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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Netbooks-The New Type Of Laptop

We all know that technology is always changing, right? Cell phones, TVs, Computer Monitors have all become smaller and slim-which is fine, because they aren't really needed for work, ect. But what about computers?

The newest craze for laptop/notebooks are Mini Notebooks. Acer, Dell, HP and the like have all started coming out with these thinner notebooks, called Netbooks.

And today, we will be taking a closer look at them!


Asus Eee PC- It has earned a good rating by the PCW Rating. This netbook comes with either Windows XP or Linux.

Specs For XP Version-
Operating system: Windows XP Home
Internal memory: 160 GB hard disk drive (HDD)
RAM: 1 GB DDR2
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom
Memory expansion: Slot for MMC/SD(SDHC) cards
Screen: 10 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels, LED backlight
Networking: 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), 10/100 Fast Ethernet
Bluetooth connectivity: No
Peripheral connectivity: Three USB 2.0
External video: One VGA
External audio: One headphone and one microphone port
Web camera: Yes, 1.3 megapixels
Battery: 6 cells (6600 mAh), up to 7 hours
Weight: 3.19 pounds (51 ounces)
Dimensions: 10.5 × 7.5 × 1.5 inches

Specs For Linux Version-
Internal memory: 20 GB solid state disk
Memory expansion: Slot for MMC/SD(SDHC) cards
RAM: 1 GB DDR2
Processor: 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU
Operating system: Linux (supports Windows XP)
LCD: 8.9 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels
Networking: 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), 10/100 Fast Ethernet
Peripheral connectivity: Three USB 2.0
External video: One VGA
External audio: One headphone and one microphone port
Web camera: Yes, 1.3 megapixels
Battery life: up to 3.5 hours
Weight: 2 pounds (32 ounces)
Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.7 x 1.33 inches

Xp Version $349.99
Linux Version $299.99


HP 2133 MiniNote-This was one the first netbooks produced from a major PC maker. Again it comes with either Linux or Windows(Vista though you can downgrade to Xp).

Specs-
Processor-1.2 GHz-VIA C7-M ULV
Hard Drive-120 GB SATA
Memory-1 GB is installed, but it can hold up another 1GB)
DVD/CD Drive-None
Screen-8.9 inch
Wi-Fi-Intel 3945ABG wireless LAN
other-2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
1 ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
1 Secure Digital memory card slot
1 headphone/line-out and 1 microphone
1 VGA monitor port
1 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity

HP 2133 $489.00


Acer Aspire One-This is Acers first attempt at netbooks. Again it comes with either Windows(XP) or Linux.

Specs-
Processor-Intel 1.6 GHz Atom N270
Hard Drive-160 GB SATA
Memory-1GB Ram
DVD/CD-None
WiFi-integrated 54g wireless LAN
Screen-8.9 inch
Other-3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
Secure Digital (SD) card reader, also compatible with MultiMedia cards (MMCs)
Multi-in-one card reader supports SD, MMC, Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO, and XD Picture Cards
1 VGA monitor port
1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
RJ-45 port for 10/100 Fast Ethernet connection

Acer Aspire One $347.80


MSI Wind NB U100-A lesser known PC maker. It has one of biggest screen sizes for a netbook. Comes only with XP

Specs-
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core Solo
RAM: 1000 MB
Hard Drive: 80 GB
Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Modem Module, Built-in 802.11b/g WLAN Card / Bluetooth Supported
CD/DVD-None

MSI Wind $349.99


Dell Inspiron Mini 9-A lot like Acer.

Specs-
Black , Intel® Atom Processor® N270 1.6 Ghz
1 GB DDR2 at 533MHz, 8GB Solid State Drive, EXTERNAL Portable CD/DVD-RW
Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Wireless 802.11g Mini Card, Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

Hardware Platform: PC
Processor: 1.6 Intel Pentium M
Number of Processors: 1
RAM: 1 GB
RAM Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive

Size: 8 GB
Type: Serial ATA
Cases and Expandability

Size (LWH): 9.13 inches, 6.77 inches, 1.06 inches
Weight: 2.42 pounds

Dell Inspiron Mini $649.00



Lenovo IdeaPad S10-It just came out here in US in October, comes with XP only.

Specs-
Ultra mobility, only 1.04inch and 2.4lbs, easy to take anywhere
10.2 inch size LED back light screen, comfortable and green
Peace of mind, Reliable, affordable and easy to use
Power by Intel Atom processor, powerful and long battery life together
Battery:3 Cell Lithium-Ion
Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

Hardware Platform: PC
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core Solo
System Bus Speed: 533
Number of Processors: 1
RAM: 1000 MB
RAM Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive

Size: 160 GB
Manufacturer: Portable
Type: Serial ATA
Ports and Connectivity

Modem: None
Cases and Expandability

Size (LWH): 7.2 inches, 9.85 inches, 1.08 inches
Weight: 2.76 pounds
Power

Rated Charge (normal use): 2.5 hours

Lenovo IdeaPad S10 $349.99

Those are some models of the netbook. Should they replace laptop/notebooks? I don't think so, as you can tell by their specs that they do lack a lot that regular desktops and notebooks have. They are perfect for travel and just surfing the net, but they are not built for work or school.