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Offline dreamcast270mhz

Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« on: April 30, 2010, 01:58:43 AM »
From the Article:
"Pricier, more powerful notebook computers are sucking some of the steam from netbooks, the low-priced darlings that helped fuel sales for the PC industry in the past two years.

Many consumers—searching for more computing power than the compact, portable netbooks can deliver—are opting to pay more for laptops with bigger displays and circuitry suited for jobs like manipulating photos and video, which is beyond the capability of most netbooks."

My views:

I see my 12" iBook G4 1.33 ghz as my netbook, containing a DVD drive (Which many netbooks lack) OS X (the best new OS for general use) 40Gb (More than most SSDs) is a better buy than what I see as a castrated laptop, an underpowered CPU and low RAM, no optical drive. I can buy an iBook refurbished w/ Tiger or Leopard for $200 , like my own or a new netbook, I'll choose the iBook, even if its an ARM because of the proven reliability of the one I have. Thats my opinion, and i find it pretty sound
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Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010, 04:19:26 AM »
Are we going to see a lot of irrelevant news on this site?
 

Offline Lando

Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010, 05:05:10 AM »
Quote from: dreamcast270mhz;555909
From the Article:
"Pricier, more powerful notebook computers are sucking some of the steam from netbooks, the low-priced darlings that helped fuel sales for the PC industry in the past two years.

Many consumers—searching for more computing power than the compact, portable netbooks can deliver—are opting to pay more for laptops with bigger displays and circuitry suited for jobs like manipulating photos and video, which is beyond the capability of most netbooks."

My views:

I see my 12" iBook G4 1.33 ghz as my netbook, containing a DVD drive (Which many netbooks lack) OS X (the best new OS for general use) 40Gb (More than most SSDs) is a better buy than what I see as a castrated laptop, an underpowered CPU and low RAM, no optical drive. I can buy an iBook refurbished w/ Tiger or Leopard for $200 , like my own or a new netbook, I'll choose the iBook, even if its an ARM because of the proven reliability of the one I have. Thats my opinion, and i find it pretty sound



I agree.  I have owned two netbooks - an Acer One and a Samsung NC10 - and ended up selling them both and used a 12 inch PowerBook as my 'Netbook' - cost about the same or slightly less than the netbooks but many times more versatile and capable, higher resale value, and running OSX.  I wouldn't buy another netbook.
 

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Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010, 05:28:02 AM »
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Are we going to see a lot of irrelevant news on this site?

No, but hopefully we will not see a lot of irrelevant comments such as yours on this site. :)

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Offline koshman

Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 05:32:46 AM »
Actually the G4 1.33GHz isn't significantly faster than Atom (if at all) and I personally see the lack of an optical drive as an advantage (lower weight etc.). I wouldn't use it anyway when I have a Wifi home network and broadband. And the weight? That's not even comparable...
OTOH I agree with the fact that xBooks are better constructed and probably more reliable than a typical netbook and the bigger 4:3 higher res screen (if only marginally) is a plus.
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Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 05:39:12 AM »
When I need to type up a quick document, and I don't want to fart around with a machine with an optical drive (or indeed worry about said machine's relatively frail mechanical HD), netbooks more than serve the purpose.  Typing is a tactile experience and the ipad keyboard just falls flat.

I'll keep my netbook, thanks.
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Offline CaptChaos

Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010, 05:52:19 AM »
This site really should just get around to changing its name to mac.org.

The amount of macsturbation threads really need to stop.
 

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Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2010, 05:53:15 AM »
:) +1
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Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010, 06:24:52 AM »
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This site really should just get around to changing its name to mac.org.

The amount of macsturbation threads really need to stop.


Really? Cite sources please.
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Offline mikrucio

Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2010, 07:09:21 AM »
why would ANYONE get a netbook when there are iphones!
 

Offline ElPolloDiabl

Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2010, 07:39:45 AM »
I'm waiting for AMD to enter the market more. You get a budget cpu, but decent graphics. On a laptop I'm not really after a top of the line cpu, but I want good graphics.
Wait till AMD enter the netbook market and you'll be able to get yourself a nice mini rig.
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Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2010, 11:38:17 AM »
Quote from: koshman;555927
Actually the G4 1.33GHz isn't significantly faster than Atom (if at all) and I personally see the lack of an optical drive as an advantage (lower weight etc.). I wouldn't use it anyway when I have a Wifi home network and broadband. And the weight? That's not even comparable...
OTOH I agree with the fact that xBooks are better constructed and probably more reliable than a typical netbook and the bigger 4:3 higher res screen (if only marginally) is a plus.


My mother's Aspire One is much weaker than my iBook, and I watch a lot of DVDs on the go, I don't have the time to handbrake them all onto a netbook with a squashed screen and cruddy sound. I just don't have a use for them, my iBook serves its purpose well

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I have a right called "freedom of press" if A.org doesn't have a problem with me posting it then it isn't irrelevant. And "Macsturbation" is both a vulgar and gross comment and I don't want your spam on this thread.
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Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2010, 11:55:41 AM »
With the price of netbooks not dropping like the prices of laptops, it only makes sense there'd be more competition, for a couple hundred dollars more than the price of a netbook you can get a full-featured system.  Sony, who had generally been in the higher price range, have a few higher performance models under $1000 now.

Netbooks are still in the "buy it and throw it around" price range as far as computers go, I use mine as sort of a Swiss army computer, carry it around without a bag, triple booting OSes, and if it happens to get smashed I'll just grab one of the spares.
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Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2010, 12:12:13 PM »
@ dreamcast270mhz:
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My mother's Aspire One is much weaker than my iBook, and I watch a lot of DVDs on the go, I don't have the time to handbrake them all onto a netbook with a squashed screen and cruddy sound. I just don't have a use for them, my iBook serves its purpose well


The CPU should be comparable, but I agree that OS requirements might be a problem - Vista etc. If you watch DVDs then I understand for you iBook is probably the better machine, BUT squashed screen? iBook is 4:3 and netbooks 16:9 and it's 12" vs 10.1", which means that you have practically the same viewing area for widescreen films (netbooks might even win here) and cruddy sound? I seriously doubt your iBook's speakers are hi-fi quality (I know they weren't on my G3 IceBook) so headphones are a must in both cases if you want decent sound.
Still, I get it that for you iBook is fine, but there are others who value portability above all else (e.g. me) and iBooks certainly cannot compete with netbooks in weight and size.
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Re: Netbooks Are Losing Steam?
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2010, 12:52:58 PM »
I for one am getting fed up with people saying , this shouldn't be on here, that shouldn't be posted.
 
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