This is a tentative scorecard for sub-notebook devices. It is not a very structured or systematic approach, but tries to compare some of the devices I’m interested in in an objective way.
Right now, my interest is mostly academic, but if I were to get one of these I would look for, in roughly the following order:
- The ability to run Mac OS X or Windows XP (Linux is likely to be too much of a hassle where it regards support for what I need – which includes decent power management, corporate connectivity, suspend/resume, etc.)
- The ability to run Citrix and deliver presentations using a standard VGA port (for which I’d use the PowerPoint viewer)
- Support for a HSUPA modem like the E172 or E220.
- Minimal solid-state storage (USB or SD is enough for me)
- A decent screen and keyboard
As such, the characteristics summarized below are the ones I find interesting.
|Characteristics||Asus 1008P||Asus 1201NL||Asus 1005PEGO||Acer D250-1B|
| NVIDIA ION
|Battery||6h (32Wh)||5h (47Wh)||?||?|
|Size||262 × 180 × 26.2 mm||296 × 208 × 33.3 mm||262 × 37 × 178 mm||260 × 33 × 185 mm|
|Characteristics||Mini-Note||Eee PC 901||VIA nanobook||Acer Aspire One||MacBook Air|
|Physical screen size||8.9”||8.9”||7”||8.9”||13.3”|
|Standard VGA Port||Y||Y||DVI||Y||Micro-DVI|
|Storage||4GB5||up to 20GB Flash||up to 30GB||8GB||up to 80GB|
|Battery Life2 (h)||2-4||3||4+||2-3||5|
|Mar 12th||WannabEees: Eee PC vs Elonex One vs OLPC vs EasyNote XS vs MSI Wind and more||A comparison between several “mini” laptops|
2 Stated. Believe what you will.
3 With touch panel.
6 Rather cramped layout, though.