[teknoids] Netbooks

Sydney Beckman sydbeckman at gmail.com
Mon Feb 23 10:55:30 EST 2009

I looked at a number of machines and read every review I could get my hands
on.  I chose the MSI Wind U100.  It's been great except I had the same
problem mentioned by Ben - the battery failed.  I RMA'd the machine and got
a very quick turnaround.  Other than that - I've had no problems.  Memory
upgrades are also cheap - I found one from Crucial for $14.

Syd Beckman
Dean and Professor of Law
Lincoln Memorial University School of Law

On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 9:16 AM, Chapman, Ben <ben.chapman at emory.edu> wrote:

> Phil,
> No cautionary tales but we have tried two so far:
>    1. The original Asus EEPC (4GB SSD/8.9" screen) - Fine little machine.
>    Runs Linux, etc. and has been covered over and over on the web. The biggest
>    downside is that both the screen and the keyboard are a little bit too small
>    for sustained work.
>    2. The MSI Wind U100. This machine has a terrific matte screen and very
>    nice keyboard; has an Atom, 1GB Ram, and a 160GB hard drive; runs Windows
>    XP. I bought one on the strength of this review in Defensive Computing (
>    http://tinyurl.com/a9lcjl ). The review does a nice job of discussing
>    10" screens vs. 8.9" screens and compares the Wind favorably to the Acer
>    Aspire One. The only issue with this machine so far was that the 3-cell
>    battery failed after about one month. We RMA'd the machine and had no
>    trouble getting a replacement. The new battery has worked just fine. It
>    looks like it's now about $320 at Newegg: http://tinyurl.com/dyx2w8 .
>    It has three USB ports, so I would assume that a 3G USB modem could be
>    fitted – that might keep your options open in the case that this is not an
>    appropriate device.
> Also, we are currently evaluating an Asus EEEBox as a light-use desktop
> machine. It's built on the same Intel Atom processor as current generation
> of netbooks. It comes with a vesa-compatible mounting bracket that will
> theoretically (depending on whether the base of your monitor already uses
> those mounts) allow you to mount it to the back of a monitor. We are
> considering deploying these in the computer lab. They are also $320 (
> http://tinyurl.com/4or8s4 ) at NewEgg. They come with 802.11n as well as
> regular ethernet. The only negative here would be the keyboard and mouse
> which are pretty low quality and rather small. I would probably buy or
> re-use existing full-size keyboards and mice.
> Best,
> Ben
> On 2/20/09 12:52 PM, "Bohl, Phillip C." <Phillip.Bohl at pepperdine.edu>
> wrote:
> Folks,
> Looking pretty hard at netbooks.  I must confess I have not yet taken the
> plunge.
> Any cautionary tales?
> I'm planning to pick up a few for evaluation.  I'm pretty sure we're going
> to get the Dean a 3G unit for on-the-road email (I am told that keyboards
> are nice for typing) to alleviate his blackberry thumb.
> Thanks,
> Phil
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