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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No netbook at all for me
by biffuz on Thu 20th Aug 2009 17:43 UTC
biffuz
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2006-03-27

I can't really understand this netbook madness. They are just too small and too slow to be enjoyable.

I really prefer my office notebook. It is a big, bulky and heavy Toshiba, but its Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz is a wonderful CPU and its 3 GB of RAM lets me run XP, OSX in a VM, development tools and a lot of other stuff with no paging file. It's got a terrible Intel GPU, but of course that's the office laptop, I don't use it to play WoW.

For me, I just bought a 13.3" MacBook Unibody - the previous model, not the current "Pro" - at 20% discount, and once I sell my older black MacBook, I'll have paid for it less than most netbooks sells for ;)
And it is a perfectly portable machine, with a very good battery, and it CAN play WoW nicely.
At these conditions, which one would have you chosen?

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RE: No netbook at all for me
by AdamW on Thu 20th Aug 2009 17:53 in reply to "No netbook at all for me"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

Uh. your math appears to be discounting the price you paid for your old Macbook in the first place to $0, which is a bit silly. Most people don't have an old Macbook to offset against the price of a new one...

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RE[2]: No netbook at all for me
by biffuz on Fri 21st Aug 2009 07:38 in reply to "RE: No netbook at all for me"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

Uh. your math appears to be discounting the price you paid for your old Macbook in the first place to $0, which is a bit silly. Most people don't have an old Macbook to offset against the price of a new one...

My comment was ironic, you know :-)

The math is more or less correct. Since my first notebook (2003) I spent about €150/year for them, which is pretty good.

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RE: No netbook at all for me
by fretinator on Thu 20th Aug 2009 18:02 in reply to "No netbook at all for me"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

For me, I just bought a 13.3" MacBook Unibody - the previous model, not the current "Pro" - at 20% discount, and once I sell my older black MacBook, I'll have paid for it less than most netbooks sells for ;)


Some interesting math there, are you involved in marketing at all? You can't compare how much you paid after a trade in of a Macbook against the price of the netbook alone.

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RE: No netbook at all for me
by Delgarde on Thu 20th Aug 2009 21:44 in reply to "No netbook at all for me"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

I can't really understand this netbook madness. They are just too small and too slow to be enjoyable.


Enjoyable for what? That's the key - they might be too cramped and underpowered for what you might want to do, which is fine. But as a computer to take with you while traveling, they're hard to beat.

My 9" Aspire One takes up little room and weighs less than 1kg, and even the much-hyped Macbook Air doesn't come close to that. And while it's no good for playing 3d games or doing video editing, it's perfectly sufficient for email, web browsing, and basic photo editing - exactly the kind of thing you might want to do while traveling around the world...

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RE[2]: No netbook at all for me
by biffuz on Fri 21st Aug 2009 07:27 in reply to "RE: No netbook at all for me"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

My 9" Aspire One takes up little room and weighs less than 1kg, and even the much-hyped Macbook Air doesn't come close to that. And while it's no good for playing 3d games or doing video editing, it's perfectly sufficient for email, web browsing, and basic photo editing - exactly the kind of thing you might want to do while traveling around the world...


Sorry, I prefer 1 kg more but more screen real estate :-)

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