The Atrix was obviously a bust, and the sensation is HTC’s attempt to demonstrate they can do better. This beast of a smart phone has a dual-core 1.Only two GHz processor along with a 4.3″ qHD display. It provides a slick aluminum unibody body and brags to be able to shoot 1080p video in 30fps. For multitasking power, there’s 768 MB regarding RAM. The sensation declines down on storage though- solely 4 GB on board with an 8 Gigabytes microSD card included. Longevity HTC Batteries.
Since Netbooks are not designed for use as a laptop replacement, they have lower speed processors (CPU’s). The CPU chips used for Netbooks not only have slower CPU speeds, the internal CPU bus speeds are slower also. And they are single core processors, instead of the 2 or 4 core processors typically found on new laptops today. All of these differences add up to a slower computing experience.
Then there’s the really baffling issues, like your computer refusing to turn on or simply overheating and shutting down without even giving you a chance to log on.
You should also take note of the speed of the optical drive that you purchase. Faster is better. A 48X CD drive means that is 48 times faster than the first CD drive. The same concept applies to DVD drives. A fast Cd and dvd drive can greatly save you time when you are burning files onto a CD or Dvd.
Warranty. This is your call. I have blogged about Dell’s “CompleteCare” option that covers all repairs including the ones that are your fault. Warranty options can add several hundred dollars to the final tab. But laptop repairs are expensive; do you ordinarily self-insure? computer hardware has a nasty habit of dying within 30 days of warranty expiration – call it Murphy’s Law if you like.
The 00 laptop that most of my clients end up buying is tailored to last 3 – 4 years, with contented computing along the way. Ok, maybe we’ll have to reload Windows at the 2 year point to regain that new computer performance, but at least it can be done.
Video card. For strictly business usage on Windows XP, you can save a little here. If you are doing a lot of graphics work, watching movies, or expect to use Windows Vista with the Aero interface, I wouldn’t advise skimping here.
Operating system is possibly an 8th point to consider for reducing cost. Don’t pay extra for Windows Vista Ultimate if you aren’t going to need the features, and don’t skimp down to Vista Basic and then wonder why you don’t have the cool Aero interface. Again, compare before you buy.