Posts Tagged ‘Netbook’
In everyone’s mind is the independence we have achieved in recent times with the laptops and netbooks. Mobility was never so assured as now but for how much longer our laptop battery gives us this freedom?
A modern laptop can deplete the battery only a couple of hours after it is switched on if at full capacity but we can follow some tips that will help us to improve the battery life of our notebook:
- The screen is one of the largest consumers of energy in the laptop. To save power, we can adjust the brightness of the monitor, reducing and saving large amounts of energy.
- To optimize the battery life when we are unplugged from a power grid, incorporates Windows settings that allow, for example, a faster off the screen when you are in sleep mode.
- The characteristic feature of the laptop is connecting through Wifi. When we connected our laptop Wifi, it is continuously consumed as if they’re not connected the laptop to a network, the Wifi wireless search tirelessly. We must therefore turn off the wireless adapter manually and when this is not possible we can access the Control Panel and our laptop in the “Network Connections” you can disable the wireless connection to save battery.
- A large predator of battery is the USB port. The webcam, the external mouse and any other input via USB makes the battery to substantially weaken it is recommended not to have USB devices connected to your laptop when not in use.
- The same happens with the discs. While we have made a CD into the laptop, it turns and therefore consumes power. It is recommended to empty this post to save battery.
If these practices are not sufficient to achieve optimal performance of the battery because we need more independence and time freedom with our laptop, we can access additional batteries that despite being expensive can double the duration of the battery of portable and easy to carry and handle.
And how could it be less, HP has also been launched to the market for netbooks. Under the name of HP 2133 Mini-Note opens a range of offerings to consumers where the main differences are based on memory capacity, the battery or the operating system.
The first Mini-Note that we are is the 1GB of RAM. The HP 2133 Mini-Note is characterized by 3 cells, which can last approximately 3 hours of battery. Its 120 GB hard drive is more than sufficient for use in netbooks, as well as the Mini-Note’s display that has 8.9 “. The HP 2133 Mini-Note we can find the classic operating system with Windows XP Home or Windows Vista Home Basic, being a little lighter with the NETBOOK XP and cheaper.
However, if we want to have more features but the price of NETBOOK up a bit, we have the option of HP 2133 Mini-Note 2GB or using hp coupons. The battery is also higher, reaching the 6-cell autonomy and getting a NETBOOK of up to 5 hours. In addition, the HP 2133 Mini-Note 2GB connectivity is more likely because it’s Wifi, two USB ports and 10/100 Ethernet, Bluetooth included.
The most advanced NETBOOK HP comes with two versions of Windows Vista. Although the price difference is considerable, the version Windows Vista Business provides significant advantages over particularly for SMEs. This operating system is designed specifically to meet the needs of small businesses and has a simple interface that facilitates the connection within and outside the office, improving the search for necessary information and makes easier the management of connection methods .
Surely HP 2133 Mini-Note has managed to enter the market and adapt to each customer by offering segmented versions for each person according to their needs.
With the revolution of netbooks have started to make new devices such as memory SSD but what does that mean SSD?
Memory SSD drive is a solid state, ie a secondary storage device made of solid state electronics to replace traditional hard drives. The reports consist of a SSD nonvolatile memory has no moving parts and thus reduces the search time and latency of the conventional hard drives.
It has many advantages over hard drives, and thanks to the emerging market of SSD netbooks reports are being imposed in the technological landscape. The reports are SSD faster start reading and reduce the search time, are less heavy and have lower power consumption. Besides these solid state units are immune to external vibrations which are most suitable for netbooks.
The reports of the current SSD netbooks do not usually exceed 20GB but rapid advances in new technology has ensured that these memories have high capacity SSD. However, prices of high capacity SSD memory is currently too high and we must settle for what they offer us the current netbooks.
At this point all we know and what are netbooks, the benefits we offer and what characterizes them. But why is it a good idea to buy a NETBOOK?
If we compare the netbooks with notebooks netbooks we think are the worst, offer fewer applications or give us a less useful but it is certain that the benefits of NETBOOK are superior to the traditional laptop.
The main advantage is price. For only € 179.00 and can get a computer to give us everything we need to user level, something impossible to think with laptops. Moreover, the ease in transporting NETBOOK due to their low weight and small size eliminates the discomfort that occurs with a travel notebook. Obviously, this reduction in size NETBOOK cause the screen is smaller, which means that it hinders the reading with the original inch NETBOOK. If you want to have a bigger screen at home when we are always able to connect our NETBOOK an external monitor larger.
Furthermore, reports SSD incorporating netbooks are better than hard disks because they have better performance and are not affected by external vibrations, which is a key advantage in netbooks. And the autonomy that is offered at present is very high, reaching the 6-cell battery in some netbooks, enabling up to 6 hours of performance of the device.
In short, buy a NETBOOK is a good idea to appreciate our pocket. It’s the best way to have a laptop that can connect from anywhere in the most convenient.
Many netbooks come installed with Linux or Windows XP, with seldom netbooks having Vista installed. Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 has proved popular with many users and netbook owners. After reading many articles and posts about Windows 7 on netbooks, I thought it was time I gave it a whirl, as while I got accustomed to using XP again, I did miss the features and appearance of Vista.
