thanks.

  • zelly

    can i play a dvd here through a cd room portable ?

    • Richard Benson K. Co

      you should.

      • zelly

        what mean you should?

        • Richard Co

          you should be able to play a dvd thru a portable dvd drive.

  • Rica Evans

    Help though I have a WiFi connection but my neo netbook don’t detect it :(