Netbook

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by SuAside, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    Since I've already fouled up another topic with posts about this, I thought I might as well get it a seperate post here on its own.

    I'm currently looking for a netbook. I'm kinda sick of lugging around my fullsized laptop on the motorcycle (and/or train). I'm getting a new one at work soon (to get rid of that Dell D630), but that'll be full-sized & with higher performance. What I want now, is a netbook to complement it.

    The toughest piece of software it'll be required to run is MS SQL Management Studio 2008. I know the display won't really make it easy to use and that it'll run slow, but as a sysadmin I'll probably need to be able to run a few queries when I'm in a pinch (from whatever location I may be at that point in time). Other sysadmin stuff for when I'm cornered will be remote desktop and Putty/SSH/WinSCP, though those are obviously less stressing than the Management Studio.
    I expect to be typing out quite a few of reports (which I never get time to do at work), so a rather user friendly keyboard would be nice.

    As an odd quirk perhaps in the netbook market, I'd personally prefer a normal HDD over solid state drives. Why? Well, various reasons, some of which probably not entirely correct (since I'm not totally up to date on the solid state technologies). But I still prefer a quick large HDD over a SSD.

    Wishful thinking on my part would be that the netbook has the ability to transform into a tablet with a touchscreen. It would certainly be an asset for reading documentation, reports and even e-books on the move (in the train, while waiting somewhere, etc).

    As there is always some time to kill somewhere, I'm also hoping to run some really old games on it, like Fallout 1 & 2. Systemrequirements wise, this shouldn't be a problem, but it would be totally awesome if I could play that with the touchscreen.

    The pricerange I'm looking at is around 500 euros, so that really means most netbooks can be taken into consideration (I'd be willing to pay more for a touchscreen tablet netbook however).

    So, in short:

    Hardware:
    - min 1Gb RAM, pref even 2 Gb RAM
    - Intel Atom 1,6+Ghz CPU or alike
    - wireless adapter
    - ethernet port
    - pref a larger normal HDD (80+ Gb) than a small solid state one

    Screen:
    - bigger than 9"
    - smaller than 13.3"
    - pref around 10-11"
    - resolution no smaller than 1024x600 (give or take a bit)

    Weight:
    - ideally 1kg & lower
    - 1.5kg max

    Battery life:
    - min 3+ hours of decent activity (mix of remote desktop, word processing, browsing, old games)

    OS:
    - Windblowz XP (NO VISTA! or Linux)

    Wishful thinking:
    - touch screen
    - ability to lay flat (real 'tablet')

    Things I don't especially need:
    - webcam
    - flashy attentionwhore looks
    - bluetooth


    Potential candidate:
    The most obvious candidate would be the Gigabyte M912M (not M912/M912X), but as mentioned above, it suffers from some annoying flaws, such as a rather badly designed keyboard (though that's mostly because it's cramped), rather active fan (causing more noise than average, but that's to make up for the sucky cooling on the M912X) & sucky battery (though there's a new battery out, which should perform better, but it might weigh more? I'm not sure. 3 hours seems like absolute maximum now with the standard battery). The screen is also 8.9", which might be just a tiny tad too small (though I suppose it's a matter of being used to it). It's also 1.3-1.5Kg, which is a tad heavy for a netbook.
    the highlights you can see at:
    http://www.umpcportal.com/2008/10/m9129m-presentation-video-and-purchase-decision

    What do you think? If you know of any other tablet/touchscreen netbook coming out soon, be sure to let me know!