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Join Date: Oct 2009
Please help me decide which one based on my needs. - 10-01-2009, 06:13 PM
I’m looking to get either a Mini10 or Mini10v and would like some help deciding which to get.
I have searched this site and the web quite a bit and have gotten some partial answers, but not really a solid reason why I should buy one over the other. I’ll be traveling in November for three weeks and would like to take one on my trip. Here’s my intended usages:
ยทRun Windows, don’t care which version, probably XP or maybe newer. Might install Ubuntu down the road, but probably not. Will not be installing OS X.
ยทWill use it for wireless web surfing and email. (Either 10 or 10 v can do this fine.)
ยทWill use it to download my photos to HDD. (Either 10 or 10v can do this, prefer a SATA drive.)
ยทWould like to be able to watch movies. All movies will be ripped to files in various formats like divx and mpeg. Also watch flash based video like that on Hulu. I will not be hooking up an external DVD drive.
ยทWould like to be able to play older games, but not a priority at all as I might never do so.
So, those are the main uses for me. I know the mini10 has the GMA 500 video and the mini10v has the GMA 950 video. I know some video will be able to utilize the GPU and others like Flash/Hulu use the CPU to render the video. My Wikipedia and web searches really have not shown one graphic chip to be better than the other. Wikipedia states the 500 has more hardware acceleration built in, but if it doesn’t help the video types listed, it may not be better.
I also realize they have different Atom CPU series, but again have not been able to determine which is better. The CPU power will be useful of course and will be critical playing some types of video.
I’ll be buying one of the cheaper computers out of the Dell outlet. That means I’ll be getting the basic display regardless of model. Even the cheap ones have a 120 or 160 GB HDD which is plenty for me.
Given this, which model do you think would be best and why? I have searched but been unable to find any kind of definitive guide stating the info I need to make an informed choice. Thanks for your help!
---------- Post added at 11:13 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:51 AM ----------
I have seen the RAM video:
So if I go with the 10v, I'll probably upgrade the RAM to 2 GB after the trip.
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10-02-2009, 10:10 PM
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