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Old 02-03-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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Do you own a netbook? Even though you may love it overall, from your experience so far, what do you dislike the most about it? What feature do you think needs to be most improved or added? Newer and future models have much bigger SSD and hard drives, more memory, faster performance, and better keyboards.

What is the most important missing features for a "net" book? For me: screen resolution.

IMO, 1024x600 is just not good enough for internet browsing. It is bad enough that many web sites have jumped to 1280 pixel width, but a netbook's 600 pixel (welcome to the 1990's) height is, for me, just annoying.

It may not be necessary to go all the way to standard 1280x1024 resolution, considering the small chassis dimensions of most netbooks, but, what is wrong with at least a 1152x768 pixel screen? 1152x768 is the same screen dimension used by some earlier Apple Powerbooks.



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Old 02-03-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Beaverland, OR
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I don't own a netbook, but I design motherboards for a living, and we've been tearing apart lots of netbooks at work recently to um, check out the competition.

I would like to see Bluetooth, and maybe even a Wi-Max receiver as a standard feature. And yes, screen resolution is a bit lacking. The recently-introduced Dell Mini 10 netbook has a screen that can display 1280x720p HD video natively.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook Launched
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Keyboard is too small to use effectively.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:45 PM
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But the purpose of a netbook is to be more portable than a laptop. Of course someone could come out with a very widescreen version.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:53 PM
 
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But the purpose of a netbook is to be more portable than a laptop. Of course someone could come out with a very widescreen version.
Increasing screen resolution from 1024x600 to 1152x768 does not affect portability.

Newer netbook keyboards make much better use of space and now some of them are not much different in "feel" from normal notebooks.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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But the purpose of a netbook is to be more portable than a laptop. Of course someone could come out with a very widescreen version.
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Increasing screen resolution from 1024x600 to 1152x768 does not affect portability.

Newer netbook keyboards make much better use of space and now some of them are not much different in "feel" from normal notebooks.
Netbooks were designed for teenagers who want to check their Facebook, not the power-user on the go. That is why they are called Netbooks, as in interNET. And that is why they do not have all of the bells and whistles that their more powerful 'full' sized laptops and notebooks have. But, you can rest easy, in the not to distant future netbooks are going to go the same route that notebooks did and become a fully functioning power-computer.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:26 AM
 
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I have an Asus EeePC 900A that I purchased at Best Buy for about $200.00. Overall, I'm pleased with it, but I've made a few upgrades to it already. For the price, there are things I knew it would not do for me, but that's not why I bought it. The primary reason I did buy it was to check email and to use the internet while I travel. I also wanted to be able to play a few simple games with it, but nothing too complicated (solitare, sudoku, reversi, mah-jong, etc.). It worked well for those functions, but didn't have enough memory to even run the automatic updates that it downloaded. I replaced the stock SSD (Solid State Drive) with a larger one, and upped the memory to 2 Gigabytes. I can now do the things I wanted to with it, and I can even take and view other documents while on the road. If I take pictures with my digital camera, I can upload them to the computer and email them from the hotel, if I so desire.

I guess all this was stated to show that my biggest disadvantage was the amount of memory available on the model I purchased. The keyboard is also a bit small, but it will readily accept a full size USB keyboard. I also prefer a mouse to the trackpad, but that's the case with any laptop or netbook. All the things that I stated are those things that make it inexpensive and ultra-portable, though, so they go with the territory.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:43 AM
 
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Increasing screen resolution from 1024x600 to 1152x768 does not affect portability.
I have a 4 year old Sony notebook with an internal DVD-RW that's the size of a netbook but it has a 1280x768 screen. So the higher resolutions are possible in the small form factor but I'm sure it would drive the cost up quite a bit. My Sony was over $2000 so there was plenty of room to cover the cost of the screen that a $350 netbook can't.
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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I have a 4 year old Sony notebook with an internal DVD-RW that's the size of a netbook but it has a 1280x768 screen. So the higher resolutions are possible in the small form factor but I'm sure it would drive the cost up quite a bit. My Sony was over $2000 so there was plenty of room to cover the cost of the screen that a $350 netbook can't.
It can't be the cost. The HP 2133 netbook has a 1280x768 screen, 1MB of memory and 120GB hard drive and sells for $349. Unfortunately, it uses an underpowered VIA-C7M CPU instead of the normal Intel Atom CPU.

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Netbooks were designed for teenagers who want to check their Facebook ...
Nonsense. That is a small part of the netbook market. IDC projects 22 million netbooks will be sold in 2009.

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Old 02-09-2009, 06:58 PM
 
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It can't be the cost. The HP 2133 netbook has a 1280x768 screen, 1MB of memory and 120GB hard drive and sells for $349. Unfortunately, it uses an underpowered VIA-C7M CPU instead of the normal Intel Atom CPU.
There's the cost savings.
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