Netbook Number 5 and Still Rolling Along
11 May 2010 1 Comment
There have been a number of vexatious posts along the lines of ‘Netbooks Growth Virtually Dead. Blame the iPad’. As usual we need to turn to the level-headed Paul Thurrott in his post to debunk the myth – 45.6 million netbooks are expected to be sold in 2011.
Over the last couple of years I have become very dependent on my netbooks whenever I leave my study at home or my office at work. The netbook is with me at all meetings of a professional nature, whenever I travel, on long weekends and longer holidays. Although I totally aspire to work in the cloud exclusively I still need a minimal set of locally installed apps the most important being:
- Evernote for my life database of notes
- Live Mesh multiple machine synchronisation with web backup
- Windows Live Essentials, particularly Live Writer and Live Photos
- Tweetdeck with Adobe AIR
(With my iPad on order it will be interesting to see how it performs v a netbook.)
Nine months ago I was lucky enough to receive a free HP Mini 2010 netbook with the newly released Windows 7 Ultimate at the Microsoft Australia TechEd2009. After upgrading at some cost to a 6-cell battery my HP netbook has performed exceedingly well but suffered from two annoying problems:
- lack of Bluetooth
- display size; vertical height of 576 loses OK button on several key dialog boxes
Last week it was time to correct those problems.
Here I just wanted to record the christening of my new netbook, a Samsung N210. This is number 5 in the sequence of EeePC 701, EeePC 901, EeePC 1000H, and HP Mini 2010. So far this has moved much further to perfection but it is still not 100% there. A simple comparison between netbooks 4 and 5 is:
HP Mini 2010
|No Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Problem 1 solved|
|1024 x 576 display||1024 x 600 display||Problem 2 solved|
|Shiny display||Matt display||Distinct benefit for N210|
|~ 5 hour battery||~9 hour battery||Big bonus and reason to choose the N210|
|2 GB memory||1 GB memory||Downside for N210|
|2 USB ports||3 USB ports||Big win for N210, need 3 ports fairly often|
|Windows 7 Ultimate||Windows 7 Starter||Can live without aero|
So my netbook use has taken a noticeable leap forward and the only improvement might be to increase the memory to 2GB, I’ll see how Windows 7 copes without it to begin with.