The new DreamBook Light U11 CULV ultraportable notebook/laptop (Pionner Computers Australia)

The new DreamBook Light U11 CULV ultraportable notebook
The new DreamBook Light U11 CULV ultraportable notebook

One of the leading suppliers of "custom built to order" computer products, Pionner Computers Australia has just released the DreamBook Light U11 CULV notebook (a rebranded Point of View CULV Mobii).

Other recommended CULV Notebooks

What is a CULV notebook?

CULV stands for Consumer Ultra Low Voltage. CULV notebooks have a significant increase in autonomy on a single battery charge.

The CULV label is attributed to certain mobile Core 2 Duo processors that run at lower clock speeds and lower voltages than standard mobile Core 2 Duos. The CULV also makes the packaging smaller (it was used for the first time by Intel in the MacBook Air). The bottom line is that these chips enable smaller, thinner laptops but without dropping down to Atom-level performance. Intel has traditionally always done an ultra low voltage mobile CPU, this time it's just getting marketed a bit stronger - partially because of the smaller packaging, and additionally because of the stronger market for ultra portable notebooks now.

The TDP (see Wikipidia for more on this) is a good measure of the power used by the CPU in typical situations. That's an important component of the total power dissipated while using a laptop/notebook and thus, of the speed at which the battery discharges itself. The max TDP for the CULV line is at 10W, with the lowest end single core chips dissipating a maximum of 5.5W. That’s not much more than an Atom processor. In contrast, standard voltage mobile Core 2s have TDPs typically ranging from 17 to 35W.

But what you gain in prolonged battery charge, you lose in CPU clock speed. Most CULV chips run in the 1.2 to 1.4GHz range. While that is still much faster than an Atom processor, it’s roughly half the speed (frequency) of a standard mobile Core 2.

The DreamBook Light U11 CULV ultraportable notebook

The new DreamBook Light U11 CULV is an 11.6" ultraportable notebook, with a 1366 x 768 display, a choice of Intel dual-core (SU2300 or SU4100), Core 2 Solo (SU7300) or Core 2 Duo (SU9400 or SU9600) processors together with 1GB (up to 4GB) of memory, a 160GB (up to 1TB) HDD, Intel’s GS40 UMA Graphics chipset with both VGA and HDMI outputs, a 1.3 megapixels webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and optional integrated 3G & Bluetooth, 4-cell or 6-cell Li-poly batteries, most of these being configurable.

It also includes three USB 2.0 ports, audio inputs/outputs, a 4-in-1 memory card reader and ethernet, a Kensington Lock, and the whole thing measures 289.7 x 201.5 x 26.9 mm.

Unfortunately, it’s only available in a black & red combination.

The DreamBook Light U11 CULV is available from Pioneer Computers Australia on a build to order basis. It is on sale now, priced from AU$699 ($629). You build your own system online by selecting all of the options you want, then click on a button for a summary of your configuration. The price automatically updates as you go.

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