Re: almost there...
Yup. Totally agree with you Bronek.
"We reckon you'll soon be able to buy an extended battery for less than that." - El Reg
Tell us more... At double the battery life, and under £300 I'd be all in.
Over the past 12+ months, I've been eagerly anticipating a series of machines but they've all failed in a major way when it comes to the crunch:
EEE 701 - Screen limitied it to toy status.
EEE 901 - 701's screen issues were sorted, but other spec boosted and so was the price.
Aspire One - Battery.
And now, the Advent teases us with the HP-Mininote-alike screen and keyboard. And the performance looks as good as ever. All for a reasonable price. But it still fails on the battery issue.
When I shell out for a SCC/netbook/laptot, it'll have the following spec:
---> Price of less than £299.99 (I started out with a £200 limit, which grew to £250 with an expanded wants list, but £300 is as much as I can justify for the convenience of portability)
---> Minimum 8.9" / 1024 screen (10" and/or 1280 would be a bonus, so feel free to make 'em an option at a premium if you want)
---> 4 hours of battery life with g Wi-Fi turned on (go on then, 3 hours at a push, if the recharger is like a mobile phone plug and you meet all the other requirements)
---> XP without the "free" MS Works trimmings and other bloat (I know that XP will run my progs. I know that Linux does not and does not offer an alternative prog. And no Wine-ing at the back from those that want to tinker. Let's have a "Minus XP for £xx less" option and we can all be happy.)
---> 1GB RAM (if you meet all the other requirements I'll accept 512MB as long as it's user-upgradeable without voiding the warranty)
---> 1.6GHz CPU (likely to be an Atom in order to achieve battery life but I'm not really fussed).
---> Keyboard and trackpad to match MSI/Advent/Mininote (I got hands on with the Aspire One over the weekend and the button placement wasn't a real issue but the keyboard & trackpad are just a tad too fiddly.
---> Max 1.5kg weight
---> Storage can be anything from 12GB-ish. SSD, HDD, whatever. As long as it's robust enough for the job and it doesn't impinge on the above battery or weight considerations. I don't need to store vastlibraries of files
---> Built-in 3G would be the icing on the cake and, as time goes by, is in danger of joining the above list as a requirement.
If you can't match that spec you can't have my cash. I can wait.
And with every passing week the launch of the Dell draws nearer...
Though if that fails to hit the spot (delivery inclusive), perhaps I'll end up with a second-hand Mini-Note.