Friday, August 22, 2008

Netbook: Asus Eee PC

The latest Asus Eee PC has an 80 GB hard drive and runs Windows XP. Does that sound like a netbook, or a full PC? You can find this for around $550 and it comes with a 10" screen.

Would you rather pay $550 for an Asus Eee, or over $2,000 for the tiny Sony Vaio notebooks that are very similar in size. The Vaio has a built-in DVD-RW drive, plus it has much more horespower. But if you don't need those features, then you can get a very reasonably-priced Eee and have something very portable.

So, when it comes to mobility, how small is TOO small? That's one of hte questions I've been struggling with. In the world of healthcare, you need something light and mobile if you plan to carry it around the hospital. However, a truly functional device - whether that's a UMPC, a netbook, a tablet PC, or a full laptop - must have a screen that's big enough for you to be productive.

What is that ideal screen size? I'm starting to find that a 12" screen is what I need to be optimally efficient. I've concluded this after using the OQO model 02 that has a 5" screen; the Samsung Q1 Ultra that has a 7" screen; the Fujitsu P1610 that has an 8.9" screen; the Sony Vaio VGN-T250 that has a 10.6" screen; and the Thinkpad X41 Tablet that has a 12" screen.

At the end of the day, the 12" screen seems to be the winner. Although it's great to have something smaller and lighter, my productivity decreases. Hence, I'm not mainly using the 12" screen and reserving my smaller devices for those times when I don't need to be so productive.

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