Linked by David Adams on Fri 13th Nov 2009 18:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Techvideoblog has a video review of the Menq Easypc E760, an $80 ARM-based laptop that runs Android. From the looks of it, I don't think this is a very good gadget, because it's slow (less powerful than an iPhone 3GS, but of course also a lot cheaper), but I agree with the Techvideo guy: the Easypc is important because it's the vanguard of a likely wave of cheap, ARM-based devices that will very soon have the necessary power for a pleasant and productive web browsing experience. Once that happens, a sizable portion of the current laptop and netbook userbase will move downmarket, and some of the constituents that the OLPC program was trying to serve (young students and the lower economic stratum) will have a network communication device available to them that's more accessible.
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Speed
by XCoder on Sat 14th Nov 2009 06:52 UTC
XCoder
Member since:
2006-08-11

This is the biggest problem. I tired my eee 901 with Ubuntu, windows7, OpenSUSE, Mandriva, XP and the result: the atom processor is too slow to normal web browsing. The only way to make it useable the ad-blocker to kill the flash based AD-s. IMHO any slower processor is unuseable for web browsing.

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RE: Speed
by bousozoku on Sat 14th Nov 2009 08:24 in reply to "Speed"
bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23

This is the biggest problem. I tired my eee 901 with Ubuntu, windows7, OpenSUSE, Mandriva, XP and the result: the atom processor is too slow to normal web browsing. The only way to make it useable the ad-blocker to kill the flash based AD-s. IMHO any slower processor is unuseable for web browsing.


That seems odd. Up until two weeks ago when I got my 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook, I thought my 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 PowerBook was just fine. ;-)

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Different cpu and hard drive
by nt_jerkface on Sat 14th Nov 2009 23:28 in reply to "RE: Speed"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Most of the flash drives in netbooks have lousy burst rates.

You actually need a good ssd to have performance comparable to a 5400rpm drive.

The really good ssds cost more than netbooks.

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RE: Speed
by Zbigniew on Sat 14th Nov 2009 10:26 in reply to "Speed"
Zbigniew Member since:
2008-08-28

I've got better solution: just didn't install any flash-plugin. ;)

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RE[2]: Speed
by bnolsen on Sat 14th Nov 2009 10:57 in reply to "RE: Speed"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

You have to also consider battery life.

noscript + flashblock is a necessity.

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RE: Speed
by deathshadow on Sat 14th Nov 2009 14:38 in reply to "Speed"
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2005-07-12

There must be something REALLY wrong with your EEE then, or you're screwing up the install... bousozoku mentioned a 1.33 G4, I've still got a 1ghz P3 that's more than up to the job of browsing I use in my garage!

My MSI Wind U123 blows that P3 out of the water and for browsing is just FINE... Well, unless I do something retarded and try to use that fat bloated pig known as firefox - which I won't even run on my Q6600 based workstation except for testing purposes... But then I've always had horrible results trying to use gecko based browsers.

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RE: Speed
by bornagainenguin on Sat 14th Nov 2009 15:11 in reply to "Speed"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

XCoder trolled...

This is the biggest problem. I tired my eee 901 with Ubuntu, windows7, OpenSUSE, Mandriva, XP and the result: the atom processor is too slow to normal web browsing.


That's funny, I do most of my browsing on my eeepc 901 these days because of how convenient it is and how well it works for me. If you hate your eeepc so much I'll take it off your hands for the cost of shipping, PM me and we'll talk details. Or maybe you could admit that you're having issues because you aren't configuring it properly...

--bornagainpenguin

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