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Netbook Discussions - EEE WIND ACER ONE MININOTE DELL et al

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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Lots of hijacking of threads recently (yes guilty too) but with the huge raft of mini laptops / netbooks coming onto the market thought it would be useful to start a thread to discuss!
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
MSI Wind available to pre-order from Expansys a little pricey and now no stock until end July

[url]www.msiwind.net[/url] has some useful posts

Official website: http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=prodpage2&maincat_no=135&cat2_no=582

specs appear to be a little hazy, however XP version has 1GB RAM and Bluetooth whereas Linux only gets 512MB and no bluetooth
#2
Acer Aspire one overview at the register

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/06/03/acer_launches_one/
#3
Dell Mini Inspiron

http://gizmodo.com/393815/a
#4
http://gizmodo.com/assets/resources/2008/05/allthingsdc0.jpg

The Dell does look nice, have to admit to being a bit of a Dell fan, currently using an XPS M1330. Hope it doesn't come out to expensive, though I suspect it will end up being on a par with the HP Mininote
#5
Elonex Webbook to be available free with broadband from CPW

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/0,39029450,49297200,00.htm
#6
Im now holding out until Dell give us some info on the mini Inspiron. Hopefully they release some specs soon!

God the MSI Wind, Acer and Dell look so much nicer than the Ugly EeePC lol!
#7
There's certainly plenty of choice now

From Engadget:

http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/chinese.engadget.com/media/2008/06/img_1088.jpg

TThese are three-bookshelves-worth of ultra-portable notebooks that we spotted at the Intel Keynote. Although we can't see any details, this picture is quite useful for comparing their sizes.
Here are some familiar faces:

Eee PC 1000: top left corner Gigabyte M912: 2nd left in the middle Acer Aspire One: 2nd right in the middle MSI Wind: 2nd right on the lowest shelf Classmate PC: 2nd left on the lowest shelf

We'll talk about the middle one on the top shelf (from Amtek) later. The 1st one from the right on the middle shelf is also from Gigabyte, but its screen seems smaller than the M912, and it is running WinXP. The 3rd one from the left on the middle shelf is from Haier. The rest looks too plain and we can't identify them. Can you?
#9
http://www.acer.com/aspireone/

Any were you can pre-order the Acer Aspire One?
#10
'scuse my ignorance, but what are these? Are they simply small pretty laptops? or is there something genuinely special about them?
#11
dmccabe
'scuse my ignorance, but what are these? Are they simply small pretty laptops? or is there something genuinely special about them?


to an extent you're right, small lightweight, good battery life fully featured laptops in a small form factor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netbook
#12
nerner
http://www.acer.com/aspireone/

Any were you can pre-order the Acer Aspire One?


Not found anywhere yet..
#13
nerner
Im now holding out until Dell give us some info on the mini Inspiron. Hopefully they release some specs soon!

God the MSI Wind, Acer and Dell look so much nicer than the Ugly EeePC lol!


Now that HP has blown their first release with a glossy screen (how could they be so silly?) I think the dell stands the most chance of dethroning the eee in the near future. The acer has good specs but given their current reputation and the name theft from Elonex (The Elonex ONE mini-notebook was announced before the Aspire One) they may have an uphill battle to get their mini-laptop accepted.

The wind is too expensive for it's specification unless it has another trick up it's sleeve.

Also, why do you find the eee ugly? I'm using one right now and apart from the keyboard/trackpad area (which looks a mess on a lot of laptops) I find it quite nice looking.
#14
I didnt find it ugly untill all the new netbooks were shown off. The styling of Wind, Acer and Dell just look a lot nicer.

Wish Dell would just give up details now!


TongFang Imini S1 Mini-Note first with VIA Nano CPU
#15
dmccabe
'scuse my ignorance, but what are these? Are they simply small pretty laptops? or is there something genuinely special about them?


why are you even looking at this thread if you have no idea what you are looking at?
#16
Asus' President, Jerry Shen, has forecast sales of Small, Cheap Computers™ will top 10m units this year, presumably having been encouraged by Intel bigwig Sean Maloney's promise of "very, very high volumes" of Atom CPUs by September.

What a week for this emerging market segment it's been. On Monday, Shen was reported to have indicated a shortage of Intel's Atom N270 and 230 processor, aimed at small laptops and desktops, respectively.

