Re: [NTO] laptop advice please
- Greg Chapman <gregchapmanuk@...> on Sun, 22 Aug 2010 19:14:33
>You appear to be confusing Netbook and Notebook. As I understand it, aTo *my* knowledge (but I'm ready to stand corrected) power
>netbook, by definition, will not have an internal optical drive, and
>while the term was invented for machines with small screens and solid
>state drives, rather than magnetic disc drives, many do now have
>conventional disc drives within.
>However, I agree that "power" is not normally the issue, rather that
>small screens and relatively low drive space, do make them impractical
>for extensive graphics, video and audio work, and are best for email,
>web browsing, and simple word processing, spreadsheet and similar
*consumption* is a design feature, resulting in them being equipped
with CPUs from Intel's Atom line rather than Pentium etc.
The power adapter of my Asus HA1001 is much smaller (in size and
rating) than those of my Vaio notebooks.
However, it can power external drives (optical or magnetic).
As a result of that lower power *consumption* (at the same state of
the art) an Atom and associated chips offer less *processing* power.
And as I said before, my netbook appears to perform above my (low)
expectations even on sound generation.
And it was cheap (EUR 240 last February). Even its successors may be
cheaper than dedicated eBook readers.
- Greg Chapman wrote:
> You appear to be confusing Netbook and Notebook.Not confusing, comparing. And apart from the missing optical drive the
netbook comes out trupms when compared to a not quite so new notebook,
and that includes the twice as big hard drive.
> do make them impractical for extensive graphics,And how many people actually do any of those on any kind of machine
> video and audio work,
except when gaming?
> simple word processing, spreadsheet and similar applications.Quite, though TeX and big databases can be far from simple and in my
case there is some radiocarbon dating, presentation, geographical
information system, not to forget scanning, OCR and PDF-making.
It was in the early seventies, when you could compare serious work
computers and limited low power hobby home computers, today serious work
is at the lower end of power requirements and gaming at the top.
Around 1979 I wrote down the specs of the big central computer in the
Cologne university computing centre. I can't find it right now, but I
believe it was surpassed by about the 486 generation of PCs.
As to data, yes I have 15 GB of music, 150 GB of radio plays, and 15 GB
of family media, but my biggest serious database, the whole earth
elevation from satellite data, is about 20 GB. So you need to have a
strange frame of reference to call a hard disk limit of 160 GB small.
Of course marketing will tell you otherwise ...
- Chris Laarman wrote:
> As a result of that lower power *consumption* (at the same state ofAbsolutely, but even that power is way above anything you're ever going
> the art) an Atom and associated chips offer less *processing* power.
to need in real usage.
- I have all three types, Desktop, laptop, netbook.
All are intensely used, the main issue being the lack of a disc drive in
the netbook, recently remedied with an external DVD-RW.
I use it for Photography, Genealogy and Website writing.