Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Feb 2009 18:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Chip company ARM is prepping to make its move into the netbook market, and now it has shown off a few prototype designs that really show off the benefits of using the ARM platform: thanks to passive cooling, no fans are required, enabling ARM netbooks to be much thinner and lighter than their Intel counterparts. Thanks to ZDNet, we have a nice video overview of these ARM netbooks - as well as a few very tiny ARM desktop machines.
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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by lemur2 on Wed 25th Feb 2009 02:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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I should add that my Mom uses my old computer (my old eMac) with a 1GHz processor and 1 GB RAM. It is sufficient for everything she uses, including over 10000 photos she has on it. Most current netbooks would be atleast as fast. Of course that old computer has an excellent 17" screen, and a really good keyboard, both of which will not be matched by any cheap netbook.

My son is currently a uni student, and he recently bought a netbook because of its ultra-portability. He can use it at Uni and the small screen and keyboard is not too much of a price to pay in return for the portability.

When he gets home, however ... he just plugs it into the mains to recharge, and he plugs in a USB mouse and an external LCD monitor ... and he now has two screens, one of which is large enough to be no compromise. He doesn't bother with a bigger keyboard though.

His cheap netbook is now perfectly fine to use for doing homework assignments and papers.

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