Sunday, June 21

Why God Invented Netbooks

Netbooks - The First Netbooks

Who invented the netbook?
Mary Lou Jepsen. The first netbook was launched in 2007 by Asustek , they named it the Eee PC and 350,000 units were made. To everyone's surprise they sold out in a few months. The first netbooks were designed as a result of the "One laptop per child" initiative, largely based on the ideas of Mary Lou Jepsen, but the Eee Pcs were not bought by the people in poor countries for whom they were originally intended but by middle-class buyers in the West, who were looking for a second laptop computer they could carry with them and use for checking their email, YouTube or Facebook while they were on the move. The success of the Eee PC fnetbook orced major manufacturers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo to take note. By autumn 2008, nearly every US notebook manufacturer had launched their $400 netbook.

The design of the netbook revealed that PC users didn't want laptops that did more and more, they wanted computers that did less and were cheaper.
(Asus Eee PC 1000HA Netbook)
Asus Eee PC 1000HA NetbookBy the time 2008 was over, Asustek, which now makes some of the best netbooks under the name Asus, had sold over 5 million netbooks, and sales by other brands amounted to 10 million. One strange phenomenon is that Europe appears to have fallen in love with netbooks - sales are 8 times those in the US. In just one year, netbooks had rocketed to become 7% of the global notebook market. In 2009 it is expected to be 12%.

Netbooks are the answer to what we actually do with our computers. People often buy the fastest most powerful computer available just in case, but in reality most people do very simple tasks on their computers, such as checking their email and surfing the net. Netbooks turned out to be the perfect solution.

Strangely enough netbooks have actually turned back the clock, whilst at the same time convincing people that they are the latest trendy thing. Netbooks perform like notebooks did 5 years ago, but it turns out that that is good enough.

Asustek realized that most people do a small range of things online over and over again and they could therefore produce a machine that would do those things for less than $300, but their netbooks are more or less useless when you are not online. They more or less force you to buy into the vaporous dream of cloud computing, because there's no storage space on your netbook.

When Asustek released their Eee netbook, the major companies like DellDell Inspiron Netbook, HP, and Apple didn't react Lillian Lin of Asustek said "All the other brands were thinking, 'Oh, this is crap,'"

Why would Dell and HP want to sell a netbook for $400 when they were doing very well selling notebooks for $1,000? For Asustek and MSI things were different, they had no established PC business so they had nothing to lose.
(Dell Inspiron Netbook)
Netbooks are the classic example of an upstart upsetting the apple cart.

To get around the problem of not being able to use Photoshop on a netbook there are things like Fotoflexer online, a web-based editing application that is a good enough replacement for Photoshop.

Netbooks are now so cheap that companies like Vodafone and RadioShack are giving them away to people who sign up for their services.

Another strange netbook phenomenon is that they are so cheap that the makers barely make a profit on them. Paul Goldenberg, MD of Digital Gadgets says "The profit margins on these things are nonexistent. Everyone is saying 'We're losing money now, but we'll make it up on volume, right?'"

Netbooks have set the cat amongst the pigeons in more than one way. Microsoft had planned to stop selling Windows XP so that customers would have to buy the more lucrative Vista OS, but when Linux started to be installed in netbooks, Microsoft had to quickly change tack and extend the life of XP for another 2 years.

Microsof t say is making "good money" on netbooks but they charge only $15 for XP on netbooks, but plans to ensure that Windows 7 will run on netbooks — Vista is not good on netbooks. If you get Windows 7 make sure you choose Windows 7 Home Premium, the 'starter' version is not much good.

Intel is selling millions of Atom chips to netbook makers and says "We see this as our next billion-dollar market," even though they make only a fraction of what they make on a Celeron or Pentium in a laptop.

The great fear is that cheap netbooks are so good, people will not want to spend $1,000 for a laptop.

Times they are a changing however in laptop world and netbooks are set to take off in the USA like they have in Europe. But the next major market will be the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, China dn India) where there are billions of people who don't have any sort of computer yet amd for whom price is a major consideration.

Netbooks could in fact lead to even cheaper computers, that don't even need a motherboard. Mary Lou Jepsen says "if you want the batteries to last why not just make a screen and a really cheap $2 to $5 radio chip?" This seems to be the way things are going, everything, including games will be done online and people will look for the smallest computer they can get.
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Choosing a Netbook or Notebook

Netbooks or Notebooks ?

Should I buy a netbook or a notebook /Netbook Notebook Difference laptop?

Want to buy a netbook or a notebook? It is important to understand that a netbook is not a small notebook and far less a small desktop computer. Netbooks and notebooks are totally different animals, so which one you should buy depends on what you want to do.

What are the differences between a netbook and a notebook ?

First - netbooks are a lot smaller. A netbook screen goes from 7 to 10 inches - a notebook screen starts at 12.1 inches and can go as high as 21 inches.

Second - netbooks have less storage space, generally 4GB or up to 64GB - notebooks go from 80GB to 320 GB

Third - netbooks are not portable computers you can use for watching movies or videos or for playing games or using photoshop, Word or Excel - netbooks are designed for netcentric computing - i.e. stuff you do on the net that doesn't require much power, surfing, reading and checking your email

Fourth - the processor in a netbook is generally an Intel Atom that runs at 1.6 GHz, it is not fast but it does the basics

Fifth - netbooks do not have DVD drives or CD drives, notebooks do.

