kai920 wrote:I used to watch movies on my PDA’s 2.8″ screen (ha!) and moved up to a PSP’s 4.3″ screen and that was a big jump. Now I can watch on a 10″ screen, more than double the PSP’s size. For me, it’s quite enjoyable to watch on a screen of this size.
Heh, I guess you are a pretty easy to please type of person. I have tried watching movies on the 2.8″ PDA; it was fun at the time but that was merely for satisfying my curiosity. I wouldn’t say it was enjoyable. Anything less than a big screen TV is not enjoyable….unless watching 3G news. 🙂
kai920 wrote:The real problem IMO is the processor speed of the Atom 1.6GHz… anything remotely HD will bring this CPU to its knees.
I have not tried the Atom but based on your “HD” comment, I would say it must be slower than the 900Mhz Celeron that came with the Asus EeePC 701. I tried the 701 couple of years ago and playing a true 720p (1280×720) with AC3 5.1 across a 100Mbps network. It was slow on the first 5 seconds, probably due to the media player’s buffering. But it was very smooth for the rest of the video. Quite enjoyable to say the least.
Correction: It was quite enjoyable because I watched the video output to a Plasma TV 🙂
kai920 wrote:What would be considered light?
I meant to say for that size, 1.3Kg is not considered light. My 8-year-old Acer Travelmate notebook PC with a 12″ LCD was 1.4kg. To go further, both Sony and Panasonic both offer 12″ notebook PCs that weights at 1.2Kg and 990g respectively and Core2Duo processors. But then, yes, their prices are nowhere near $4k – maybe 3-4 times more expensive.
I keep telling my wife if I want to buy a car, I will only buy a Lamborghini. Nothing less. Likewise here, I want the best money can buy….or I don’t buy at all. 😛
kai920 wrote:That’s mainly due to the high price of the SSD isn’t it? The low GB-to-$ ratio put me off so I just got a regular 2.5″ 160GB hard drive option with mine.
If you base the price only on the main components – CPU, HDD – then you have probably fallen into the manufacturer’s trap. Sony for one loves doing that, releasing a new notebook PC that has Intel’s latest and greatest CPU but if you look at the supporting components you will notice that they are integrating old chipsets from several generations back. The way I look at it, manufacturers are cleaning up their supplies. If you want the current latest technologies, you have to wait (until the old supplies are gone) and of course pay a premium.
BTW, ever notice many netbooks do not support SDHC? Does yours support them?
If I want to use anything happily, I make sure I buy the best I can afford. I am sure you can afford more than $4k, right?