Friday, April 03, 2009

Small is big – NYT: "Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry"

Occasionally I have to travel for business so I picked up one of these netbooks last month and, so far, I love it. My Acer Aspire One is only about 7x10" but so powerful I can run the Office 2007 suite without any problems. There's no optical drive but I got a cheap USB plug-in from Amazon to load CD software and music. Oh, and it has a built-in webcam which I have no idea how to work yet.

This Wired magazine article was influential in my decision to get one: "The netbook effect: How cheap little laptops hit the big time." Cheap is right: mine was $300 and if you're not playing graphic-intensive games, it will fit the bill just fine.

1 comment:

Strick said...

If your Acer is like my Asus, go to "My Computer" and click on "USB Video Device". A window should pop up and your webcam is working. How you do anything with it, however...

As to games and HD video, etc., remember we both have the first generation of these netbooks. In the next few months we'll start seeing netbooks built off NVIDIA's ION platform that will make that sort of thing possible.

I'm looking at some of the ION prototypes as a potential home media device. This trend could be a game changer in what's left of the desktop market, too.