It’s here at last! The SOL Solar Powered Laptop

Today is an exciting day at G-Layer, as we have taken delivery of our first shipment of the long awaited SOL solar powered laptop.

We couldn’t wait to check it out, at least briefly before we do a full analysis and review next week, so have a look at this short intro video of the orange or “Bumblebee” version of the awesome machine. Other colours we have are “Sahara” (A kind of light khaki) and the smooth looking “Black Mamba

The SOL machines come pre configured with Ubunutu 12.0.4, the long term support edition of the powerful and cutting edge operating system.
Every machine of course includes the fold out solar panels built in to the lid of the notebook, and we have to say initial impressions are not bad.

The panels look well put together and made to last, for a computer in this price range. Speaking of pricing, stay tuned as we will be announcing the RRP of the standard and waterproof rugged units any day now. We think you’ll be impressed.

Specs and video for the SOL Solar powered Laptop are below.

SOL Solar Powered Laptop Australia

G-layer think-tank brings you SOL Solar Powered Laptop

The SOL Solar powered laptop was designed by WeWi, a Canadian company, to be used in places such as Africa where electricity is not always readily available.

The SOL will be sold in Australia by G-Layer at a discounted rate to schools and educators. While the retail price is yet to be confirmed, we can confirm that SOL will not only be affordable, but it can even save you money on your energy bill.

SOL will bring a world of new opportunities to isolated students. It will have a number of applications for outback medical centres, remote workers, four-wheel-drivers and adventurers.

SOL Marine, the rugged version, is so tough it’s actually submersible. Sure you may not be using it underwater, but this ruggedness will make it the natural companion for outback professionals, remote workers and sea-farers.

We believe this is exactly the kind of innovation and forward-thinking that Australia needs, so G-Layer jumped at the chance to bring the Solar Powered Laptop to our country. Stay tuned and follow our blog, we’ll soon show you SOL!

SOL Solar Powered Laptop Preview

SOL Solar Powered Laptop Specifications


  • CPU: Intel Atom D2500 1.86 GHz Duo Core, Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
  • HDD: Seagate 2.5” SATA HDD 320GB
  • RAM: Kingston 2-4GB DDRIII SDRAM (Options Available)
  • Graphics: 1080p HD Vide, Built-In Intel GMA3600 Graphics
  • Battery Operating Time: 8 – 10 hours
  • Weight: 5.02 lbs



  • Display: 13.3″ LCD, WXGA, 1366 x 768
  • Camera: 3MP
  • Audio: Realtek ALC661 HD Audio, Built-in 2 Speakers | Internal mic + 1/8” input
  • 3 USB2.0, Headphone jack, HDMI, LAN(10/100), Card reader (SD/MS/MMC)



  • WiFi: MIMO 802.11b/gn (2.4/5GHz)
  • Bluetooth: Integrated Digital Core BT4.0


Stay tuned, we’ll soon have SOL Solar Powered Laptop available on our Shop.




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