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Love live the Netbook
March 22 2015
A couple of years ago,
I lamented the end of Intel-Atom based netbooks
I had spoken too soon.
==Long live the Netbook!==
Let me introduce you to the ASUS X205TA-HATM0103. This is a Netbook.
- Costs about $200. Check.
- Intel Atom CPU. Check (it’s using an Atom Z3735f, which is one of
the cheapest Atoms out there, but is a good deal faster than the
N450s and N455s which drove the 2009/2010 Netbook craze, and has
VT-x to boot).
- Maximum memory 2gb. Check (that’s the amount of memory it has;
Microsoft has long since stopped requiring Netbook makers to not
put more than 1gb in their cheap computers)
- Small solid-state file system. Check (just like the original netbooks,
before they started putting cheap 160gb hard disks in them).
- Small size. Check (They have stopped making these critters 10 inches —
the keyboard was just too cramped at that size — but it’s a tiny 11
My biggest annoyance with the current crop of netbooks
is that they no longer have a mechanical drive, but instead use a
pathetically small amount of solid state storage. 32 gigs is really
not enough storage; I would not want to install Microsoft Office
on one of these, but would instead put on
(maybe even the older
Softmaker Office 2006
which I still use today — its word processor, TextMaker 2006, uses only
20 megs of disk space).
While Netbooks are no longer driving the computer world, they have come
back and still fill a niche. Now, whether I will actually get one of
these is another question.
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