Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tech: The Great Netbook Hunt

All the netbook hoopla started off with the Asus Eee, a tiny $300 laptop with a 7" screen and just enough power to run basic productivity applications. Since then, Asus has priced itself out of its own market with a bewildering array of options (including the Eee 1000, a 3 pound beast of a netbook that retails for nearly $600). It seems like every computer manufacturer on the planet is trying to fill the void, as this Cnet story indicates:

I got interested in netbooks after I started to realize that lugging around a 7 pound laptop from class to class gets old, fast. I first tried locating an Acer Aspire One, a well-reviewed netbook that once sold for the bargain price of $350. Unfortunately, at that price point, the One has the singular disadvantage of being impossible to find. Best Buy had some in stock a few weeks ago, but they've quickly sold out, and the market has fixed the real world price of the One at about $400.

Enter the Dell Inspiron Mini 9. It's undoubtedly the most configurable of the netbooks (you can add in more RAM, a bigger SSD, Bluetooth, and even a higher-quality integrated webcam), but the big draw for me is the miniscule form factor combined with acceptable battery life. I ordered one recently, and hopefully, it'll make taking notes in class less of a chore (as well as increase the number of Shangrila Towers posts I can make a day):


At 4:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry to clutter up the blog, Gerard, but if you'll indulge my madness for a moment's message--

i love you, i love you, i love you, i don't know if you check this but in case you do, i love you plainly and without allegory and more than poetry and more than air i can't think of what the most straight froward way to say this is other than trying to think of some uncomplicated place and go there to say: I love you without complications. It is all so simple now: there is no rest while not at your side, there is no joy, there is no nourishment. I am going through the actions of sleep and food because I need to not be in a thousand soggy pieces when I see you, but that is all, and I'm not doing a very good job; I prefer feeding you.
Thank you.


Uh...but the post!
The post here is actually a pretty useful post! Had I room in my tiny body to desire anything besides my love and maybe a puppy to go with, I'd be like, DAMN, I WANT A NETBOOK. I appreciate you blogging on a sexy topic. Yes. Thank you.


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