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Intel launched its latest generation of netbook-centric Atom processors right at the end of 2009. While the following weeks saw plenty of announcements heralding new machines based on the chips, those PCs have only now started to arrive on shop shelves. Asus is, of course, the genuine pioneer of the netbook arena, launching …

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  1. Tarthen
    Happy

    Looks nice...

    I still have my 1000H... 4 hours battery life on average, so the 5.25 to 10.5h life is definitely an improvement on the earlier models.

    I hope ASUS gets the new Pine Trail chipset right next time. The sooner they get it right, the sooner I replace my 1000H. :)

  2. Nigel Callaghan Silver badge
    Thumb Down

    Wot?

    No SSD? No Linux?

  3. The Serpent
    FAIL

    Eee PC, but..

    ..no friend??

  4. Cornholio

    What does it look like...

    So, most importantly, what does it look like when being used on the beach by a nubile girl?

    Come on Reg, where is the picture?

  5. Stuart 2
    Unhappy

    Pinetrail

    The pinetrail ATOM processor is about saving money for intel, not boosting performance; the chipset is to all intents and purposes the same as the old one, it's just moved from two chips to one. There is an article about it on anandtech: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3728

    1. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD

      yea what gives?

      Where is she?

  6. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Just read that

    w7 kills batteries and the latest updates make the in more unstable

    Can I get this anywhere with Linux on to save even more money and win all round?

  7. I_am_Chris
    Badgers

    Why so expensive?

    What happed to the 'cheap' part of SCC? Is this some sort of con orchestrated by MS in order to make Win7 'seem' affordable. I note the lack Linux for the latest crop of netbooks - that would show the true cost of win7.

    A netbook needs to be <£300 (preferably <£250) otherwise it's just a small, underpowered laptop...

  8. MnM

    @ The Serpent and Cornholio

    She's upset there's no high res screen option ftw.

  9. Bilgepipe
    Gates Horns

    Too Expensive

    Thanks to Ballmer ramping up netbook prices using Windoze, these things are just too damn expensive. A full laptop is around the same price - not as small, but way more powerful. This should be £200.

    And where's the Linux version? Presumably a casualty of the deal between netbook makers and the aforementioned overweight bane of the IT industry.

    Evil Bill, 'cause there's no Evil Ballmer.

  10. RichyS
    Thumb Down

    In summary

    Netbooks are still shit.

    1. Antidisestablishmentarianist
      Thumb Up

      o

      Amen

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Linux

    Still looks promising

    I've got a Eee 1000, one of the last models to still have Linux pre-installed before Asus drank the Windows koolaid. I have long-since replaced the Xandros-based install with Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and just recently upgraded the flash hdd to 64GB. I love the speed of the SSD, and the system performance is tolerable. It's not speed demon, but it does well what it's advertised to be: a light and portable, ultra-low-powered, Internet browsing machine. My only real complaint after a year of use is I find the small keyboard too cramped to do extensive typing.

    I can't imagine what the SATA HDD and Windows 7 do to battery life, but it's got to hurt it bad. I'd love to see another review with a user-installed copy of linux (any flavor) on it, and see how the performance numbers compare. Netbooks were born for SSD and light-weight OS. Seems to my that trying to squeeze Windows on one defeats (at least half) the purpose.

    Yes, you could say I was somewhat of a Linux-fanboi. Not militant, mind you. I just like to have choices.

  12. b 3
    WTF?

    er, what's the screen res?

    1280x768?

    1024x600?

  13. Matt Bucknall

    Yeah yeah...

    ..just bring one out with a wider right shift key PLEASE!!!

  14. JWS
    FAIL

    Bored!

    Yet another one, boring.

  15. Goat Jam
    FAIL

    Yay

    Another yawn inducing netbook.

  16. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD
    Stop

    Eh, you forgot this (apart from the pix of the bird)

    For a nerd e-rag, you should know a good proportion of your readers like to customize their kit.

    How easy is it to get this thing open? Upgrade the ram? Throw away the winchester?

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Netbooks vs cheap laptops

    Why does everyone always bring this up?

    If you want a machine to use around the house, so you don't care about size / weight / battery life, then buy a cheap laptop.

    If you want a light machine you can just stick in a bag to be used anywhere, buy a netbook.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Typing this post on one

    Picked one of these up in the US just after release date as I travel a lot and wanted a netbook with good battery life. This it has, but I wished I'd read some more reviews before purchase. It's a nice light machine and does standard web-browsing fine but it struggles with flash-heavy sites and stutters like crazy when trying to play 480p or upward YouTube videos. I haven't tried any HD mkv/h.264 videos yet but I've heard it refuses to play 1080p and only works with 720p with CoreAVC codec on the most stripped-down options. Spending a couple of weeks stuck in a hotel room in the middle of nowhere and no car or option of escaping, I wish I'd paid the $50 more and got an Ion-based 'book with dvi/hdmi so I could have connected it to the in-room HDTV and watched some films through it.

  19. Karl H
    FAIL

    And so the Netbooks spiral into insignificance

    These latest netbooks seem pointless, they're not significantly smaller or lighter than full laptops, and they're not significantly cheaper either.

    Where are the netbooks that exist somewhere between a highly powered mobile phone ( Nokia N900 ) and a full laptop ?

    I'd love to buy something like the original Asus Eee PC 701 ( but with less bezel around the screen and thus a larger LCD , but not larger overall form factor. )

    I'd love there to be a netbook that weighs around 800 - 900 grams

    And it would be running Linux on an SSD of around 12 - 20 GB.

    Most of all it would cost less than 200 quid.

    The netbook idea as implemented by Asus, Samsung, Acer , Toshiba and the rest seems now to be approaching bloated middle age ( a bit like me), and that's never an enticing place to be.

    Netbooks need to be lean - mean and cheap. Something that's better than browsing/emailing on a crackberry/other-mobile-phone. They do NOT need to be full PC replacements, capable of HD Video.

    Please someone tell the manufacturers this.

  20. stu 4
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    asus aspire one 9"

    Still the best imho. small, cheap, does the job.

    mine triple boots osx, win 7 and xp.

    plays 720p no bother. I use it on holidays to edit movies in imovie, etc no bother - even using it to edit gopro HD footage... I mean it ain't quick.. but its better than not being able to do it.

  21. John Sanders
    Unhappy

    Where is the...

    ...Blond girl?

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