Jul 16 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: ASK NBB #7!

At long last, ASK NBB #7 is available for your reading pleasure. Today I’m discussing the virtues of wireless internet with the mother of a college student, and perhaps you can learn something too.

Wi-Fi

We’ve got six other questions on ASK NBB, but if they don’t strike your fancy, be sure to ASK your own question instead!
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Interested in getting your own question answered on ASK NBB? Here’s how! Be sure to check out ASK NBB #3 for my projections for the future of the netbook industry, or ASK NBB #4 for some discussion of the evolving Eee PC.

Jun 18 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: ASK NBB #6

Today’s Asker has a few things in mind when looking for a new netbook. Are matte screens good at reducing glare? Which netbooks work well outdoors? And are antimicrobial keyboards unhealthy?

I think I’ve got the answers to a few of these questions and more, so if you’re interested, come check out ASK NBB #6: Choosing A New Netbook!

Super clean keyboard

Picture via Shopakos.

Jun 12 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: ASK NBB #5

Our fifth ASK NBB is available, with the latest in user-submitted netbook questions answered for your interest. Today, it’s about the most basic but crucial question of them all:

What is a netbook?

I think you’ll find it illuminating, and I’d love to hear your feedback. Take a look!

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Interested in getting your own question answered on ASK NBB? Here’s how! Be sure to check out ASK NBB #3 for my projections for the future of the netbook industry, or ASK NBB #4 for some discussion of the evolving Eee PC.

May 29 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: ASK NBB #4

The latest ASK NBB is up, ripe and ready for your consumption. It seems people responded to Wednesday’s call to action faster than imagined!

This time it’s all about the evolution of the ASUS Eee PC, from its primordial form back in 2007 to the versatile machine it is today. We cover the differences between the 700, 900, and 1000 Series, as well as the prospects of future ASUS netbooks.

Check it out!

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Not interested in the Eee PC? Be sure to check out ASK NBB #2 for some commentary on 3G netbooks instead, or ASK NBB #3 for my projections fpr the future of the netbook industry.

Apr 12 2009

ASK NBB #1: To Buy A Netbook

Today’s edition of ASK NBB focuses on an asker with a specific set of preferences for an upcoming netbook purchase.

QUESTION:

“I want to buy a notebook. That is like the asus 1000he but with a graphics card.
Is there any netbook out currently that has those features?
– a graphics card
– superb battery life
or is there one that you might know of but has yet to come out?
would love to hear your suggestions”

-stanTLs

ANSWER:

So, you’re looking to buy a netbook?

The first thing I thought of when I saw your email was the MSI Wind U110 Eco, a netbook whose graphical capabilities are expected to be good enough to manage any kind of HD video, and whose battery life may last as much as 9 hours. Be sure to read the article at the link for more info.

On the downside, the U110 Eco netbook may take a few months to be released. It all depends how long you want to wait to get your new netbook!

A second option is the Dell Mini 10. The battery life is decent enough, with the 6-cell option getting you 6-8 hours of life according to a release by Dell. Its graphics will get you up to 720p video, and the machine will come with a few other awesome media accessories as well (like a TV tuner). Check it out.

If you’re looking to use your netbook for gaming, your options will be pretty severely limited. You could, however, take a look at the ASUS N10J, which rocks a GeForce 9300 graphics card. Unfortunately it costs $699 and its battery life is standard.

Be sure to note that whenever you’re using higher brightness settings or engaging the graphics chip heavily your battery life will be quite diminished in any case.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Interested in getting your own question answered on ASK NBB? Here’s how!

Apr 10 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: ASK NBB Netbook Column Unveiled!

It can be hard to get answers about netbooks. Are they cannibalizing notebooks? Why are they so small? Which are better for netbooks – HDDs or SSDs?

Your questions deserve attention though, and we’d love to be the ones doing the answering. It is thus with much anticipation and excitement that we would like to announce a new column on NetbookBoards: ASK NBB, where we’ll answer your netbook questions directly and post them right here on the site!

We’ll give you anything from personal recommendations to our own opinions about the way the market is going, or whatever else you’d like to know – it’s just up to you to ask. This is how:

  1. Click the ‘Contact‘ button at the top of the screen.
  2. Include ‘ASK NBB’ in the subject line.
  3. Ask away!

The polls are open now, so be one of the first to get your questions answered on ASK NBB. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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