Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Aug 2008 00:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There's a new hype going on in the world of computing. I used to call them 'tiny laptops', but somewhere along the way, Intel's marketing got at me and now I call them netbooks. Every self-respecting manufacturer has a netbook product line, or is about to introduce one (Apple?), so I figured I would take a look at what all the fuss is about: I bought a netbook.
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Waste of money
by Chezz on Tue 12th Aug 2008 23:14 UTC
Chezz
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2005-07-11

I think netbooks are a waste of money. You can't see anything on that tiny screen. You can't store anything on that tiny drive. You cannot do anything with it except showing off to your friend how small it is. It cannot replace a desktop nor a laptop for heavy daily use.

I don't understand why people buy them. I have multiple desktops and laptops, I can't image my self using a netbook. It doesn't fit anywhere in my own needs.

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RE: Waste of money
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 12th Aug 2008 23:34 in reply to "Waste of money"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I don't understand why people buy them. I have multiple desktops and laptops, I can't image my self using a netbook. It doesn't fit anywhere in my own needs.


I have a notebook as well, as you can see in the pictures (in fact, I have two). A 15" PowerBook. The problem is that if you actually go places, even a 15" PowerBook is going to show. As in, you can't hide the fact you're carrying around a computer. And in Amsterdam, or any other major city, that's not something you want unhidden in some neighbourhoods.

My One? No one's going to know I'm carrying that around. It weighs nothing, and even if I put this in my bag, the bag seems utterly empty - in fact, you barely feel the weight difference.

Couple this with 3G and a data-only subscription, and I can work on OSNews, my blog, and university stuff from wherever I am, and seeing I spend quite some time away from either home or university, this can be a real timesaver.

This has nothing to do with showing off, as you seem to imply. It has to do with being practical. A portable computer should be portable for freck's sake, not something that looks like it's portable but in fact is about as portable as a bag of sand.

Netbooks are the real notebooks, the way all notebooks should be. I'm happy they exist, and I'm happy this niche of the market has finally shown up.

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RE[2]: Waste of money
by lemur2 on Wed 13th Aug 2008 10:57 in reply to "RE: Waste of money"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

A portable computer should be portable for freck's sake, not something that looks like it's portable but in fact is about as portable as a bag of sand.

Netbooks are the real notebooks, the way all notebooks should be. I'm happy they exist, and I'm happy this niche of the market has finally shown up.


Precisely. exactly. Spot on.

The primary exciting thing about these netbook machines is their small size and low weight ... ultraportability. The fact that they are cheap is also a huge enabler.

Having a pre-installed Linux giving an open system with access to a full repository (heaps of additional software at zero extra cost) rounds out a VERY impressive feature set. Excellent value for money.

Getting one with a 6-cell battery should yield 6 or 7 hours battery life.

Ultraportability. Convenience. Security. Stability. Power. Flexibility. Control of your own machine. Access to a vast array of software ... extensibility. Connectivity. Affordability. Compatibility.

These machines (with a proper Linux installed) are a game breaker.

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