Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 13:31 UTC, submitted by Hakime
Hardware, Embedded Systems The NPD group has done a study into customer satisfaction among netbook buyers, and they came to some surprisingly unsurprising results. As it turns out, people who expected a notebook when they bought a netbook were more likely to be disappointed than buyers who set out to buy a netbook from the get-go. No doodoo, Sherlock.
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Main Machine
by Kancept on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 14:46 UTC
Kancept
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2006-01-09

I used to lug around my 17" MBP. I then bought a Dell Mini9 and loved it. So much so that after 3 months with it, it became my main machine. I have another machine to do video editing and big photo editing on (my kid's alienware gaming rig), but I don't do that often. This machine has been great for light photo editing and everything else I do.

Just 2 weeks ago, I got my hp mini 2140 and have moved to it. It has the bigger keyboard, which makes programming easier, and a real HD instead of a tiny SSD. Admittedly, that tiny SSD was barely enough, and I stopped downloading so much, which was a productivity booster.

I bought them with linux, but use OSX on them. I do have the Windows disks for them as well, but was not impressed by it on them. Linux on the mini9 was neat, and I really liked the interface. The linux implementation on the hp looks good, but wasn't very functional for me.

I really like this 2140, it's my main machine, and just plain works.

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RE: Main Machine
by Richard Dale on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 16:41 in reply to "Main Machine"
Richard Dale Member since:
2005-07-22

Just 2 weeks ago, I got my hp mini 2140 and have moved to it. It has the bigger keyboard, which makes programming easier, and a real HD instead of a tiny SSD. Admittedly, that tiny SSD was barely enough, and I stopped downloading so much, which was a productivity booster.

I bought them with linux, but use OSX on them. I do have the Windows disks for them as well, but was not impressed by it on them. Linux on the mini9 was neat, and I really liked the interface. The linux implementation on the hp looks good, but wasn't very functional for me.

I really like this 2140, it's my main machine, and just plain works.


You don't say whether you have the high resolution variant of the HP 2140 - that would be my perfect small laptop I think. A resolution of 1024 x 578 like the lower resolution HP 2140 wouldn't be quite good enough for me.

I use an HP 2133 as my main machine, like the 2140 it's beautifully finished has a great keyboard. It's a bit slow at compiling C++ with the VIA C7 chip, but that hardly matters to most normal users. I have Kubuntu Intrepid with KDE 4.2 and that is a really nice combination. The 2133 has a screen resolution of 1288 x 768 which is good enough for me, but type is just that bit too small sometimes. The slightly larger screen on the HP 2140 with a 10 inch diagonal, might be just perfect - I'm really keen to see what it looks like in the flesh.

Once you got used to carrying 1-1.25 Kg machines around, anything that weighs 2-3 Kg seems more 'luggable' that actually portable.

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RE[2]: Main Machine
by Kancept on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 18:24 in reply to "RE: Main Machine"
Kancept Member since:
2006-01-09

I have the HD screen, and I love it. Major improvement over the SD screen. My Dell had the 1024x600, and there really is a difference onsite when you use the 1366x768 on my HD screen.

When I get home, I do plug my mini into my 20" screen and use both screens. Works great.

The reason I bought the 2140 is that now they do use the 1.6 Atom like my mini did, so overall, I see no performance difference, even the HD in this vs. the SSD in my mini9. Because I have it laying around though, I may put in a 320GB 7200 before too long. But seriously, the 160GB 5400 in it works fine.

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