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Netbooks - Feeback and Opinions
Tech-Kid 
7/9/08 6:00:49 PM
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Yes they're pretty revolutionary.

I'm talking about Netbooks. From Asus EEE's, MSI Wind's, Acer Aspire One's etc, which one do you think tops the list for overall usability, performance and portability?

I'm changing schools next year which will cause me to catch the train. I'm looking to get one to use on the train. Just don't know which once to get so hopefully your feedback can help me.

Personally, I love the look of the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.

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stadl 
7/9/08 9:15:37 PM
SuperHero
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In reality, the best models for performance, portability and useability the Sony and Fujitsu models win. Unfortunately they cost $2000+. In the affordable range (sub $1000) you have to pick the compromises, and find the one where the compromises don't impact on you.

I've had a HP 2133/MiniNote for 3-4 months and have found it to be good. At he time I bought it the only other netbook was the eeePC 7" models, although others were on the way.

The HP does well in build quality, screen resolution, keyboard size and I/O (It has an expresscard54 slot). The speakers are quite good performers as well.

It doesn't do as well in battery life (just over 2 hours) or cost. Prices have come down but the HP is still one of the more expensive budget netbooks, although it does offer Vista Business and a good size HDD if that's what you want (I actually swapped my HDD for a smaller SSD and installed XP)

I wanted a 9-10" screen. The Asus 1000 models look quite reasonable, and a few people at work have the Acer aspire one, but in general I still prefer the HP for my needs.

So I guess it's a case of horses for courses in terms of features and portability. One feature of the Dell that would annoy me about is the lack of dedicated function keys.

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Tech-Kid 
8/9/08 7:05:18 PM
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The HP is a bit out of my price range. I'm looking to spend about $600 max. Maybe the dual core netbooks due to be released will provide something a whole step further.

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stadl 
8/9/08 9:21:20 PM
SuperHero
Titan


I guess it depends what you want from a netbook - as I said, the each model has it's wins and losses, the HP is not price competitive.

Perhaps consider the Acer Aspire 1 or Asus eee 1000H both offer good affordable netbooks with a decent (but not great) screen res/size, usable keyboard size, roomy HDD, the option of windows and affordable price.

Regarding dual core processesors - I went many years with one single core CPU and had no problems doing wordprocessing, email and web surfing - the bread and butter apps of netbooks. A dual core CPU is an opportunity to suck more battery life for applications you probable don't want to run.

Not to say they won't be usefull, but I don't think it's as necessary as on a desktop or performance laptop, because the netbook screen tends to only support 1 basic app at a time. If you're waiting until the next best thing comes out you'll never buy anything.

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Tech-Kid 
8/9/08 11:25:22 PM
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Yeah but if they realise the dual cores are going to be thirsty then surely they provide better batteries? 9 cell perhaps?

God the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is so HOT. But the Acer Aspire One is also nice looking. The MSI Wind is feature packed but pretty big.

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tantryl 
8/9/08 11:29:51 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


If you're talking about Atom dual cores then they'll have virtually zero impact on overall up time.

The Atom CPUs use something ludicrously small like 1.5W. I'm guessing when the dual core Atoms come out they'll have dealt with the major power sucker in the current Atom designs which is the chipset, which draws around 25W.

If they just shave the chipset down to 15W, even if they triple the power draw of the CPU it'll still come out better.

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