Here’s an idea sent to me by a friend of mine who’s not a computer programmer, but a “suit” working at a Bay Street firm in Toronto (for those of you not from Canada, “Bay Street” is Canadian for “Wall Street”).
Consider two systems, with specs as shown below:
|Component||System A||System B|
|Processor||Intel 1.6 GHz w/ 533 MHz bus||Intel 1.6 GHz w/ 533 MHz bus|
|Memory||1 GB RAM||512 KB RAM|
|Hard drive||160 GB, 5400 RPM||80 GB, 5400 RPM|
|Display||1024 * 600 WSVGA||1024 * 768 WSVGA|
|Graphics card||3D-capable graphics card, also capable of extending the screen onto an external monitor||3D-capable graphics card, also capable of extending the screen onto an external monitor|
|Networking||802.11b/g wifi||802.11b/g wifi|
|Operating system||Windows XP (and probably runs Windows 7 just fine)||Windows XP (and probably runs Windows 7 just fine)|
Although the systems are quite similar, they are from two different generations of portable computer:
- One is an IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad T42 laptop from 2005 (pictured below and to the left), and
- The other is a Lenovo S10 netbook from 2009 (pictured below and to the right).
Which one is System A and which one is System B?
It turns out that System A is the current-model netbook and System B is the 5-year old laptop.
My friend writes:
Netbooks are nothing other than stripped down laptops stuffed into smaller boxes. You wouldn’t buy a 5 year old notebook with the expectation that it would perform like a new one, would you?
The analogy I used when I bough a netbook is that it is like the second vehicle. I use it to run around town and do the small errands. It’s small, convenient and easy on gas but for the heavy lifting or processing, I use my laptop SUV/Minivan.
Previous entries in the Netbooks Suck series of articles: