Friday, September 25, 2009

My personal Netbooks(Net-tops) and Notebooks (Laptops) point of view.

Recently i wanted to get myself a Netbook, however i'm in tight of budget for something else and ended up drooling for one instead of owning one. But damn soon i'll get one when the spec is right !

A came across few of my friends (each at a different time) and we talked about mobile computers, laptops, etc etc...and i told them i'm planning to get one netbook myself. Most of them own a laptop which i'm kinda embarrassed to say i don't own one even i really needed it. *sob

After telling one of my friend about how i liked those little things, the most often opinion i get from them is " but these notebooks are damn slow compare to those bigger ones" . It's true but i had different point of view, to clear things up i decided to write an explanation on *why i think these little stuffs are better in most ways.

What is a netbook ? Its basically a smaller sized 7 inch ~11 inch brother compare to our 13inch ~ 17inch laptops. They are basically smaller in size, lighter in weight more portable than any portability a laptop can get.

My own POV for getting a Netbook  :
Let's just imagine you're a businessmen, student or a person who needs a computer most of the time, you need your pc to do word processing, accounting, studying, or even gaming or web surfing.

After so many years of innovation and technology improvement, laptops are getting bigger and bulkier instead of getting more portable. The first main reason for the need of laptop is to enable a person to carry around a small and portable sized computer. Back in the days where laptop is sized like 2 military's 50cal ammo box strapped together then later we have a laptop sized as thick as an oxford dictionary and now we still see them as thick as a marketing text book.

The last smallest laptop i've used for more than 2 hours is the Apple MacBook 13inch with the Nvidia 9400 inrergrated. Any laptop above 13 inch is consider too much to carry around for me, why ? why the f*** do i want carry around a piece of equipment sized at 15 inch and weights over 2kg. I don't feel the likeness of bringing a big arse laptop bag into the tight cubic sized public toilet while i'm having no where else to place it while i'm doing my business.
Some will say " Well ? leave the bag with your friend ", i'd say "I don't suppose you have friend with you all the time".

Netbooks are mostly sized from 8 inches to 11 inches and weights from 1kg to 1.5kg, depending on specifications and material used.

Naturally most people will judge an object or something on its size, but at least do not compare apples to oranges. The specs on a netbook are very much different compare to the laptops while laptops can have the specs of a netbook which is very much brainless to do so.

A typical netbook consists of some low powered and less power consuming hardwares like an Intel Atom 2xx cpu, an Intel Integrated GMA950 series graphics chipset, 1 Gigabytes of memory, wireless network and 160 Gigabytes of storage capacity without optical drives. (get a slim external drive)

A typical notebook consists of the usual very near desktop performance CPUs , Intel Intergrated GMA 4xxx series graphics chipset, 1 Gigabytes of memory, wireless network and 160 Gigabytes of storage capacity with optical drives.

Most users who needed a laptop have one primary need from a laptop, to do everything except gaming, and their second need is to game if possible. The specs of a netbook can easily handle any daily softwares like MS Word , Internet Explorer, music players. If you have the freetime, you can go through the links which i will post later in the same post to showcase what *games , YES GAMES , can a netbook handle from low end or old dated games to current games.

Its true netbooks are less performing compare to laptops, but who ever needs a laptop mainly for gaming i'd say you must be rich and must be a mad gamer and sorry, the main idea of laptop is not gaming. It still falls back to portable and efficient problem.

Estimated performance between netbooks and laptops :
Worksheet performance : netbooks are near equally fast as laptops (how fast can MS word go ? its not a game dammit !)

Gaming performance : netbooks are naturally slow due to the specifications, some are able to play games like COD4 at low res and quality. Gaming on a mobile platform isn't cool, unless you're paying 10k for that piece of thing.

Battery performance : Hahahaha , laptop you say ? NO , its netbook's best card. Netbook beats laptop 3>1 here with its 3 hours battery life AT LEAST.

After reading, you will still wonder why netbook ? well if you ask me to get a fast laptop because its pointless for getting a netbook, i'd rather want it to be power efficient, portable and able to get my spreadsheets done.
Heavy gaming on a laptop might as well spend my time gaming on a desktop.

Last thing to justify getting a netbook, the price.
The performance of a RM1.3k netbook is almost equivalent to a 14inch+ RM1.6k laptop and netbook sports a 3 hours at least of battery life compare to a laptop with 1 hour and 40 min of battery life at max. Its light , it can be as fast as the bigger low-end siblings, its able to work for 3 hours least, less heat and costs lesser. Why not netbook ?

The only reason for getting a laptop is when you don't want a desktop, and able to find a wall plug everywhere and don't mind the performance of the machine.


One viewer commented on the 2nd video :

"Only uneducated will pay for a netbook over the notebook? You are either very naive or very young. I travel a lot and the 2 most important things for me are: small footprint (typing on planes), long battery. My wife has a desktop replacement laptop, which is fine and has its place ,like the specs with a big screen below. The netbook market is booming for a reason. Now with the ION the fact that I can frag out to CoD4 and other games is fantastic! Even get some playtime!"

I have to agree with this guy who commented on youtube !

Btw, on first video ! FRIGGIN OWNAGE HERE PAL ! COD4 ! (still show awesomeness although its on low settings)

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