Posted 24 December 2009 - 01:15 PM
Here's some reviews of ION based netbooks.
BTW, with respect to the Aero shell and intel graphics, I believe this all works reasonably well. (It didn't used to - about half the reason people thought Vista sucked could be laid at Intel's feet, a couple of years ago, their stuff really didn't cut it with the Aero shell.) The problem with intel graphics:
1. No HD video playback. The chip is too underpowered.
2. The shell is about all you can reasonably run on those things.
3. Their drivers (especially their openGL driver) are terrible. You will use openGL if you run almost any astronomy app that uses 3D.
Sorry to pump nvidia products so hard. However I feel the Intel graphics pretty well guarantee that your system will be a lackluster performer. There is a reason the federal government is looking into Intel's business practices with regards to their graphics chips.
Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:51 PM
That's a nicely spec'd laptop. I have to laugh at ASUS calling it a netbook as many of the specifications run contrary to what Intel and Microsoft specify for a netbook.
So like a traditional notebook/laptop this one has ...
dual core cpu - check
larger screen with good vertical resolution - check
full size keyboard - check
usable ram right out of the box - check
upgradable ram to a good level for future work - check
full Win7 package (not the starter edition) - check
full compliment of I/O - check
reasonable battery life - check
Ok so no CD/DVD player ... but there's the light weight, and all for around $500. So when does a netbook start to be a traditional notebook?
Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:13 PM
Posted 30 December 2009 - 01:53 PM
Came across this one in my searching, and wanted to see what sort of opinions it generates: Toshiba Satellite A505-S6986 16" Widescreen Notebook
Battery life - which isn't listed unless you dig for it - is 2.25 hours, which seems a bit short to me. It otherwise appears to have what I'm looking for.
An after Christmas sale prompted me to go with this one in the end. So far, I am quite pleased with the decision.