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Anyone try the new Atom processor mini notebooks
show user profile  npcph
We're looking at the new mini notebooks with the atom processor. Not for anything real intense, mostly for when we travel and need to access our server, email and simple stuff like that. I was wondering if anyone might have tried one. Any thoughts on them? I can get them for anywhere from $250 to about $400 so they are pretty economic. Are they worth the cost?
thanks for the help.
Phil

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3/10/2009 8:48:17 PM (last edit: 3/10/2009 8:48:17 PM)
show user profile  TiMoN
I have mixed feelings about them..

The atom is great compared to the first Asus eee netbooks, with the 900mhz non-dual-core CPU's they started out with.. those where rubbish, as soon as you had Win XP up and running, it was slow, and any sort of antivirus just killed it completely.

The Atom CPU is adequate for surfing and things like regular office work, the screen however is too small for such things IMO though, you're constantly scrolling up and down to see the full website or work area.

I haven't tried watching HD movies on one, so I cant say how well it runs that sort of thing, I know the graphics chipset is rubbish (Intel 945 with GMA950 or something on most Netbooks) so do not expect too much. It CAN run DIVX and such, so its not all bad though.

We are currently testing a couple of Asus EEE boxes(tiny desktops that require a monitor and input devices) as office machines at work, and they are actually doing OK, while using very little power. Its a total bitch to upgrade though, its just not made to be opened.

Personally I'm looking forward to seeing the Nvidia ION / Intel ATOM chipset thing... ATOM CPU with 9400GT graphics chipset..

/edit.
Ive seen some Netbooks (cant remember which brand) that come with the old VIA C7 CPU and SIS Chrome GFX chipset... I would stay far away from those..
I might have a look at anything with the new VIA NANO CPU though.

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3/11/2009 2:13:59 AM (last edit: 3/11/2009 2:18:05 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
I've had my Asus Eee 901 for a few months now and if it ever breaks down I will buy a new one that same day. It exeeded my expectations by far, it's just amazing. It's the pc I use most now, several times a day almost every day. It's always on stand by, lasts about 5 hours on battery and the 7" screen is so sharp I actually enjoy watching movies on this little fellow (REALLY!!).
I use it for surfing and mail obviously, online banking, reading pdf books, watching movies and photos and for a few simple windows applications I use on a daily basis. When I'm drawing it's also great to put next to me and have it display reference material, art works of other people, photo's , gnomon video tutorials, etc... It's great as a low energy download machine or for ebay sniping.
I really like the fact that it is so small, the keyboard types just as well as that of a normal sized labtop (I do have thin fingers, people with think fingers will hate it), I can take it and use it anywhere without it taking up much space.

It's also nice to have when I have to go fix the network or computer of a friend or family. Great to test a wifi connection, set up a router and try it out etc...


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3/11/2009 2:38:13 AM (last edit: 3/11/2009 2:40:59 AM)
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