I recently had a series of emails with subscriber Ed McDowell, in which he was asking about how well 64-bit Windows 7 handled software that was written for earlier versions of Windows. We also wrote back and forth about email programs under Windows 7.
He followed that with a new question:
My spouse wants a netbook. Any recommendations? All seem to be hung up on Windows 7 Starter. Guess it will suit her needs.
I wrote back to tell suggesting that he might want to consider something slightly larger but with a lot more power and readability.
I told Ed that I had sold my Dell netbook recently — after electing to get an ultra-portable — the Acer Aspire TimelineX.
The model I chose is fast, light and powerful and has an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and a 320GB hard drive. Wireless via 802.11b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet provide great connectivity. Weight just under 4 pounds. 13.3" screen. I love it.
Oh, did I forget to mention the 8-HOUR BATTERY LIFE? Of course, that’s subject to screen brightness, system load, etc. but those "subjectivities" are common to the battery life of any notebook / laptop / ultra-portable / netbook.
I like my screen to be as bright on battery as it is when it’s plugged into the power supply. Well, unless the room is dark. But, if there’s any overhead light, the bright screen is a necessity. Fortunately, that’s a simple change.
I wasn't happy with the netbook. It was a little too under-powered and the screen was too hard to read.
My new ultra-portable has the same screen resolution, but the 13.3" screen instead of the 10" screen made a huge difference. Of course, the Core i3 processor made a huge difference in the system's performance, too.
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