November 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm #159477dinoMember
Have an old Pentium M 1.73 sony laptop. I use it as my primary machine to do everything from write email to recode DVDs and photoshop. It’s not quick, but it gets the job done. Not a huge gamer (partially b/c you can’t really on a laptop)
Wondering about how good the Atom actually is in day to day use – could it be used as a main machine in people’s opinions? Will it completely get bogged down once i get all my TSRs running (AV, firewall, backup monitor, and countless others) and then try to do something stupid like photoshop an image?
Seems to me that with a 160GB HD, it is asking to be used as a bit of a multimedia machine, whether that’s viewing videos or photoshopping some images (as long as you could stand the small screen). Concept of a netbook as a pared down version of your main machine seems less attractive when thinking about things like synching your documents and email (and phone, ipod, pda, etc, etc).
General opinions welcome.
thanksNovember 22, 2008 at 11:46 pm #170713TheRingMember
imho opinion i wouldnt use it as my main machine because i do a lot of video encoding and detailed photoshop work and while ps works the workflow is not as fast. But at the same time i cant take my quad core to bed or work so it definetly has its advantages. the atom is an admirably fast processor for what it is and for word excel and other day to day stuff it would suffice. as a media device its held back as are most netbooks by its speakers yet when travelling a set of headphones would suffice, but again i would only use it as a secondary pc in my instanceNovember 23, 2008 at 8:20 am #170709jezMember
It all depends what your definition of day to day is I guess!
Like TheRing, for me it could never replace a desktop. I do too much demanding processing with database software for a little Atom!
But that said, I have almost loaded up everything I want for my personal day to day on the move stuff and it is running everything just fine. So things like document editing, light photo manipulation (using paint.net), some light programming (LAMP), etc is all fine. I have AV software, MySQL, VNC, Google desktop etc all running in the background unnoticed.
I view it very much a second PC that compliments my Quad Core monster. But if your PC use is light then it will be just fine. You might want to invest in a larger monitor, keyboard and mouse for when you are docked at home. Not that the NC10 isn’t totally usable but tricky graphics task will be frustrating.November 23, 2008 at 12:15 pm #170711GalegoMember
I use the NC10 as my day to day laptop at home. I run Office 2007 no problems + suft & send/receive emails, and that is pretty much all I need so the NC10 fills the bill for me as my day to day computer.November 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm #170712donkaMember
I would say for me it will become my main pc as I have another laptop with a higher res that I use for serious Photoshop work – the NC10 works fine for casual editing but lacks the resolution for longer sessions. My desktop is the one I leave running for download and encoding, again something the NC10 can do but the desktop with its dual core 3GHZ CPU will do faster. The reason the NC10 will be my main pc though is because I typically spend more time surfing, buying and writing online than I do the other tasks. I would say the lower resolution is more limiting than the lack of cpu horsepower on the NC10 – it seems to cope with most things very well indeed. I run Eset Smart Security for my AV and firewall in the background on the NC10 and you would never notice when firing up other things like Photoshop, Office 2007 or 12 tabs in Firefox.November 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm #170710jezMember
The reason the NC10 will be my main pc though is because I typically spend more time surfing, buying and writing online than I do the other tasks
Yeah for that kind of thing the NC10 is fantastic. In the past I would have locked myself away infront of my PC but now I can sit on the sofa and chill out with the Mrs and still skim through my RSS feeds for example whilst she reads a book or watches X-factor. Great piece of kit!November 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm #170715k9Member
Althought most of the netbooks use the same processor, | noticed in The Register’s review of the Advent 4213 that it beat a lot of other netbooks hands down for speed in their test setup. This made me re-evaluate my original netbook choice and quite a few reviews of the NC10 mention it feels nippy or quick when compared to other netbooks of the same paper spec. I have to agree, it definitely feels quicker than the other few I have had hands on with.
This will only improve when I get around to taking Windows off and putting Ubuntu on 🙂
MNovember 23, 2008 at 4:26 pm #170714BeckyMember
[quote1227457505=jez]In the past I would have locked myself away infront of my PC but now I can sit on the sofa and chill out with the Mrs and still skim through my RSS feeds for example whilst she reads a book or watches X-factor. Great piece of kit!
You’re not my hubby are you? That description sounds awfully like me! 😀December 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm #170716SideburntMemberQuote:Yeah for that kind of thing the NC10 is fantastic. In the past I would have locked myself away infront of my PC but now I can sit on the sofa and chill out with the Mrs and still skim through my RSS feeds for example whilst she reads a book or watches X-factor. Great piece of kit!
Same reason I got mine, although Im a little disappointed, it turns out that despite my being in the front room more often, X-Factor still manages to emit hypnotic rays aligned to the female brain.
perhaps its time to install Red Alert, Silent Storm or Planescape Torment (if I still have the discs)December 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm #170717xoospMember
Well I doubt whether I should buy a NC10 or a 12,1 Inch ultraportable laptop. For gaming, downloading and recode dvd’s I use my normal PC. But I like to have a small laptop for school stuff like Word, Internet and programming Java,PHP and vbs. I like the 12,1 inch screen but I think the 7 hours of battery life is a plus for the NC10. The 12inch laptop had more cpu power but I doubt if I need it for typing in Word or surfing on the internet.
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