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Microsoft Explains Netbook vs Small Notebook PC

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June 17, 2009 10:57:38 PM

everything in the computing world becomes more powerful very quickly

we dont need a new name each time that happens
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June 17, 2009 11:00:14 PM

Welcome to Tom's Hardware lol alrigh! We don't proofread our articles. That would take too much time when we have such groundbreaking news to report. I don't want to cause a giant faught or anything, but come on guys. Seriously?
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June 17, 2009 11:08:08 PM

wasteoftimeI don't want to cause a giant faught or anything, but come on guys. Seriously?


Come on man. Seriously?
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June 17, 2009 11:24:06 PM

Maybe they would prefer:

Unibody reduced footprint portable Windows-capable computing device

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June 17, 2009 11:26:37 PM

Lmao maybe Marcus was writing this article while messaging someone and typed that in the article :p 
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June 18, 2009 12:00:25 AM

wasteoftimeWelcome to Tom's Hardware lol alrigh! We don't proofread our articles. That would take too much time when we have such groundbreaking news to report. I don't want to cause a giant faught or anything, but come on guys. Seriously?


GAINT FAUGHT? You mean giant fight. Correct yourself before you correct others. Moron.
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June 18, 2009 12:31:19 AM

Is this article just more weekend humor?
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June 18, 2009 12:45:31 AM

roastmasterGAINT FAUGHT? You mean giant fight. Correct yourself before you correct others. Moron.


coopchennickCome on man. Seriously?


He mistyped on purpose to mock. I don't appreciate 'news' like this, but - damnit - I read it anyway.
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June 18, 2009 1:09:51 AM

"netbooks, and Intel having faught for the freedom of the term itself"


RTFA then say something.
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June 18, 2009 1:11:38 AM

Oh, and Roastmaster, it's Giant, not GAINT. So, take your own advice.
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June 18, 2009 1:38:20 AM

roastmasterGAINT FAUGHT? You mean giant fight. Correct yourself before you correct others. Moron.

likewise.

The use of "faught" appears in the article, it was another jab.
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June 18, 2009 1:43:21 AM

Small notebooks > limited capabilities on netbooks
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June 18, 2009 2:07:55 AM

Microsoft = FAIL

We'll be sticking with the term "netbooks". But they DO need to stay small, portable and low powered. 11" LCD screen models are coming out - if we see another increase in size, call then notebooks. As thats what the $1500~2500 micro-sized high powered notebooks are.
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June 18, 2009 4:32:45 AM

So "netbooks" run Linux, where the obviously more capable and desirable Small Notebook PCs run Windows, right? Makes perfect sense.




Yes. Perfect sense.
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June 18, 2009 5:17:07 AM

I used to have that picture of the EEE in my binder.
It was the cheapest laptop out there when I noticed it and I was determined to get it.
I ended up getting a Toshiba though.
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June 18, 2009 6:30:26 AM

wasteoftimeWelcome to Tom's Hardware lol alrigh! We don't proofread our articles. That would take too much time when we have such groundbreaking news to report. I don't want to cause a giant faught or anything, but come on guys. Seriously?


Why is that on every single report someone has to point out a spelling error? I mean , come on , get used to it , its going to happen when they are throwing out reports as fast as they can.
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June 18, 2009 8:10:44 AM

What I find most interesting here, is asking an interested party for the definition.

If you asked General Motors to define "automobile", you'd have gotten: 6-tons, 4WD, fully automatic personal vehicle with leather upholstery and all other creature comfort built-in and a cargo capacity of 3,000 lb.

If you ask a dictionary, "automobile" comes from "auto"-self, and mobile: "that moves by itself" - defining a vehicle (any vehicle) that produces its own energy to move. Traditionally, any 3- or 4-wheeled (or more) vehicle with an engine on an open road is an automobile (by opposition with a motorcycle, which needs a driver to be balanced, and with a train, which must run on a dedicated track).

As such, the 500 lb., two-stroke engine 4-speed manual shift Citroen 2CV (where 'creature comfort' was limited to electric rain sweepers on a later revision)) was also an automobile.

So, why bother asking Microsoft about the definition of a PC? For Microsoft, a PC is currently a quad-core with 4 Gb of RAM, a terabyte of HD space, a 40 Gflop graphics card and a HD-DVD (scratch that) Blu-Ray drive.

A netbook is a low-cost, handy portable computer geared towards using the Web (it has many connection types built-in: 3G, bluetooth, wifi, ethernet); the fact is that 'low cost' doesn't mean 'low performance': if that were the case, the iPhone, with its dedicated processors, would not cost $400 but more like $1200 (if the marketing costs overhead proportion stayed the same).
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June 18, 2009 10:29:55 AM

Seriously people, either contribute to the discussion "on topic" or just keep your damn fingers off the keyboard and don't comment about stupid spelling errors.

Pathetic wastes of carbon.
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June 18, 2009 11:20:08 AM

But its important for mispeeling to be pointed out to the professionels.
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June 18, 2009 11:40:09 AM

i prefer the name small notebooks . even in desktops you have celerons to i7 . the line connecting netbooks and notebooks is continuous .
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June 18, 2009 1:05:58 PM

"For this reason, Microsoft believes that netbooks are actually evolving to become closer to the capabilities of notebooks."

So are they saying that notebooks will not get any better, or are they moving towards desktop speeds? Where, then, are desktops going? Oh, well gee, they're getting faster too. So netbooks will still be 50% slower than the average notebook, and desktops will still be 1.5x faster than your average notebook. I'm not exactly sure where they're going with this except to say that hardware, no matter how energy-efficient, will only get better at running Windows. That's ALL that can be said about this. Netbook could never reach notebook speeds as long as notebook hardware continues to evolve just like desktop hardware.
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June 18, 2009 2:08:57 PM

LMAO at you retards arguing about typos. Funny stuff. Glad you have the time to waste.
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June 18, 2009 2:40:53 PM

would rather refer them still as netbooks not "small".
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June 18, 2009 4:55:10 PM

BelardoMicrosoft = FAIL We'll be sticking with the term "netbooks". But they DO need to stay small, portable and low powered. 11" LCD screen models are coming out - if we see another increase in size, call then notebooks. As thats what the $1500~2500 micro-sized high powered notebooks are.


What Intels point is, that the size will stay the same but due to pine trail they will get a considerable boost in capability.This doesnt' mean we're gonna be playing WoW on our netbooks, it just means that when pine comes out we might be able to do a bit more than just net-centric tasks
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June 18, 2009 8:19:05 PM

My take...

Microsoft is doing this to say "see, its okay to limit the maximum capacity of netbooks for windows XP/7 installs - because they are only netbooks and not small notebook PCs... and we don't restrict the capacities of small notebook PCs what-so-ever!"
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June 18, 2009 9:42:24 PM

Why hasn't anyone come out with a convertable tablet netbook? Seems like it would sell like crazy if done right and kept fairly inexpensive, thin and light, as it could be used both as a traditional laptop and as an eReader, portable TV and tablet computer, the latter being ideal for use while commuting, traveling or just sitting around in a cafe.
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June 19, 2009 12:35:54 AM

Intel and Microsoft are fretting over netbooks, because if the trend continues, they are looking at serious revenue and profit reductions. That is why they want to mess with the mindshare and try to get people to pay more buck for less bang.
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