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Originally Posted by Page 2One of the NC10's biggest drawbacks was the size of its trackpad - the NC20 addresses this with a much larger touchable area... The buttons are also spaced much more widely too, which makes them much less fiddly and sturdier. It's a much more positive experience than the NC20's, that's for sure.
Originally Posted by SkiddywinksQuote:Originally Posted by Page 2One of the NC10's biggest drawbacks was the size of its trackpad - the NC20 addresses this with a much larger touchable area... The buttons are also spaced much more widely too, which makes them much less fiddly and sturdier. It's a much more positive experience than the NC20's, that's for sure.
Shouldn't that be "much more positive experience than the NC10's..."?
Originally Posted by ProDigitTHis is where I already have an issue with:
While the Atom netbooks display 720p video's perfectly fine, the article mentions that the responsiveness of the in order VIA chip is better than the Atomprocessor.
This is wrong in my mind.
One of the reasons the Atom worked so well is that it was more responsive than out of order processors due to it's HT capability!
The atom shows small commands like opening many windows like smaller programs, web browsers , etc.. better than my AMD Athlon XP 2600+!
That's why I switched!
Though, the XP2600 could handle single threaded applications better that required more intensive CPU processing power.
This is what you see also in the benches, singlethreaded applications appear to function better on the VIA chip than on the Atom. Multithreaded applications are faster on the Atom which supports HT technology.
This would have been a good laptop, if it rather had 2 smaller VIA CPU cores, rather than 1 larger one; for system's responsiveness. Ofcourse dual cores / hyper threading capable cpu's perform slightly worse on singlethreaded applications, though that may change in Windows 7.
As you mention in the conclusion, the (hardly noticable) performance gain of the NC20 goes together with a decrease in battery life of almost 40%!
I think that's not worth it!
Also matte screens can hardly or can not be used outside. Glossy screens or reflective surface screens can, because it allows sunrays to penetrate the outter layer all the way to the core of the LCD screen, allowing for better outside environment display contrast. In some cases in sunlight the backlight can be shut down completely, as a reflective screen can be used there where a matte one can't.
So the reflective screen is less a matter of 'wants', but to make this laptop available for a larger audience (ie those wanting to use it outside without wasting too much battery on boosting the screen brightness to the max in sunlight).
Besides shiny/glossy screens also allow better contrast ratio's when watching movies.
Images appear sharper and colors more vivid.
So I find there are more benefits to a shiny screen than drawbacks.
Usually the drawbacks are (or is) a reflection on a screen that can easily be avoided by tilting the screen upward or down a bit.
Originally Posted by JipaOh cmon give me a dual core ion-netbook already.
Originally Posted by Dave_MBy the way that Ion Netbook better have a digital display output. It's pretty hard to tell from the picture but I only see VGA. Bah!
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