Things missing include Bluetooth - which was obviously considered, as there’s a function key for switching it on and off - and a camera, for which there’s a hole above the screen, but with a blanking plate rather than a lens behind it. Another 512MB of memory would be useful, as would a memory card slot where the card didn’t stick halfway out of the case, tempting the dodgy to nick it and the clumsy to snap it off.
The use of the VIA chip hits the Webbook's performance. Although it runs at 1.6GHz, PCMark 05 rates it’s performance at 943, substantially lower than the Advent 4211’s 1.6GHz Atom and the Eee 900, running a Celeron M at just 900MHz. It’s even slower than the original Eee PC 701, running its Celeron M at just 630MHz. Yet another example, if you needed one, that clock rate is little guide to spec-sheet performance these days.
Longer bars are better
The memory index is also lower than these three, and lower than the Advent 4211, running at 800MHz. The saving grace is the performance of its hard drive, which at 4331 beats both SSD and HDD-based competition.
The Gimp Results
Shorter bars are better
OS is Windows XP unless stated
You shouldn’t go just by maths benchmarks though, and running the GIMP Gaussian blur test produces an average time of 7.25 seconds, within a gnat’s underparts of the Advent 4211 and the Acer Aspire One. Subjectively, the machine is fast enough for regular web and office duties, and we never felt we were waiting for it to catch up.
its an scc at £179 quid mind!
£269 is for the 1Gb RAM, 120 Gb disk with Windows XP version.
Try sorting by price and you'll see the A110L @ £198
£5 "new catalogue" discount and free delivery to a local store.
Tesco Direct, just like the Argos they are trying to emulate shows items sorted with the most expensive at the top!
£269 + Delivery, hardly £195..
Which is the point.
At £269..it's only a SC...not a SCC...
@Windows v Linux
It's much easier to tweak applications to run on the strange low resolutions these laptop screens have.
With Windows you end up with dialogs appearing with buttons that aren't visible. In the Linux desktops you can CTRL drag the window so you can see the buttons, can't do this with Windows!
Re: Windows vs Linux & Fundamental error...
I saw one of these in CPW in Chicester recently - it was running Ubuntu Linux!
I assume it was not a one off so here's an option that appears to be less publicised?
On the Linux compatibility side, considering a fully functional OpenOffice, skype etc etc there is no problem with compatibility for the things you want - but compatibility with crapware & viruses plus the consequent need for performance sapping antivirus software is something I can easily do without!
The disapointing things for me were the absence of webcam and the fact that the build quality appeared worse and any other netbook/scc that I've seen. Oh yes and the battery life is poor