I am considering buying a netbook and I have a couple of newbie questions that I thought could benefit everyone if asked here.
When looking at the specs I can see two types of storage figures for the same product (with big differences like 10Gig and 160Gig). What's that all about?
Considering using the netbook on the move and outside, what type of screen should I look for?
Using it mainly to access a remote server and use software on the server, will the OS I choose make any difference (Linux vs Win) - in terms of speed but also ease of use. Am a windows user, is linux hard to grasp?
Removable battery - a must?
Any other pitfall to avoid, things to look out for?
I like the ASUS brand and already have an ASUS laptop. Was thinking of going for an EEE Pc (probably the 1005HA-H). Any EEE Pc user here? Would you recommend it? (don't let this turn into a battle of the brands ;))
Comment on the storage specifications: Some models offer the option of a regular hard drive (motor and magnetic-media disc) or a solid-state hard drive. In this case, the solid-state hard drive is likely to be smaller, because it is based on the same EEPROM technology as USB memory sticks, cell phone SIM memory, etc.
Compared to a regular hard drive, a solid state drive has no spin-up time, very low latency, no "seek time," much lower potential for "shock damage" due to being dropped, and lower power consumption, but higher cost and smaller storage capacity.
I used a friend's eeePC for half a day, and found it a bit slow, but still surprisingly usable.
I have an Asus EEPC with a 10 inch screen. Atom processor, Win XP .. model 1000H . It is a excellent. I have an 80 GB HDD. but I think you can easily get 160GB nowadays. The only drawback is the lack of the DVD Drive.. But that is not imp. if it is your add on PC.
Buy one with a six cells battery to stay more than five hours unplugged. Take a look on the Acer Aspire One D150-1BR.
6 cells on ASUS gives only apx. 4 Hrs and they are supposed to be the best. They claim 7 hrs backup but that is with limitations , making the netbook quite useless. So plan on 4 hrs apx.
|When looking at the specs I can see two types of storage figures for the same product (with big differences like 10Gig and 160Gig). What's that all about? |
Just out of curiosity I checked out some netbooks today when visiting the big electronics retailer round the corner (was shopping for a dishwasher and had a look on my way out).
There was one model that had a 10 GB solid state drive + a small HD. The solid state drive was just for the OS (XP in this case) and HD for programs and data. Sorry, but I don't remember the brand or model name
I got a Samsung NC10. I`ve been getting an easy 6hrs battery life for my usage and the laptop itself is terrific.
Kiddie toy. Not a full blown PC, don't expect that, but for general purpose use these critters are pretty gosh darn fair. Don't bother with Photoshop edits, vid is not there. No DVD unless you grab it via USB sources (further drain). Somewhere between Tinker Toy and Lincoln Logs. (Showing my age.)