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shopping mini laptops/atom processors

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by armly, Jan 15, 2011.

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  1. armly

    armly Thread Starter

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    The newer mini laptops, they mainly run on atom processors, right?

    Are these enough (given adequte ram) to run applications?

    I'm thinking Word mainly. Yet even on the older P4 processors, Word didn't exactly open in a snap. In fact it was pulling through an outright slumber just to announce itself. Say for the later version P4's, roughly 2004 or thereabouts, have these new atoms reached the same levels of processing or maybe even surpassed them? The machine will likely stay offline.

    I do understand that the atom's take only about 4 watts of power, to conserve battery life which is important for my uses. But I need a machine that runs dependably and without much worry and lights a decent resolution screen viewable to many angles, prompted by a full size keypad. Oh and yes, one that I can replace the batteries on.

    - Any tips appreciated. I've gotten some great help here.
     
  2. Hughv

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    My 9" Dell Mini came with Open Office and performs more than adequately as a word processing machine. I do have a full-size wireless keyboard and mouse attached, but that might not be necessary with a 10" machine.
    I would consider thus computer near worthless if it wasn't online.
     
  3. armly

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    What do you use for word processing? I like the nine hours worktime on that.
     
  4. Hughv

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    Open Office is a complete suite comparable to MS Office. It's free and mostly compatible.
    My Dell is a couple of years old, and the battery life never exceeded 4 hours.
     
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