My mate was just bugging me today to help him pick a netbook. I told him to put his money in the bank and wait til the next gen!
Intel has confirmed it is already shipping the next incarnation of the Atom processor. The chip maker's successor to the near-ubiquitous netbook chip, the N270, is landing in the hands of laptop makers well before the anticipated mid-2009 release. Those presently mulling a netbook purchase may want to hold off for a bit. …
Put your money in the bank and it'll earn nothing. Buy an Aspire One 150 Linux from Asda for £150 (if they have any left) and not only will you be able to use it now, for half the price of the new ones.
But will this new CPU/chipset allow these machines to be fanless?
Atom was a waste of space because the northbridge took so much power. I have seen lots of speculation about GN40, but nothing decisive about power dissipation. Anyone got real measurements?
Assess you requirements, then pick your CPU. If you want a fast netbook: Via Nano. If you want battery life: ARM or MIPS. If you want an expensive netbook: Intel Atom.
So does this mean the Atom N270 will get a bit cheaper?
I'm considering getting one (not a netbook, but an Atom motherboard) but they're so pricey I'm probably going to get a Sempron instead.
That new Aspire One is a bit pricey too, sure it has a 10" screen but it's getting close to cheap notebook prices.
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