Kikay Corner is contemplating on getting a netbook. Her current Core Duo cannot seem to keep up with the demands of an internet junkie. The current monster of a laptop that she has had since 2007 is barely turned off. If at all, the trusty internet partner is turned off – once a month and that’s it. Otherwise it is always in its sleep mode.
From our research, Intel Atom is our best shot if we want a diligent machine for a hardware. So that leaves me with Lenovo S10, MSI Wind, HP Mini, Eee PC and Asus N10.
Asus N10 does look promising with this specifications to boot:
*Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz Processor
*512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz Front Bus speed
*2 GB DDR2 RAM
*160 GB or 320 GB SATA Hard Drive for E or J
*10.2″ diagonal WSVGA (1024 x 600) Widescreen Display
*Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS with 256MB Dedicated Graphics Memory switchable (for J only) to Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (Intel GMA for E only)
*6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
*Licensed Windows Vista
*SmartLogon facial recognition
*Weight 3.5 lb
I love that it has 256MB dedicated graphics memory that is switchable to Intel GMA, if Kikay Corner would want to save battery. But that feature is only available for the J model. Asus N10 comes in 2 models. The other one is the E model. I also have an option to use a 6 cell battery. This is also available in MSI Wind. This will give me longer battery life. Up to 12 solid hours. That SmartLogon facial recognition should also be a plus.
But I also adore the eye candy HP110.
Mini 110 Technical Specs:
*Intel Atom Processor N270
*Genuine Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3 or Mobile Internet (Mi) OS
*10.1” Diagonal SD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 576)
*Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
*1024MB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)
*160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
*3-Cell or 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
*1-Year Free Hardware Technical Support
It is expected to be sold at around $279. Really cheap, no?! Which really makes me think that I am seriously downgrading from my relatively powerful Megabook. It’s even cheaper my smartphone! I tried checking with Circuit City for more options. But I only have a standout three. The Asus Eee PC 1008HA does not have a 6 cell option. The only three that has this option are MSI Wind, Asus N10 and HP Mini110. I still have to check the current price for Asus N10. But so far MSI Wind and HP Mini are just about in the same price range. So I am leaning pretty much towards this pretty HP Mini110 in pink chic. I just hope it will be soon be available locally. Although the specs are not really the most spectacular, I think I can live with this lovely HP Mini110 with a 1 terabyte hard drive on the side.