If you’re rooting for England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, then this netbook’s right for you. The 10.1″ (1024,600 resolution) Hi-Grade Notino mL100E is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, and is equipped with with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM and a 160 GB Hitachi hard drive.
The Notino mL100E netbook also features a couple USB ports, an external VGA port, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Windows 7 Starter OS, and a webcam. Something unique about this netbook is that instead of having the trackpad buttons located underneath the trackpad, they’re located to either side of it.
The netbook is now available at a price of £279, including VAT.
Remember that Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t convertible netbook tablet we mentioned about a month ago? These netbooks were originally priced at $599 per unit on the Lenovo website, but now with a discount and a coupon, you can get your very own for $399, excluding taxes but including shipping.
The 10.1″ Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t features the standard netbook specs — an Intel Atom N450 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 160 hard drive, not to mention 802.11n Wi-Fi and Windows 7 Starter. The base model comes with a four-cell battery, but you can buy a spare six-cell battery for an extra $49.
If you’re interested in buying the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t today, the coupon code that should be entered at checkout is USPS4F524. Happy shopping!
Ad-hoc network sharing wasn’t originally a function of the Windows 7 Starter Edition OS, but lo and behold, you can find such a feature by typing the right phrase into the Start Menu search — it doesn’t get much easier than that.
As the dialog that normally starts the ad-hoc networking process is disabled in the Windows 7 Starter Edition software, a simple search for adhoc is all it takes for you to start it up on your netbook. Viola! You’re now able to connect to other Wi-Fi enabled devices when your netbook has a network connection.
Of course this may not be as convenient as Virtual Wireless Networking, but hey, at least it works.
According to Retrevo.com, an online consumer comparison shopping site, most netbooks sold on Amazon.com (23 out of 28) come with Windows 7 Starter pre-installed. Unfortunately, most people in the market for a netbook aren’t really digging the Windows 7 Starter OS.
Here are some thoughts that Retrevo collected on what consumers think about this new software. Out of the 1,100 consumers that responded to the survey:
- 56% would be dissatisfied if a new netbook were to be pre-installed with Windows 7 Starter.
- 61% did not realize that Windows 7 Starter lacks some features that come standard with Windows XP (dual-screen capability, personalization of desktop, DVD playback capabilities, etc.)
- 54% knew the difference between the various editions of the Windows 7 operating systems.
Microsoft is trying to transition consumers from Windows XP to Windows 7, but among netbooks Windows XP has continued to remain popular. The company has not yet disclosed how much profit they make from each copy of Windows 7 Starter sold, but executives have said that the profit margin is greater than that for Windows XP.
Acer has been quite the attention-getter lately, announcing today that it would offer Windows 7 Starter Edition on its Aspire One D250 netbook the same day as its Android Aspire One netbook went up for pre-order on Amazon, which you can read about here.
The netbook destined to receive Windows 7 Starter, the Aspire One D250, has a 10.1-inch LED screen like most other Acer Aspire One netboks. However, its resolution is higher, at 1280 x 720 pixels. It features the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, GMA 950 graphics chipset, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD.
Other features are expansive, including USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a card reader, and webcam. The touchpad is multitouch as well, a big bonus considering that Windows 7 will support gestures. The 6-cell battery is a big plus, running for as long as 7.5 hours.
You can expect Acer’s new Windows 7 netbook by October for 46,800 or around $553. Pricing should be lower in the event of a US release, so keep your eyes peeled.
As it is, most netbooks today ship with Windows XP and the few that actually ship with Windows Vista perform like a college student doing a problem set – i.e., procrastinatingly slow. The important question now is whether a netbook can handle the Windows 7 OS.
According to Microsoft, Windows 7 will have no problems running on netbooks. Windows 7 Starter Edition may be better than its Windows Vista counterpart, but there are still limiting features. (You can’t change your wallpaper. What?!)
Using the WorldBench 6 rating system, employees at the Washington Post tested and compared the performance of the three different versions of the Windows 7 OS with the performance of Windows XP. They used a Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor and the results were that Windows 7 ran slightly slower than Windows XP.
Windows 7 Starter, the edition meant for netbooks, received a score of 31 on the WorldBench 6 test, while the other two versions of the Windows 7 OS received 30s. The Windows XP OS received a score of 33. Three points may not seem like much, but it actually represents a difference of nearly 10 percent – ouch. Ready to reconsider Windows 7?
While Microsoft may have acquiesced to drop the three-application limit to Windows 7 Starter Edition, the price is still proving to be an issue. As we reported a few days ago, OEMs aren’t likely to be too enthusiastic about making the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7. Digitimes explains why:
The current price of Windows XP OEM version is only around US$25-30, but the latest quotes from Microsoft for the netbook version of Windows 7 is around US$45-55 and therefore first-tier vendors are unable to transfer the cost to the netbooks’ sales price due to the fierce competition. The first-tier notebook vendors are still negotiating with Microsoft hoping to bring the price down.
For the sake of comparison, Windows XP Starter was reportedly between “$15 to $35 for each copy [in May 2005], and in April 2009… under $15 per copy.”
So what’s that going to mean for OEMs? A $50 increase in netbook price. For a notebook, that may not be too big of a deal, but with netbooks that often cost under $300 it makes complete sense that OEMs would want to negotiate with Microsoft. The fallout from these negotiations has already become apparent, and if things keep going the way they have we may not even see Windows 7 on Atom netbooks.
Official pricing for Windows 7 Starter is as of yet unannounced, but the other editions may get numbers by the end of the month. Let’s hope for some better news by then.
To maintain the small size of netbooks, Microsoft is not allowing machines that are larger than 10.2″ to run the Windows 7 Starter operating system. Netbooks that have larger screen sizes will be required to run either the Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium editions, which are more expensive versions of the software.
If you want to run Windows 7 on your netbook, there will also be limitations on the amount of RAM you can have on your computing device. The maximum amount of RAM allowable to run Windows 7 will be 1 GB. This amount is referring to the original factory setting though, and does not include potential upgrades. Note though, that the maximum amount of RAM that an Intel Atom processor can support is 2 GB.
The updated specifications for the maximum amount of hard drive space for netbooks that run the Windows 7 Starter is 250 GB for a regular hard drive and 64 GB for a solid state drive.
Netbooks that qualify for Windows 7 Starter can have up to 2 GHz CPUs, as long as they are single core and use less than 15 Watts of power (more than enough for most netbook processors).