Originally Posted by Biscuits_N_Gravy
I figure if a netbook is going to be really slow, it should have near 10hrs of battery life to be worth it.
Most netbooks will be slower than most newer laptops on the market and battery life for laptops and netbooks will increase as dies get smaller and draw less power and displays becoming more efficient. My 15.6" laptop actually has 4 hours of battery life which is enough for my school purposes but the weight and size is what's killing me so I got a netbook, got it for 180 from another student, it's only 5 hours but it's enough for me.
Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel
Ultra-portables based on the AMD E-350 are very popular. You can get the HP DM1z for $420. If you want something lower end, a netbook, you can also get the Acer Aspire One AO522 for $330. At that price point, there's just no reason to get Atom at all. The AMD C-50 is MUCH faster than single-core Atom and the GPU will leave the Intel GMA in the dust.
I checked the Acer Aspire One AO522, cheapest I found it for was $320 after tax and shipping on ebay, which is great but I'd still rather stick with my $180 netbook. If I were to spend more, it would be for the keyboard size which basically translates to screen size.
I have also rebooted my netbook and opened word (on battery power), as you said it took 10 seconds to fully load up and it did not occur to me to think about loading time from ram.
I also took the liberty of restarting my 15.6" acer laptop and loading up microsoft word, it took about 8 seconds to fully load, so I'm guessing it must be microsoft word just taking a long time to load up.
Mind you it's an i3-350m, GT330M, 4GB kingston DDR3, 320GB WD Scorpio Blue with a recently re-installed win7 home premium, I would test my desktop but it's not with me at the moment.
PS: posting on my netbook because restarted laptop Edited by OrangeBunnies - 5/17/11 at 9:53pm