While there are many laptop users who doubtless need all of the features their full-sized laptops bring to them when they are working from home, when they are on the go, they will probably find a Netbook a more viable alternative.
For example, let's say one picks up a full-sized ASUS laptop with a heavy duty amount of memory, huge drive, great display capabilities, DVD interface, high-definition TV interface and more and with all of this horsepower available finds that he or she can only use it for three hours or so before it needs a recharge. In truth, did the user need the "monster truck" laptop to get the job done or would a sleek road-racer have done the trick, something like an ASUS X101CH-EU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook.
Seriously, think about this for a moment and ask yourself do you really need 8 GB of memory and a DVD/blu-ray player to complete the slides for your presentation to a sales meeting? Wouldn't a smaller computer that offers a great display and the ability to use a spreadsheet like Excel that integrates with Word and to complete some PowerPoint slides be more to the point?
Using a hugely horse-powered laptop to complete the job that a perfectly adequate Netbook like the X101CH can complete is like using the proverbial rifle to get the housefly. All you're going to do, if you are lucky enough to get near the fly is put holes into your wallboard.
Look at the X101CH and you can see what we mean. The Asus uses the Intel Atom processor (running at 1.6 GHz) which, it turns out is really a duo core processor to begin with so there's plenty of computing power there to work with. Even if you don't have mission-critical documents to complete, you'll find the sauna that is no long in the middle of your lap is quite a relief a full-sized laptops tend to run at high temperatures.
The Asus Netbook has more than enough memory to complete any job you ask it to complete -- short of doing 3D, of course, but it isn't made for that -- as it also comes equipped with 1 GB of memory and a 320 GB 5400-spin hard drive. This combination is more than powerful enough to work in the field for hours and when you are ready to upload the whole project you can do it via a USB 2.0 port or via WiFi Standard 802.11 /b/g/n (speeds from a somewhere in the 100s of Mbps to more than 300 Mbps).
The Asus is easily capable of working for hours as the tiny machine (10.3 by 0.86 by 7 inches, weighing a whole 2.5 pounds) uses a lithium-ion battery that should easily.
You won't suffer from eye strain either, as Asus has been thoughtful enough to use a 1024 by 600 resolution. The screen meets the WSVGA standard. Other features that make this a nice value are the 0.3 MP forward-facing camera so you can conduct videoconferences with Skype, for example, and the Asus also offers a true HDMI port so it is capable of producing High Definition TV support which means you can interface your camera or camcorder to the Asus so you can show people what you have been working on or swap photos with brothers and sisters.
All told, after we were finished up with the Asus, we were satisfied not only with the keyboard, but also with its size, resolution and overall performance.
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