We ran our customary PCMark05 and The Gimp performance tests. One of the NB100's function keys flips between the standard 1.6GHz and an underclocked mode which the netbook's manual suggests doesn't use a fixed frequency, but oscillates up and down, according to the workload.
Longer bars are better
Our PCMark05 results for both settings were consistent at each CPU setting, so we'd say the underclock simply drops the CPU speed to 800MHz and keeps it there, otherwise PCMark05 CPU-taxing algorithms would surely cause the code up maximise the clock speed, which the numbers show was not happening.
The Gimp Results
Time in Seconds
Shorter bars are better
The Gimp results are good, though you can clearly see the impact of underclocking the Atom processor and - as the chart above shows - of knocking back the memory speed too.
1024x600 lovely jubbly
1024x600 native resolution on a 9 to 10"" screen - lovely, just right for email and web browsing where seeing icons and text properly are the issues. Could it even be by design?
I Love my brick!!!
I have had one of these since their release and have had none of the problems Patrick has mentioned. The screen is beautifully bright and much sharper than most other netbooks I have seen. I have not seen any rippling. With my wireless connection, page loads are pretty instant, so I suggest that he take task with his ISP or his wireless setup.
I think that although there is not much to tell between netbooks, the build quality, screen and HDD capacity are a cut above.
Mine also runs World of Goo, Quake 3 arena, AVP2, Half-Life, Adobe Indesign (tiny tiny DTP!!) , Photoshop and Microsoft office quickly and smoothly. It comes with me when i travel and it sits on my coffee table at home when I need it. I love it.
This is a far cry from the spectacular Libretto U100, have all the Toshiba engineers that made that great sub-notebook 3 years ago left Toshiba?
I still prefer my U100 (running Mandriva Linux) to any of the current crop of netbooks, even the 1.2GHz, 2MB cache Pentium M inside it, is noticeably faster than any Atom.
get the aspire one and load linux on it. a friend of mine had a toshiba laptop and while the specs looked good, i just didn't like their windows only crap.
er, it's crap?!
traditional HD, only 600 verticle res, 1gb of ram and a single atom?
i thought you said this was "serious"?
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