Partitioning my existing hard drive with XP installed unfortunately didn’t go as planned so dual booting isn’t possible. Windows 7 however installed absolutely fine using an external USB DVD reader and it’s still possible to access and use the files stored on the XP partition. The installation of Windows 7 took under 30 minutes with an additional 30 minutes installing my regular programs and applications. The drivers for the Wifi don’t work straight away and you need to either download the MSI Wind drivers for XP/Vista, or connect the netbook to the internet via ethernet cable and allow Windows 7 to download the 5 (at time of writing) small updates, including the wifi driver. The onscreen display for volume, brightness, bluetooth and wifi connectivity are also not installed with Windows 7, but you can download the System Control Manager from here to install this feature.
While it doesn’t run as smoothly as I’d previously read it did, it is a lot quicker than my Vista based desktop, which in many cases, has double or even triple the specifications found on the Advent 4211. I started with a few applications open and installing others. Opening and extracting files with Winrar caused a slight problem with Firefox with the browser freezing. However since all the applications I usually install were installed, I went for the most extreme case of programs running and the netbook didn’t react negatively. With three Firefox windows open, Windows Music Player, Photoshop, MSN, and Windows Mail open I switched between the different programs with ease and no slow down.
As I usually have that many applications open, the taskbar can become very cluttered, but with the default settings of Windows 7, the taskbar is easy to manouver and switch between programs. Within the taskbar options, you have the choice of combining the taskbar buttons with no information, or allowing them to combine when the taskbar is full, or never combining. I’ve had a play around with the various settings and while the taskbar buttons can take a bit getting used to, they’re perfect for the small screen size if like me you have many windows open at a time. An option is also provided for switching to small icons. The below screenshot shows the taskbar items combined while full and always combine options with the smaller icons option being displayed in the last toolbar.
Other features I’ve been impressed with on Windows 7 is the desktop preview which has worked flawlessly for me, with no delay. The Tasks option on the Start Menu has also proved very useful, and again the Advent 4211 experiences no slow down while using this feature.
Over all I’m very impressed with Windows 7 and will be installing it on my desktop soon. I’m also very impressed with how well it runs on the netbook. I can easily see it becoming the most popular OS for netbooks once it’s released especially as many of the features benefit the screensize.
After having my Advent 4211 for four months, I thought it was time a review was posted up about it. The Advent 4211 is a rebadged MSI Wind U100 exclusive to UK retailer PC World. The 4211 comes with the same specs you would find on an MSI Wind U100 including a 10 inch screen, 80GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, Intel Atom N270 processor and Windows XP Home installed. Available for £280 it’s price is slightly higher than it’s Eee PC counterparts, but considering the specifications over the lower priced netbooks it is a good deal. Since purchasing the 4211b, PC World have now got the 4211c in stock which for the same price features a 160GB hard drive making this netbook an even better deal.
While I had moved on to Windows Vista on my other machines the change back to XP was smooth and easy making the operation system a selling point of this machine, a Linux based model, while cheaper would require getting to know a whole new OS. Service Pack 3 is pre-installed on the netbook so there’s no lengthy updates to go through.
The 10 inch display is very easy to get accustomed to. While some applications you may face difficulties with the OK or Accept button going below the task bar, which isn’t a problem for those who have Auto Hide Toolbar enabled. Likewise the keyboard is very easy to adapt to using and is very sturdy. I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts on various applications and some laptops I’ve used have been unnatural to use for keyboard shortcuts, but the Advent 4211 keyboard is nicely spaced out.
Other specifications found on the 4211 include bluetooth, Wifi, built in web cam and microphone, giving it great connectivity options. Cyberlink YouCam is pre-installed on the netbook which could easily rival Apple’s iBooth as just as much fun can be had from the software.
Japanese electronics company Sotec have just updated their netbook range by replacing the current C101 model with an all new C102 model of netbook. Sotec will be gradually releasing their new netbook starting on January the 24th.
The Sotec C102 is available in platinum silver or rich black and features a 10.1 inch display, is powered by an Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz) plus Intel 945GSE chipset and comes installed with 1GB RAM and a 160GB SATA HD. Other specifications include a webcam and a card reader, all pretty standard fare for a lot of netbooks but, notably the C102 will feature draft-N WiFi support.
BenQ are to enter the nebook market with the BenQ JoyBook Lite U101. The U101 is different from other netbooks available and will be shock resistant like the G-Shock watch and can withstand drops of up to 76cm.
BenQ’s netbook also claims to be the first netbook to have an aspect ratio of 16:9 in a 10.1 inch screen. Other specs in the netbook are:
Connectivity: Wifi, ethernet and bluetooth
Processor: Intel Atom 1.6GHz
Windows XP Home
The JoyBook Lite U101 will be available in Singapore for S$888 during the upcoming SITEX show with other Asian markets following at the end of November.
Asus attended a media preview event in New York on Thursday night. At the event they showed off a 1002HA variant. Asus are to release the 1002HA in a brushed metal design.
The brushed metal model will have the same features of the original 1002HA, but with different hard drive and SSD options. A brushed metal effect is applied to the chassis of the netbook as well as the wrist rest.
The brushed metal 1002HA model will begin to ship in Early December and retail for $499+.
Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci announced at an event in Budapest that Gateway will be releasing a netbook soon. Gateway, as well as Packard Bell, were both recently acquired by Acer.
Packard Bell is already set to release a netbook. How the Gateway netbook will differ from that or the Acer Aspire One or other netbooks is unknown at the moment.
Lanci also spilled other news and information while at the event. Acer have plans to update their Acer Aspire One netbooks, with the possibility of a model with a larger screen.