Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Aug 2009 23:10 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Hardware, Embedded Systems The Intel Atom platform, on which most netbooks are based, lacks the graphical grunt for things like 3D games and HD video playback, because Intel insisted on paring the Atom processor with an outdated graphical chip by Intel. Several efforts are underway to resolve this issue, and one of them, NVIDIA's Ion, might already be in trouble before it has even arrived.
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by kaiwai on Thu 20th Aug 2009 10:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Samsung..."
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"in spite of the people raging against them as 'defeating the point'.

There's still truth to that though, since the closer they are in size to typical notebooks, the more they simply become greatly underpowered notebooks. Which is exactly what they are, but their selling point is more "weighs under 1kg" than "low-budget laptop".

Which kind of backs up what Dell said - the sweet spot for netbooks is around 10inchs. Once you get above 10inchs, you've got an over priced, under powered laptop. ZDNet did an article talking about how for $50 more you can get a more powerful laptop in many cases.

What I'd love to see, however, is to what degree are people using their netbook as either a replacement for a laptop as the main machine, to compliment their laptop, or whether it is a replacement for a laptop where their main machine is a desktop.

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