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Title: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 04, 2010, 11:57:49 PM
Well, I'm replacing my old faithful notebook, getting on 3 years old, and already had a replaced battery and power cord, and the second battery and power cord are basically dead anyway.  I was intended on waiting for the summer to switch to a tower and a netbook, but my battery life is so poor now I'm a basically using a slow portable desktop.  So I decided on the Asus EEE 1201N.

The tech specs may not seem like much, but keep in mind that this is a netbook so the specs are awesome in thouse terms.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Processor: Intel Atom N330 1.60 Ghz (dual-core)
Screen: 12.1" WXGA LCD (1366x768)
Hard Drive: 250 GB SATA at 5400 rpm
RAM: 2GB DDR2
Graphics: NVidia ION 128MB (yes, the netbook has a real graphics card) :P
Bluetooth
3 USB 2.0 ports

all in all, I think this is a pretty amazing netbook, I will talk about it more when it arrives, which will be on monday.

Bit pricier then most netbooks at $480, but far outclasses them in terms of specs.

It's sad though, it's a netbook and it is almost as powerful as my notebook I'm replacing it with. ><
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: matthias720 on March 05, 2010, 12:16:15 AM
Welcome to the ranks of netbook users! :D
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 05, 2010, 12:29:04 AM
I wouldn't quite call it a netbook though, it is really a netbook, notebook hybrid.  As in, if I lower the settings, I could probably run TF2 on it.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: mob720 on March 05, 2010, 01:05:58 AM
eh, either way, looks like a keeper to me. Im not all keen on Nvidia ION, if you could enlighten us please... but then again, ATi's lineup of onboard graphics probably isnt much better. Hey, at least its not Intel GMA like my laptop's (that can barely run Skulltag, on high of course, its not that bad). :facepalm
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 05, 2010, 08:34:05 AM
well, the NVidia ION is based on the GeForce 9400 chipset.  According to the reviews this netbook is capable of playing WoW at native res at 30 fps.  Not that I play WoW.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: ChexCommander on March 05, 2010, 05:08:41 PM
eh, either way, looks like a keeper to me. Im not all keen on Nvidia ION, if you could enlighten us please... but then again, ATi's lineup of onboard graphics probably isnt much better.

No way. Not at all. ION outperforms any ATI onboard graphics by miles. It's actually capable of playing games and all that fun stuff.

Those are beastly netbook specs, that's awesome! Hope you like it!


well, the NVidia ION is based on the GeForce 9400 chipset.  According to the reviews this netbook is capable of playing WoW at native res at 30 fps.  Not that I play WoW.

XD
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 05, 2010, 05:51:01 PM
Knowing I needed a cd/dvd drive, I just got this and already have it now, bought at a store.  I've heard a lot of good things about this drive

ASUS USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive SDRW-08D1S-U

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U02JZ8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1ED0WF7H9M3BZGS3TRSZ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: Richie on March 06, 2010, 01:24:52 AM
Knowing I needed a cd/dvd drive, I just got this and already have it now, bought at a store.  I've heard a lot of good things about this drive

ASUS USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive SDRW-08D1S-U

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U02JZ8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1ED0WF7H9M3BZGS3TRSZ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

That is the most beautiful disk drive I have ever seen.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: ChexCommander on March 06, 2010, 08:47:26 PM
Knowing I needed a cd/dvd drive, I just got this and already have it now, bought at a store.  I've heard a lot of good things about this drive

ASUS USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive SDRW-08D1S-U

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U02JZ8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1ED0WF7H9M3BZGS3TRSZ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

That is the most beautiful disk drive I have ever seen.

Haha it's only 8x, but I would assume that would be suitable as it's a USB drive.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 06, 2010, 10:48:34 PM
it's 8x dvd, it can do 24x cd :P
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: ChexCommander on March 06, 2010, 11:02:10 PM
it's 8x dvd, it can do 24x cd :P

...and how many people produce CDs anymore (save for music)?
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 06, 2010, 11:43:58 PM
it's 8x dvd, it can do 24x cd :P

...and how many people produce CDs anymore (save for music)?

Well, it would be rather hard to install my older games without the 24x cd. :P
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: ChexCommander on March 07, 2010, 12:25:13 PM
it's 8x dvd, it can do 24x cd :P

...and how many people produce CDs anymore (save for music)?

