Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Netbooks... Hit or miss?

A hit
1
11%
A miss
3
33%
A replacement of laptop/notebooks
1
11%
Only useful in addition to a laptop
0
No votes
Not quite at the moment, but improvements will make it a contender
4
44%
 
Total votes : 9

Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby Nightwatch on 04 Aug 2009 14:54

They were one or two at the beginning and many reputable companies shunned them. But now almost every company has offered at least one -or several, in many cases- example to the market. they are tiny, about 10-inch, lack many features but the supporters insist that Netbooks are very useful in daily life.

Are they really that useful, or is this yet another gimmick that will fade away into the long catalog of "once-looked-very-promising" creations?

As a starter, they use -mostly- Intel Atom CPU or Via chip. And this is the list of Intel Atom Processor Family:

http://ark.intel.com/ProductCollection. ... lyID=29035

And,
COMPARISON OF MOBILE PROCESSORS (CPU BENCHMARKS)

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Pro ... 436.0.html

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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby VINTAR on 04 Aug 2009 15:15

I voted the last one. I see potential in the future with everything getting smaller. Even the ion chip out now is making huge advances in graphics. Who knows, maybe one day you could play the likes of stalker on your net book. At the moment, i would just get a blackberry or something. Nothing you cant do on that that you can on a netbook and you can make calls. Or buy a cheap wap enabled mobile with pull out keyboard if you want to chat to your mates. That all a netbook is good for anyway.
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby ket on 04 Aug 2009 18:27

I vote miss. Sure, their smaller and lighter than a laptop, but they can't do anything a laptop can't. Laptops ftw.
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby VINTAR on 05 Aug 2009 06:04

Thats why i said for the future. :-)
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby rockingmtranch on 05 Aug 2009 15:42

I bought my Sylvania g Netbook in 2007. It has a VIA C7-M processor. Slow but for e-mail and light web browsing it is ok. That's pretty much it though.
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby VINTAR on 05 Aug 2009 18:46

Apologies if this is a bit off topic but, have you guys seen the new booktop pc? Its a laptop that has a docking station and can be used as a normal pc too :-) check out the gigabyte M1022. If this is old news, sorry but i do live in africa :-)
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Postby rockingmtranch on 05 Aug 2009 18:58

Haven't seen it. Link?
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby VINTAR on 06 Aug 2009 06:18

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Postby rockingmtranch on 06 Aug 2009 18:54

Damn! With all the "extra" features that thing has, the learning curve might do me in B-(
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby ket on 06 Aug 2009 19:14

You talk like its going to bully you :p
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby rockingmtranch on 07 Aug 2009 03:25

It just might with the, "two fingers for this" and "three fingers for that".........crap /:)
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby ket on 07 Aug 2009 13:29

lol :D I never would of thought technology could be intimidating :p
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby rockingmtranch on 07 Aug 2009 16:57

The only computer around when I was in school was Old Blue :p My calculator was the size of a soft cover book and it was state of the art (without square root or any cool functions). So I think I'm doing pretty damn good considering.... you young whippersnapper! :))
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby ket on 07 Aug 2009 20:27

I'm not young I'm 25 on wendesday :-o
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby rockingmtranch on 08 Aug 2009 06:31

So, until Wednesday, I'm 25 years older than you. You're YOUNG! Heh-heh-heh.
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby Nightwatch on 08 Aug 2009 23:23

I see "Hit" option got no votes so far, it seems nobody sees it a viable machine yet; while "miss" and "A replacement of laptop/notebooks" options got 20% votes. However, "Not quite at the moment, but improvements will make it a contender" answer has got the most votes by 60%. C'mon guys, not everybody voted yet, even those who posted; we need more votes. :mozilla_smile:
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby ket on 10 Aug 2009 19:02

Netbooks will never be that useful. Their ultra portable yes, but they don't even have a built in optical drive so people can't even watch a dvd. fail.
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby Grump642 on 17 Sep 2009 18:41

I vote Hit! I am looking at them now. Small, light, and long battery life. Perfect for people like me. Cost is about the same as a I-Phone, but it does much more and is faster too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152137 This is the one I am looking at. Or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220554 They have big limits, but within those limits, they are very nice.
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Re: Netbooks... Are they really useful or just gimmicks?

Postby audioave10 on 18 Sep 2009 00:44

I must be too Retro. I would have no use for one of these, but then I
don't even have a use for a cell phone (I've never had one). When I'm
at home, I have my two big gaming PC's. When I'm mobile, I have no
devices whatsoever. I guess if I went 4-wheeling out in the boonies, I
would need a cell phone for emergencies. I don't even do that anymore.
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