Thanks to Asus' release of the Celeron M-based Eee PC 900, Shen reckons Asus is less susceptible to any Atom famine than its rivals. Companies, like HP, that are using VIA's C7-M processor should be safe too, but it could leave Dell, Acer, MSI, Gigabyte and others only able to ramp up volumes slowly.

Shen's eye, however, is looking further out, particularly the coming Christmas sales season. If Intel can sort out Atom production by October, everything will be fine, Shen suggested
#17
I pity those manufacturers using the Via chip. Reviews of the HP Minimote (which uses Via) say it is painfully slow.
It seems to me that many of these 'newcomers' to this segment, like a few readers of these threads,
just don't get it . ' It ' being why the Asus EeePc was so successful .
It isn't just about throwing in as many features as you can for the money. It has to be small and very light.
Portability with good features and low price is the key to success in this particular segment.

That's my two pennyworth, anyway. :)
#18
I was tempted to get the HP one but after reading about the VIA C7-M CPU I just decided to wait for some more netbooks to hit the market.
No doubt the EeePC is market leader and will be for a long time but competition brings betters specs and hopefully better prices! :) Now i'm just playing the waiting game! Got the money put away for one of these already!
banned#19
I have a strong suspicion that their launch tactics have backfired since no one wants to buy as they don't want to be the one paying over the odds or buying the lame duck so to speak.
#21
PaulPoole
I pity those manufacturers using the Via chip. Reviews of the HP Minimote (which uses Via) say it is painfully slow.
It seems to me that many of these 'newcomers' to this segment, like a few readers of these threads,
just don't get it . ' It ' being why the Asus EeePc was so successful .
It isn't just about throwing in as many features as you can for the money. It has to be small and very light.
Portability with good features and low price is the key to success in this particular segment.

That's my two pennyworth, anyway. :)


What is the via C7 slow at? I know it's a bit slow for video (a problem no doubt made worse by the high resolution on the HP) but where else does it's slow performance show up?

Now that the via Isiah is out we might see a decent competitor to atom. I'd much rather buy Via if possible myself - they've been pushing low power PCs for years and don't deserve to be crowded out by intel now the market has become popular.

I think the mini-laptops are targeting three audiences. There's the eee 701 end of the market - a laptop that's nicly portable and good value for money. Then there are the people who are looking for a viao TZ/Thinkpad X300 on a budget. i.e. a solid workhorse that's usable for business as well as being portable. Then there's the fashion market - machines that look sleek and shiny to appeal to the iPhone buyers who want the latest must-have thing.
#22


The lack of function keys would be a deal breaker for me as I really heavily on keyboard shortcuts for speed
#23
Looks like the MSI wind has now been delayed until end of July for the UK...

Don't you just love this country, having to pay more and wait longer for everything!

Watching for the Acer now... Hopefully it will come out near the promised price and soon
#24
EndlessWaves

I think the mini-laptops are targeting three audiences. There's the eee 701 end of the market - a laptop that's nicly portable and good value for money. Then there are the people who are looking for a viao TZ/Thinkpad X300 on a budget. i.e. a solid workhorse that's usable for business as well as being portable. Then there's the fashion market - machines that look sleek and shiny to appeal to the iPhone buyers who want the latest must-have thing.


Definately agree with that, hopefully some of the newer contenders will be near the low end of the market, I have a Desktop and a Laptop just need something to supplement when travelling.

HP is too pricey and suspect the Dell will be too (and has no function keys FFS), who knows how much the EEE 901 will be but will guess around £350 which is around the point which they start to lose sense a bit.
#25
Maybe something from Apple on the horizon, sure to be pricey, sure to appeal to the fan boys but if they get the interface right on a tablet device could be a winner (sorry it's Apple, it's bound to be a winner!)

Macrumors.com


As reported by AppleInsider, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu informed clients that he believed there is a 50-50 chance that Apple would introduce new form factor multi-touch devices at WWDC next week.

Our sources indicate 4-inch and 7-inch touchscreen devices beyond prototype stage that are a cross between a Mac and iPod touch.
Of course, Wu says the exact timing may change. This simply adds to existing rumors that Apple is working on a mini-tablet or Newton-like device. Of note, Intel did officially introduce its low-power Atom processor this week. The Atom processor has been rumored to be under consideration by Apple for use in an upcoming mini-tablet device.
#26
Tillboy
Maybe something from Apple on the horizon, sure to be pricey, sure to appeal to the fan boys but if they get the interface right on a tablet device could be a winner (sorry it's Apple, it's bound to be a winner!)