Well, it would be rather hard to install my older games without the 24x cd. :P

Good point.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: brain candy on March 07, 2010, 10:20:14 PM
This is so not a helpful suggestion, but I am completely blown away by Alienware's "Netbook" offering:
http://www.alienware.com/microsite/m11x/m11x.aspx
http://gizmodo.com/5442711/dell-alienware-m11x-is-their-first-ultraportable-gaming-netbook

And really, this thing is the polar opposite of a netbook, but it is so tiny! I'm not a fan of Alienware/Dell, but holy heck.  :o

The Asus EEE series is really neat though. My old roommie had one. Other than absolutely detesting the tiny keyboard, it was a nice little bugger. Slow with the stock XP it shipped with but pretty fast after I installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix on it. It would appear that your particular EEE is a totally different breed though! Good pick. :)

http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/18/asus-eee-pc-1201n-review/
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 07, 2010, 10:31:39 PM
well, judging by what I hear, it would have been well out of my price range anyway, I was just looking for something cheap, portable and passable to replace my notebook as I intend on going to a netbook and tower system.  So I didn't want to spend too much in this area, so I can make the tower better at gaming.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: ChexCommander on March 07, 2010, 11:24:51 PM
This is so not a helpful suggestion, but I am completely blown away by Alienware's "Netbook" offering:
http://www.alienware.com/microsite/m11x/m11x.aspx
http://gizmodo.com/5442711/dell-alienware-m11x-is-their-first-ultraportable-gaming-netbook

And really, this thing is the polar opposite of a netbook, but it is so tiny! I'm not a fan of Alienware/Dell, but holy heck.  :o

That "netbook" (well, not really) is ridiculous! That's an intense mini-laptop.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: Richie on March 07, 2010, 11:47:09 PM
That "netbook" (well, not really) is ridiculous! That's an intense mini-laptop.

If you're trying to have a baby, I would highly recommend keeping that mini-beast off of your lap.  O_O
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 08, 2010, 05:38:47 PM
Well, here is my first post from my new computer, works fine so far, I'll post more when I get more stuff installed and uninstalled.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: Atariangamer on March 08, 2010, 05:51:37 PM
@BC: DO WANT.

Oh, that'd be PERFECT.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 08, 2010, 10:30:25 PM
New netbook is officially awesome, able to run TF2 at native res of 1366x768 at 25-30 fps, and portal same res at 35-45 fps.  Albeit, with the advanced settings brought down a good bit.  fps did go down to the 15-20 range, but for that I needed to do a point blank rocket or look point blank into a portal.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: brain candy on March 09, 2010, 03:19:30 PM
New netbook is officially awesome, able to run TF2 at native res of 1366x768 at 25-30 fps, and portal same res at 35-45 fps.  Albeit, with the advanced settings brought down a good bit.  fps did go down to the 15-20 range, but for that I needed to do a point blank rocket or look point blank into a portal.
That's so great to hear! I'm way excited for you. I missed the boat when netbooks went from ridiculously underpowered to offering some really great budget/ultraportable options. Totally neat. You should post some pictures if you can. I'd love to see this things actual size.

@BC: DO WANT.

Oh, that'd be PERFECT.
Yeah, I had to share... even though it was not even remotely helpful to TMOB. XD

Isn't it neat though? I'd totally buy one despite the Dell/Alienware crappiness of it.

That "netbook" (well, not really) is ridiculous! That's an intense mini-laptop.

If you're trying to have a baby, I would highly recommend keeping that mini-beast off of your lap.  O_O
I had a good laugh over this. This netbook would cook the contents of anyones abdomen. Render people sterile, lol.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: Richie on March 09, 2010, 04:13:21 PM
I had a good laugh over this. This netbook would cook the contents of anyones abdomen. Render people sterile, lol.

My HP Mini 1000 gets surprisingly hot as is.  I just can't imagine that Alienware.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 09, 2010, 04:13:27 PM
may have to back down a bit, I'm having some trouble playing tf2 multiplayer, the test was own my own server, it seems that it isn't the fault of the graphics but of the processer having problems keeping up with everything. :-\
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: Atariangamer on March 09, 2010, 04:47:37 PM
You using the multicore rendering?

not to mention, there are tons of FPS configs (low poly models, console commands, DX8, etc) to help out.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: TheMasterOfBattle on March 09, 2010, 04:52:37 PM
linkys?

never tried it, but does the multicore rendiring actually increase performance?

the problem seems to be trying to do many things at once, as it stuggled playing an rts as well, but has no problems with portal
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: Awesomedude249 on September 14, 2014, 07:48:15 PM
Heh, I'm posting this from a netbook.  ;D
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: MajorSlime on September 14, 2014, 09:20:03 PM
Then start a new topic. Or put it in the unique forum access topic. Wrong place dude.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: Awesomedude249 on September 14, 2014, 10:56:52 PM
Ummm...did you read the name of the topic? TMOB was getting a netbook, so I posted from a netbook.
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: xbolt on September 15, 2014, 12:51:31 AM
Well, the thread was last posted in 4 years ago. Generally, you should leave threads that old alone. (Exceptions exist, of course.)
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: MajorSlime on September 15, 2014, 03:52:09 AM
Well, the thread was last posted in 4 years ago. Generally, you should leave threads that old alone. (Exceptions exist, of course.)

Exactly. Not only was the post only semi-relevant, but it was no where near close time-wise to the last post. It definitely should have been a new topic, if it warranted a post at all. (Or, like I said, there IS the unique forum access post which is still relevant time-wise)
Title: Re: Getting a new laptop (technically a netbook)
Post by: Awesomedude249 on September 15, 2014, 01:42:16 PM
Ok, sorry. I was being absent-minded and didn't check the post date. I will try not to bump!