Sixth - price, netbooks cost around $300 - $500, laptops start at around $600

Seventh - batteries, netbook batteries last longer i.e. 6 - 10 hours on 1 charge due to their ultralow voltage processors and everything being efficient, a netbook runs cool so it doesn't need large fans. Batteries on notebooks only last on average between 2 and 4 hours

So there you have it, if you want a proper computer go for a notebook, but if you want something small, light and highly portable to let you check your email, twitter and chat while you are on the move, without the need for a recharger in your pocket, then go for a netbook !

Check out my new best mate Albert for a good descriptive video of the differences

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Thursday, June 18

Asus and Toshiba New Netbooks

Best Netbooks - Asus EeePC 1101HA and Toshiba NB205 New Netbooks

Asus announces new netbook / notebook - the Eee PC 1101HA netbook

Netbook Asus Eeepc 1001HAThe 1101HA netbook from Asus sports an 11-inch screen. which some think makes it a notebook. Asus is apparently to start shipping the 1101HA later this month (June). It will have a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor, 1GB memory, a 160GB hard-drive, Bluetooth, WiFi, 1.3MP camera and an untrimmed keyboard.

(Asus EeePC 1101HA - Netbook Computer)

The price will be between $550 and $750 - so a hefty price tag for what is suposed to be a netbook.

For info. on the Asus 1000HE see Asus netbooks

Toshiba NB205 Netbook for the USA

At the same time Toshiba will be shipping a netbook next week the NB205 using Intel's 1.66 GHz Atom N280 processor. It will have nearly 9 hours of battery life. The NB205 comes in a choice five colors, a "chiclet" keyboard, a 10.1-inch screen, and a 160GB hard drive.

The NB205 will be sold in two different models. The NB205-N310 is offered in "sable brown," "posh pink, "royal blue," or "frost white," and has an imitation carbon-fiber effect. It also has a shiny chiclet design keyboard, a hommage to Apple's MacBooks no doubt.

The NB205-N210, has a sober black case and a traditional keyboard, but will cost $50 less.

Toshiba says the keyboard has a 19mm pitch, which reduces typing errors. The NB205's LED-backlit screen is 10.1-inch.
Netbook Toshiba NB205 310
(Toshiba NB205 310 Netbook)

The netbook has a 160GB hard disk drive and runs under Windows XP Home, and weighs 2.9 pounds with the extended battery. It also has 3 USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output, a webcam, a 10/100 Ethernet port and a mic input and headphone output. One of the USB ports can power external devices even with the netbook turned off.

1.66GHz Atom N280
1GB of DDR2 memory, expandable to 2GB
10.1-inch LED-backlit display with 1024 x 600 resolution
1.3 megapixel camera

WLAN -- 802.11b/g wireless
LAN -- 10/100 Ethernet port
PAN -- Bluetooth (only on NB205-N310)

Other I/O:
3 x USB 2.0
1 x VGA
Headphone output
Microphone input
SD slot
5800mAh battery - 9 hours of operation
41 to 95 deg. F (5 to 35 deg. C)
10.35 x 7.57 x 1.3 inches
2.9 pounds (1.33kg)

Toshiba say both these netbooks - the NB205-310 and NB205-210 - will be available next week. Price will be $400 and $350, respectively. Quite a bit cheaper than the Asus netbook methinks.

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Monday, June 15

Which is Best Netbook Computer?

Netbooks - Which is the Best Netbook?

Asus has the best netbooks

Netbook Asus EeePC 1000HE

Are you looking for the best Netbook? Then good luck ! There are dozens, if not hundreds to choose from. At the Asus site alone they have around 30 netbooks to choose from. So I will make your life easier. According to PC Mag and PC World the best netbook is the Asus EeePC 1000HE.

Why is it the best? Because it features the first Intel Atom N280 processor a six-cell battery, and a new keyboard, but above all because it is not expensive !

The Asus EeePC 1000HE looks like most other glossy netbooks. It comes in blue or black, like the MSI Wind, Acer Aspire One (10-inch), and Samsung NC10-14GB.

It is heavier than the Aspire One, the MSI Wind, and the NC10-14GB by about 5 ounces.

It also has extended battery life - a vast improvement on the EeePC 1000H.

The mouse buttons have been placed below the touchpad instead of either side of it unlike the HP Mini 2140 and are a lot larger than those of the MSI WInd and the Aspire One.

Netbook Asus EeePC 1000HEThe "gesture-based touchpad" is a first for a netbook. You can scroll up and down using two fingers and right-click with 3 fingers.

The screen is a a 10-inch LED with a resolution of 1,024 x 600. The keyboard has completely redesigned from the 1000H's, it is around 92% of full size, the same as those on the HP2140 and the NC10-14GB.

It has 3 USB ports, VGA-0ut, a webcam, an Ethernet port, a 4-in-1 card reader, and 802.11n Wi-Fi—standard netbook features. The only real advance compared to other netbooks is built-in Bluetooth.

It is the first netbook with the 1.66-GHz Intel Atom N280 processor.

ASUS has included an overclocking feature, the same as the EeePC 1002HA you can choose between Super Performance, Auto, High Performance, and Power Saving mode via an application key above the keyboard.

The real advantage of the N280 processor is it takes up less space on the motherboard and thus allows the netbook to be slimmer. The 63-Wh battery rating of the 1000HE is higher than the 58-Wh of the Samsung NC10-14GB and the 48-Wh rating of the Dell Mini 12.

Along with all this the Asus EeePC 1000 HE netbook is sold at a reasonable price - around $389.