You mean like the apple cinema display and mighty mouse?

Of all the companies that could enter this market there are two I'm particularly looking out for: IBM, and Panasonic. From the inventor of the trackpoint and butterfly keyboard we could see something amazing in this form-factor and panasonic needs no explaining - mini-toughbook anyone?
#27
I would definately buy a mini tough book. Same goes for an IBM/lenovo offering provided they went back to kevlar construction, butterfly keyboard would be a winner too especially given the form factors we're talking about.
#28
Cant see Apple doing a £200-300 mini laptop, portable touch device running OS 10.5+.
I think the Air was their attempt at doing a small laptop.

I'm not holding my breath on Apple delivering! Although I would love it!
#29
Tillboy


Watching for the Acer now... Hopefully it will come out near the promised price and soon


I'm tempted by the Acer Aspire One as well. My iBook G4 is showing its age, so I'm hoping the Aspire One is released soon & for £199 :)
#30
I had an EEE701 which I just sold on ebay (got £300 squid for it too!) as I knew the new machines would be coming out and wanted something with a little more screen size, but now theres so much choice!

Id love to feel the weight difference between the MSI Wind 10" and the MSI Wind 8.9" to see if its worth going for the former...

Also the gigabyte M912 has a swivel top so you can use it as a tablet I believe.

Does anyone know if any of these are set to launch in the next few weeks in the states? As Im tempted to bring some back!!
#31
The wind is apparantly due in the states on the 16th
banned#32
EEE price drops have begun imo though probably not discounted fully until the 901 appears.

Play for example have cut the 900 down to £289.99 before any discount.

I expect prices will fall further once other retailers get around to it.
#33
£290 and in stock sounds tempting!
July is too far away! I cant wait that long :(
#34
play have now got the msi wind available to pre-order at £329.99
banned#35
I'm heading off on holiday in July so I might pick up one of these new netbooks however I'd be more than happy to take my EEE 701 instead.

I won't be paying over £300 that's for sure, I thought the prices were meant to come down not stay up in that region.

Who knows I might be able to pick up an EEE 900 relatively cheap (<£250) in the coming weeks, I'd settle for that.
#36
vixygwim
I won't be paying over £300 that's for sure, I thought the prices were meant to come down not stay up in that region..


They have come down, you can get an eee 701 for £200 now instead of the £250 they were selling for at the start of the year.
banned#37
Surprised there's been little activity in this thread.

More and more retailers are pricing the 901 (Linux) around £300 so it's definitely not worth buying the 900 until the price has dropped quite a bit otherwise it's not really value for money.

I'm hoping for a price crash on the 900, could pick up a bargain.
#38
I canceled my MSI Wind White XP Play.com preorder as was having some cash problem but today I preordered the MSI Wind Black XP which is meant to be released end of this month? Cant wait!
Did anyone get the MSI Wind from Play.com or didnt they have stock and have wrong release date?

Must be some in depth reviews out there?! Ive seen the Mac OSX running on MSI Wind that should be cool i love Mac OSX!

With the MSI Wind Black XP from play.com is bluetooth confirmed? The same version but in Linux for same price doesn't include Bluetooth in the description?
#39
nerner
I canceled my MSI Wind White XP Play.com preorder as was having some cash problem but today I preordered the MSI Wind Black XP which is meant to be released end of this month? Cant wait!
Did anyone get the MSI Wind from Play.com or didnt they have stock and have wrong release date?

Must be some in depth reviews out there?! Ive seen the Mac OSX running on MSI Wind that should be cool i love Mac OSX!

With the MSI Wind Black XP from play.com is bluetooth confirmed? The same version but in Linux for same price doesn't include Bluetooth in the description?


PCWorld has an advent badges version with XP for £280 http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/editorial/advent-netbook/?int=home-1
#40
Tillboy
PCWorld has an advent badges version with XP for £280 http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/editorial/advent-netbook/?int=home-1


None in my area :(

EDIT: Home delivery... Tempted do they have stock and sending them out now? Only problem I wanted it in black lol! I set my heart on the black version and that's what I will be getting!

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