mobile comfort

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Another sweet reason that justifies the recent purchase of a 2nd hand eee Asus 901 is the compact size and weight of the power supply.

An 8,9″ display at 1024x600px resolution combined with a rather tiny keyboard for sure isn’t as perfect as the ideal combination of these two worlds – which would probably be an advanced 11,1″ notebook @ 1280x800px and full CoreDuo CPU – but any kg I do not have to carry around is very much appreciated.

Netbooks are cool and if Apple and AMD do not agree on this, then it’s just because they haven’t come up with suitable alternatives. With the worldwide increase in netbook sales, it becomes obvious that many consumers actually like these low-cost computers.

My eeePC has a 6-cell battery that lasts for at least 6hrs (tested!) – which provides real mobile comfort so I could even leave this power supply at home.

I think that netbooks – which ideally also come with an internal 3G modem and a basic Linux OS – are the perfect computer for most average households, whether in Europe, the US or Africa.

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  1. Yes, netbooks.

    I’m waiting for apple to get on board so I can get one. I’m perfectly happy to get one for my brother, or niece, but I’m too pc-phobic right now to move back into that neighborhood.

    Netbooks! A Very Good Thing, as Martha would say.

  2. Oh Keguro – you could of course also go for the MacBook Air!

    Seriously, some folks also put OSX on netbooks, so from a technical point of view, it is doable to have a similar comfort.

    The screen with its backlit LED is just awesome on this little jewel (at least some MAC feeling) and for a unique user interface, there are a few ways to turn any Linux distribution to look like a Mac OSX system, including the dockbar and other neat stuff.
    Oh, and it btw also has a multi-touch touchpad, meaning you can zoom in on pictures using both fingers.

    But you are right – an Apple netbook would be the killer gadget and sell quite well. I think that both Apple and AMD assume that netbooks will not survive for too long as we will probably rather see a decrease in laptop prices and an increase in low-power CPUs so that these low-scale netbooks will eventually merge with entry 11″/12″/13″ laptops.

    However, if netbooks brought about this change or at least triggered it (netbooks have a current market share of over 10%, which is quite impressive already), then it’s good that some manufacturers aren’t as arrogant as Apple & Co and are already supplying this demand for low-budget devices.