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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I don’t like current gen notebooks, especially as they have become ever larger, heavier, more complex “desktop replacements”. I prefer a desktop machine for heavy lifting (compiling, MM, virtualization, gaming) because I find them generally more reliable, they are still much more powerful than all but the most ridiculously expensive desktop replacement notebooks and they are far more serviceable.

As such, netbooks really fit the bill for me as a portable machine. My Samsung NC 10, (N270) with 1GB of RAM and 160GB HDD, runs Win7 Ultimate RTM just fine (along with Office 2007). For e-mail, browsing, and even light gaming (think older games) this machine is a nifty and truly mobile compliment to my desktop machines. Additionally, because (at least for the moment) netbook hardware is so standardized and simple, mine has proven very reliable (current uptime for my netbook is 2wks 3days 12hrs). Throw in that my NC 10 has a great keyboard, bright display and gets about 6:30 of real, honest to god, battery life and it’s easy to understand why my Lenovo T60p and Toshiba M400 are collecting dust.

Very rarely, but once in a while, the saying “less is more” turns out to be true. It certainly is the case with my NC10. I love this little machine.

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