Ion Netbooks vs. Atom Ultraportable

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lvlouro

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[citation][nom]jabliese[/nom]How in the world do you justify calling the Gateway machine an Atom in the title?[/citation]
Agree!!!

Totally misleading title
 

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Agree about the title.
My question is why not compare the Core 2 Duo with the SU7300 from Acer, also 11.6", and $599???
After all, you were looking for price comparison!!!
 

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Original title all fixed up. Slight mixup, sorry about that.

zzz_b, we chose the Gateway because originally we intended to test an Acer netbook, but the good folks asked about their new line of ultraportables. I'm not sure which model you mean, since their website doesn't list any 11.6" laptop with the SU7300, but we would have stuck with the Gateway because it's cheaper.

Indeed, we were looking for comparable machines, but more in parts and performance than price. Price is clearly a factor, but in comparing an ultraportable to a netbook, it's more important to know which performs well.
 

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For taking notes in class and web browsing, i think your standard atom netbook without ion is perfect.

Netbook + Arch Linux + LXDE = plenty fast enough

 

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This review is interesting, but everyone knows that the 4500 is juk, and Atom is overkill for netbooks. I really wish that you could have also looked at one of AMD's offerings. Right now the 13" HP DM3 should be easy to get your hands on, and the Wind U230 and Lenovo X100e are both the same size as these guys, and should be out within the week.
 

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This review is interesting, but everyone knows that the 4500 is juk, and Atom is overkill for netbooks. I really wish that you could have also looked at one of AMD's offerings. Right now the 13" HP DM3 should be easy to get your hands on, and the Wind U230 and Lenovo X100e are both the same size as these guys, and should be out within the week.
 

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jamezrp - the model is the Aspire 1810T with 11.6" display, Core 2Duo SU7300, GMA4500, 4GB RAM, 320 GB HD, 802.11a/b/g/n, bluetooth, about 7h battery life. All this for $599.
Just a comment, the Lenovo is more expensive than this one.
 
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Given that the Gateway machine is dual-core, vs. the single-core HP and Lenovo offerings, I do not think anyone is really surprised that the Gateway ultraportable comes out on top in cpu benchmarks.

What I would like to see is a direct comparison between a dual-core Ion netbook, such as the Asus Eee PC 1201N, and a dual-core (SU4100) with GMA 4500MHD netbook/ultraportable such as the Acer Aspire 1810TZ-4484.

With a current price difference of only $10.00 on ncix, I believe the competition will be a lot tighter, the only clear advantage for the SU4100-based machine being battery life.

In my mind, such a comparison would be much more beneficial to those looking for a relatively small, lightweight machine (around 12") that would have more power/usability/longevity attached to it and still cost under/around $600.00 (Canadian).

I will keep my fingers crossed and hope for an update/review to surface (^_^).
 

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4500 is junk for what purpose? its power efficient, drives HDMI/DP displays, handles HD media fine, runs aero. Yes, its slower than ION chipset for 3D - is that the compelling usage model for these systems?

Of course, it won't be long before we will see Arrandale based CULV systems showing up which will meet or beat ION in 3D and media while offering even more CPU muscle than the Gateway reviewed here with the same or better battery life...
 

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In september I picked up an 11.6 inch acer aspire 1410-8804 for $449. SU3500 is only 1 core at 1.4ghz but it runs so much better than an atom. I had one of the first msi wind which was nice but this thing is so much better.

In this area the gma4500 is lousy but better than the 950 and the atom is horrid so the culv is decent. I would pick culv over ion anyday in this device market.

But my question is if my acer $389 today (vista mine had free upgrade to win 7 - and don't run vista on culv) why can't I get culv + nvidia 9400m ($50-100) on an 11.6-12.1 device for under $500? I figure it would cut batt life by 20-30% but 6cell 5600mAh batt would still get like 4-5 hours I would think and only add 20-30 dollars to the cost.
 

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I sat in a jury room waiting to be pulled for a possible jury. 20% of the room, overwhelmingly female, had their netbooks out and love them!

I call netbooks purse computers. Not to be sexist, but it is the killer app. It fits charged in a purse. I see the same for the Apple tablet and HP slate.
 
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