Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The big thing in notebooks right now are netbooks. They're cheap, more than powerful enough for day-to-day tasks, and small enough to actually carry around without anyone even noticing you're carrying one (not a bad thing in some parts of the world). However, they also receive a lot of criticism, such as cramped keyboards and displays that are too small. So, at Kaiwai's suggestion, here's a question for you all: how do you use your netbook?
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Not a heavy user
by Kroc on Thu 20th Aug 2009 13:21 UTC
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I have two netbooks—

Cramped, slow and have installed I-don’t-recall number of linux distros trying to find one that works. The resolution really works against it as a browsing-device.

The Go edition has a 16GB SSD, no bluetooth but 3G integrated. I use this as a highly portable laptop for my main job of going house to house fixing PCs. I use it to look up problems on Google, order parts and generally anywhere where I need an Internet connection. I also carry about 5 GB of various softwares for fixing computers and sync this to an SD card so I can download updates and make changes to this toolset on the move. Its certainly helped to make my job much easier and to pass time whilst I’m waiting for yet-another-chkdsk/r.

I don’t use it much beyond that though—the keyboard is too cramped, and I don’t find the screen bright enough. Even with an extended 8800mA battery, It still isn’t confident enough with getting a day’s work done.

I’m rewriting my website to provide an online CMS so I can hopefully also use my netbook to blog more often, but really I hark for a 10-12" netbook with 12+ hours battery. Hopefully these will come soon enough.

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RE: Not a heavy user
by broken_symlink on Fri 21st Aug 2009 12:13 in reply to "Not a heavy user"
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You should take a look at the msi wind u123-003. It has a 9 cell battery. I have no idea what the actual battery life is in terms of hours, but its the largest battery i've ever seen on any netbook or laptop.

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