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Re: ASUS up's the ante...does Dell call,raise, or fold? - 02-08-2009, 11:06 AM
whew...single..double..it's all greek to me.
What interests me here is that while the perfect netbook(Falcon Mach V performance in 9-10 inches of plastic and polished titanium weighing 1.6 lbs) is far from reality I think we are slowly -whatever the millimeter equivalent is for- inching our way there, barring lack of development for economic reasons. Being that this is just a 'niche' market it's hard to justify MY wants(see below) to what the public is buying.
I really think there are two routes to go here and it breaks down to intended use i.e. surfing/communications or portable office/game system/media center. Kinda like an Inspiron vs. XPS scenario. I personally know 10 people with dell minis and 13 more with HP/Acer/ASUS netbooks. at least 8 including myself would pay up to US$500 for a *XPS* netbook maybe even $600 if thats what it meant to *ULTRA* portable.
Ultimately, my ideal netbook would be 'simular' to the adamo in style but preferably a little thicker in the body to accommodate the heat , I'm not a brainiac on the nuances of processors but is there any reason Intel couldn't do to the N270 or N280 what it did with the 230 and make them *dual core*? if not I guess the 330 would do, and have at least a 32gb *sata* SSD with options up to 256gb for those who are too clausterphobic with the smaller drives. For a GPU , I could live with anything that allowed decent gaming and and 1080p vid. I could live with a 8.9 screen but would prefer 9.5". Wouldn't even bother with speakers(plug some in or headphones. And of course BT,wi-fi,GPS....all the bells and whistles. Then we would start to get close to *The Swiss Army knife of PC's*. I'm pretty sure we're still at finger nail clipper stage. Oh and don't forget the HDMI- preferably wireless so I can beam to my 47"LCDTV. I don't think I'm asking too much.
The 1000HE could be lightened with a SSD but again there, until the price drops for the larger Capacity drives we're stuck with heavy HDD's or SSD's that cost more than the netbook itself.....but if ya gotta have the space....
You could also sacrifice some battery life to lighten it but that doesn't seem like a reasonable tradeoff since there will be increased energy use presumably with better video and gaming options.
I'm anxious to see what Holmes4 has to say when he gets his.
sorry for rambling
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