Change or stay the same? The future of very personal computing
July 17, 2011 12:46 PM Subscribe
I have a well aged Dell e1505. I'm thinking about upgrading to a 11.6"/12.1" sized AMD Fusion based netbook. Performance-wise, will I suffer a setback, be about equal, or ahead of my Dell?
The Dell e1505 15.5" is a 1.83ghz based on the original CoreDuo (not Core2Duo). I've upgraded it to 3gb RAM. It's a bit big, heavy, and the battery no longer holds a charge.
The AMD fusion based netbook/ultra-portables seem like an inexpensive, but decent platform. I've tried searching for a comparison of the AMD Fusion chips to my 1.83ghz CoreDuo, but I can't find any good correlating information. Could be I don't where or what to look for though.
There's an Acer C-50 based machine at Target for $250 after discount. I know the C-50 is the low-end of the platform. But if it bests my Dell by a decent amount, it would be worth it, not only for performance, but for the portability and size as well.
I don't do much in the way of graphics work anymore. Most of my computer time is spent online. I do have a habit of keeping tabs open (often 50+). I also do a little text editing and some light home photo stuff. I might do some heavier photoshop style collage work in the future, but nothing crazy. I am plugged in most of the day, but it would be nice to have the ability to take the machine on the go.
My wife is all for it. Mostly because I think she doesn't want to see the "giant" laptop dominating the living room table anymore.