Originally Posted by harishgayatri
If I had the need I would have gladly made a Purchase. But I already own one. As far as I can say Net books were the best things that happened to the PC Industry. They sold like hot cakes, were cheap, did basic tasks, upgrading them was a breeze, Has amazing Battery life etc..
Today even the Ultrabooks don't have that amazing feeling to them as we already have Macbook Air in their place for a long time. If you ask me Net books still retain their market share but don't have that oomph factor in them due to lack of HD playback, CPU not up to the task etc....
But we all forget what they were made for when comparing them with other laptops & Tablets. A Tablet does not have a Physical keyboard which makes typing uncomfortable for prolonged typing Plus it is more expensive than a Netbook. A laptop is bulky, big & generates more heat & has less battery life than a Netbook.
I recently added a Broadcom Crystal HD Decoder card. Now I am planning to swap my HDD with an SSD & also swap my crappy Atheros WiFi card with an Intel one.
Current specs of my Net book.
Intel Atom N450 1.6Ghz
2GB DDR2 RAM
250 GB HDD
Broadcom Crystal HD Decoder BCM70012 card.
I'm with you on the netbook being pretty good but I'm honestly disappointed with the reception in the US at least...pretty much everyone hates them that I've ever encountered or thinks they're just too slow. All them are however using windows so that may be problem one. My big thing is that I'd rather have something around the old Core2Duo mobile line in performance with the same TDP as my N450. HD playback would be a plus (so long as it isn't through PowerVR licensed designs). I'd love to get a N2600 or N2800 model but because of the PowerVR GPU design Linux support is pretty much dead in the water (I don't even expect Intel to have anything useful show up in Tizen either).
Currently, I'm fine with my netbook and holding out until someone from the ARM camp realizes how much they could gain from getting the Linux community behind them and hoping that Intel and AMD will continue to refine their CPUs. Maybe one day AMD won't have crappy drivers and I can use their APUs without headaches or fear.
Finally, about the "ultrabooks"....what morons designed these things in terms of keyboards and touchpads? I tried out the Asus, Acer, Samsung, and Toshiba models and was left wondering if they feel under the definition of torture to type on. Honestly, they'd be great if they just had better keyboards and touchpads.