It’s almost always never perfectly comfortable when using a laptop or a netbook. Despite all the possible positions you can do while working with a portable device, none of them is good enough to make you work comfortably all day. Here’s a list of common positions we put ourselves into and the stress they cause to our bodies.
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- Is the entry level white Apple MacBook (Core 2 Duo 2GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M) a good buy?
- A review of the new Asus Eee PC 1000HE
- LCD panel makers gear up for 11.6-inch panels:
Several netbook vendors such as Acer and Asustek Computer are planning to lunch 11.6-inch netbooks with 1366×768 resolution panels, the sources noted.
- 10.1? and 8.9? Acer Aspire One Comparison
Wondering how to get decent playback performance on your netbook when watching high–def HD movies? Here’s a solution to get 720P working, it should work for you too.
If you’ve been looking for an ultraportable to complement your computing gear, I’m sure the task of picking one is getting very hard these days. Just a few months ago, there was only one — the Asus Eee PC 701. That, and its siblings. Now, you have the Asus Eee PC 900, the Asus Eee PC 901, the HP Mini–Note 2133, and now the MSI Wind U100.
Here are some articles that you will find useful in choosing your ultraportable:
- ZDNet UK: MSI Wind: a first look
- Laptopmag: ASUS Eee PC 901 12G XP
- Laptopmag: ASUS Eee PC 901 Mini-Review
- Laptopmag: HP 2133 Mini-Note
- HardwareZone: Shootout: ASUS Eee PC 901 vs. MSI Wind NB U100
- Laptopmag: ASUS Eee PC 1000H vs. MSI Wind: 10-inch Mini-Notebook Face Off
- OCW: Review of MSI Wind 1.6GHz ATOM 10″ notebook
- OCW: Review of ASUS Eee PC 901 1.6GHz ATOM 8.9″ notebook
- NotebookReview: Asus Eee PC 901 12GB First Look
In a nutshell, if I were to get one now, I’m looking at the MSI Wind with a six–cell battery. According to the reviews, it can get up to five hours of battery life. One caveat though: they’re only selling it with the three–cell battery for now. If you can wait a bit more, once these models are widely available in the market, prices should drop and you’d get a better deal. At least until they come up with the next generation models again.
Are you curious about the Asus Eee PC 900’s battery life? With conflicting reports on the rated capacity of batteries shipping with the Eee PC 900, the issue of battery life is now a significant concern. The first review units of the second generation were tested with a 5800 mAh but the first batches in Hong Kong included a much lower 4800 mAh battery. Consumers were obviously not happy and Asus offered a 5800 mAh replacement battery.
One of the first few users to get an Eee PC 900 shares with us his findings on the life of the 4400 mAh battery. Running Windows XP with brightness at 50% and sound volume at 80%, he managed to get 2 hours and 24 minutes before the Eee PC breached the 7% critical warning in Windows XP. Not bad, though far from Asus’ claim of 2.8 to 3.5 hours.
Personally, I’d be happy with 2:24 on a cheap ultraportable. And considering he was at 50% brightness, a notch just above the lowest would probably yield another 10 to 20 minutes. If only I can afford another Eee PC.
If you’re in Manila and looking for a good laptop that’s actually locally available, Jozzua’s Philippine Laptops will likely be very helpful. The site is a spin–off after his entry on a Neo laptop he used to use popularly comes out for search queries on the Neo laptop brand.
Wanna know which brand and model to get, and what to avoid? Philippine Laptops is a good place to start with.