Electronics that run on solar energy aren’t news. Man realized the potential of sun rays long ago, and it showed in the form of calculators that run on solar power. And now, we have the Sol Laptop. Which is perhaps the greatest realization of the unbridled power of solar power for us consumers, if it exists that is. The makers of the Sol laptop are claiming 10 hours of battery life after charging the laptop for just 2 hours. Sounds too good to be true. But is it?
The Sol laptop has been engineered for those with a penchant of adventure. That’s why they’re touting that enormous battery life figure. Even in expensive laptops, 10 hours of juice is achievement. The Sol laptop will come with a small array of solar panels that will spread out from behind the laptop. In full sunlight, they’ll charge the laptop in just 2 hours. With a 10 hour battery life, it must be sipping on what power it has. There’s an Intel Atom D2500 processor, 2-4 gigs of RAM, 320 gigs of storage and a 13.3 inch screen. But it doesn’t stop there. It has GPS, wireless 4G LTE and that rugged durability. The laptops will be powered by Ubuntu, which is free so that isn’t necessarily a cost.
The price of all this adventure-proofness? Tha’t’ll be $350, or $400 if you want the waterproof version. And if you look at the design of the laptop, it looks like one of those high end gaming laptops. All this goodness at that bargain-basement price. It’s not that we don’t want a solar-powered laptop that can run for 10 hours straight before coughing for charge, but we’re also pretty wary of anything that sends out so many warning signs. Granted this particular laptop is ancient in terms of speed and processing power but, rugged durability and that impressive battery are alone to charge atleast a thousand dollars. We hope this isn’t vaporware!
The Canadian company that’s going to make the laptop also only showed up on the web with its shiny new website just a few days ago. But we’ll let the story fully develop before we speculate any further. From what we can see now, we can see a terrific laptop for developing countries where there’s a major electricity crisis. The rugged durability, wireless communications abilities are an added plus. We just hope the Sol laptop can make it into the market with all those features intact. Including the price.