We design hardware and software to work tightly with each other. You can’t just design them independently and hope things work out. Hardware and software designed by separate companies stunts innovation. Can’t change the software because the hardware won’t support it. Can’t change the hardware because the software doesn’t know the change exists. No wonder so many computers do pretty much the same thing.
litl customers know that everything we sell is like nothing else in the world! So we jumped at the chance to design a computer that fit our software like a glove. This way, we ensured the very best experience for you. Let’s look at what’s special.
Easel Modelitl stands alone among laptops with its innovative easel mode. In this mode, we get the computer hardware out of the way so there is as little as possible between you and your content. We're useful 24/7, displaying information you need or photos that make you smile. While some notebooks want to be seen, we prefer to get out of the way. Easel mode’s small footprint makes it perfect for a kitchen counter, or a night table, or a living room. Let’s face it; computers don’t always match a home’s décor. But litl can work anywhere a picture frame can because we hide the keyboard.
The WheelBut with the keyboard and trackpad hidden, how do you control content? We thought about lots of alternatives but were ultimately inspired by our childhood. Old TVs were sure easy to use, one dial for channels and the other for volume. I bet nobody ever needed to call tech support! So we added a wheel. Yup, the invention that spurred civilization has done it again. This time, it will allow you to easily control your content when your keyboard is hidden away. Let’s say you are watching your favorite channel. How do you get to the next one? Turn the wheel. Let’s say you are looking at a photo. How do you get to the next photo? Turn the wheel.
Next comes the remote. Ours looks very different from the remotes lying around your house. There’s practically nothing on it, but it’s everything you need. The wheel on the remote operates the same way as the wheel on the computer. How do you change content using the remote? Turn the wheel.
ScreenBecause litl was designed for the home, we had to pay special attention to the screen. The needs of the homeowner are greater than those needs of the company. Office computers, which almost all computers are, are used at a desk while sitting on a chair. The needs of the office worker can be met with a low cost screen that has a viewing cone of about 60-degrees.
However, at home the computer finds itself in far more locations than a desk. A screen could be as low as a coffee table or as high as the kitchen counter. The people viewing the screen could be short as toddlers or one of those teenagers that grows like bamboo. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to see the computer while walking by? If you use almost any laptop on the market at home, even the most expensive ones, you will invariably find yourself outside the 60 degree viewing cone and will get a distorted image.
litl “killed this problem” (as our mechanical engineers like to say) with a whopping 178 degree viewing cone. You can see our screen from almost any angle, which means no more fighting when your pre-schooler and your teenager want to see the same video on the kitchen counter at once. No distortion or ghosting while lying in bed watching a movie. Place your litl down and everyone will be able to see everything from anywhere.
One more screen fact. It’s unbelievably bright. It’s practically sunlight readable.
TV ConnectionEven with our fantastic screen, sometimes you just want to see things bigger. We thought about a using a 17-inch screen but that just raised costs tremendously and made us less portable around the house. Plus, larger laptop screens aren’t really much larger than our 12.1 inch screen. You still have to “look over the shoulder.”
The solution: use the TV that just happens to face a big comfy sofa. We just need to connect the computer to the TV. Easier said than done. Most computers come with a VGA port or a DVI port. That’s the right call for the office, but it doesn’t work for the home because 1) most TV’s don’t have VGA or DVI ports, and 2) these ports don’t carry audio. However, today’s giant flat screen TVs almost always have an HDMI port.
So we are proud to say that unlike any of your work computers, your litl comes equipped with a plug and play HDMI port to connect HD video and stereo audio to your TV. Since we designed the litl side of things there is nothing to do but plug it in. There are no settings, no configurations, no messing around with drivers. (Unfortunately we didn’t engineer the TV side so you will need to select HDMI as the input on the TV, which is easy but we would have made automatic.)
As a litl customer you know how awesome it is to see larger-than-life-sized photos of your kids. And don’t even get us started about HD home videos. Funny, it takes a company called litl to give you the biggest pictures!
Laptop ModeBack in laptop mode, you’ll immediately notice differences between litl and regular laptops. Take our keyboard for example. We’ve eliminated the inscrutable function keys and buttons with weird symbols. We also took out the cap locks key, which everyone uses only by mistake.
The home is much quieter than the office (at least when the kids are down) so we made sure our computer makes the least possible noise. It’s very quiet. It also doesn’t get hot so you won’t burn your lap. It sports a built-in contoured handle that also houses the batteries, so the laptop feels good when you carry it around the house. It’s only 3 pounds anyway, but feels even lighter.
While many computer companies give you a dizzying matrix of hardware options, we don’t. Why? Because we don’t need unnecessary complexity. litl is focused around typical web use at home, so hardware specs can be standardized. Software users' needs vary (are you word processing or decoding the human genome?) hence the need for customization. But home web needs are more fixed (are you rendering web pages or rendering web pages?) hence the opportunity for standardization.
We asked our engineers to determine the optimal hardware for litl OS. They gave it a 1.6 GHz Atom processor which is plenty fast to render web pages. Our graphics chip can accelerate H.264 video and give you 720p on a large screen TV through HDMI. As drivers catch up to hardware we expect wait time to decrease. Yes, your realized speed will increase over time with litl! We have a camera, a mic, two speakers, 1 gig of ram, 2 gigs of flash (the long lasting kind), Wi-Fi b/g, headphone jack, USB 2.0 and two infrared ports.
GuaranteeFinally we removed the stuff that breaks. The hard drive and the optical drives are the number one and number two points of failure in a laptop, respectively. We found better alternatives so designed them out. litl contains no moving parts except for a small fan. We’re practically solid state. And if your webbook does sputter out in the first year, you're covered by our limited warranty.
It’s rare that a notebook has a feature that nobody else has. We have them in spades: easel mode, 178 degree viewing cone, wheel and wheel remote, plug and play HDMI, unlimited guarantee, and not to forget, the most modern OS in the world.
Input / Output
|Intel Atom 1.6 gHz||Headphone Jack||12.1" widescreen|
|HDMI 720||1280 x 800 resolution|
|USB 2.0 (1)||178° viewing cone|
|1 GB SDRAM||Ultra-bright LCD|
|2GB solid state storage for||0.3 megapixel webcam|
|operating system and caching||Full-sized keyboard||
|2 IR receivers||12.6 x 1.06 x 9.25 inches|
|3-cell Lithium Ion||3.4 lbs|
|Estimated 3 hour use|