Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Sep 2008 23:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems As some of you may have noticed, I'm slightly obsessed with my Aspire One netbook, and actually, with netbooks in general. They are great little devices, more powerful than you'd give them credit for upon first encounter. And, but that might just be me, netbooks are what laptops should have been from day one: truly portable. El Reg has put together a buyer's guide for today's netbooks, and while the guide is generally spot-on with its assessments, it does present some odd choices here and there. Read on for some of my own thoughts grown out of experience.
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RE: I would never buy one
by big_gie on Sat 13th Sep 2008 20:35 UTC in reply to "I would never buy one"
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Of course you'll never buy one. Theese small machines are not meant to replace a real laptop/desktop! Nobody wants to play high demanding games on these machine.

They offer a small, robust, lightweight and cheap way of getting your email/browsing/video/etc. on the go.

I do research in physics where I develop and implement models which runs on big clusters. You could argue that the cluster is way too heavy to cary home, but then that's not it was designed for!

And I could laught at the CPU in your machine and ask you why you bought your laptop with such a ridiculous cpu... But I wont ;) Each product is meant to fulfil a specific need. I remeber hearing similar critics over the XO. What people did not got was that the XO was there to fulfil other needs than run photoshop. I don't need a 3GHz processor on any of my laptop. Can you really make the difference between 1.6GHz and 2.0GHz? Also, don't forget that 98% of the time the CPU is idle...

I have a big laptop, more a desktop replacement, which I carry each weekend coming back to my home town. My back is begining to hurt after a couple of month of this. I want to watch movies in the bus, but the 15" beast is a pain to get out of the bag when I'm in the bus. So I'm eagerly waiting to buy an Eee 901.

I know I wont run my big simulations on it: I have my cluster for that. For big code developpment, I have my main desktop on even my laptop. But for the go, these are the perfect machines. Again, specific products for specific needs.

I do have critics on "SCC"s to. I'd love to see touchscreen on them (I saw some kit on ebay for the eee), but maybe more interesting, beeing able to flip completly the screen. It would reduce the size it occupies when watching movies for example (like in a bus...) and with a touchscreen it would be great. But then I'm dreaming ;)

Anyone heard if the new Intel SSD is faster then the one in these and if some models are expecting to have it?

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