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The Ultimate Netbook is...? - 02-24-2009, 03:04 PM
When I saw a Mini 9 on sale I jumped on the chance to get one. I had a feeling these little gems "slipped under the radar" and may not be around soon. I want the smallest fully functional computer I can get that is durable, upgradeable, and runs XP. In these respects, the Mini 9 is as good as it gets right now, IMO.
For my purposes, here is what the "ultimate Netbook" would be. Ideally, "Netbooks" would be getting smaller and more powerful. In my mind, they could get down to the size to half of what they are now, where you flip them open and have to type with your thumbs, but still have a screen with 1024xwhatever. (Horizontal resolution is what matters IMO). The VGA out would be 1280x1024 (standard 17" LCD), there would still be the three USBs, they would be upgradeable to 4Gb RAM, they would have a 128Gb SSD that is fast. They would have "real" video cards or at least dedicated video hardware.
In a nutshell, the Dream Machine WOULD be a supersmall desktop replacement. You could just plug into a Monitor and a USB hub with all your peripherals hooked up, and it would do the job of your current fullsize PC. But in a pinch it would work as a Netbook that you wirelessly connect to the internet with and type with your thumbs.
Sadly, I see things going the opposite way. Netbooks getting bigger instead of smaller. And the Mini 10 with its crippled RAM upgradeability says to me that Microsoft doesn't want these things to compete with desktops they can force their latest OSs on. They want them as extras, not replacements.
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Re: The Ultimate Netbook is...? - 02-24-2009, 03:07 PM
What you have so eloquently described already exists as a platform referred to as a Mobile Internet Device - MID. Go on over to www.engadget.com and do a search for MID and see what turns up.
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Re: The Ultimate Netbook is...? - 02-24-2009, 08:21 PM
You can write here, guys: http://www.wepc.com/
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