as the second rush of Early Adopters-wanna be’s await for Official Korean release of Apple iPad, the earlier ones who have already used the foreign versions know this ain’t no laptop NOR even a NetBook, more so if you had intended to supplement for any serious business . and true to the last script murmured at the end of the hopeful Sci-Fi movie ‘2010 – The Year We Make Contact’ : something /wonderful/ is going to happen .. and I mean in the realm of us roaming business people who always mix business with pleasure : there really is a single wish in the end . to have a powerful notebook laptop netbook with sufficient battery life, that you can carry around . oh, and in an affordable price . and we have TWO for Fall 2010 . sorry, NOT time yet to carry around laptop or notebooks larger than 14″ inch screen //
ASUS EEE PC 1215N Duo ION2 introduced October 2010 lowest online discount around W640,000
Atom – D525 (1.8GHz) – LED backlight – 12.1″ inch 1366×768 – 320GB HDD – 2GB DDR3 RAM – OS NOT included – NVidia ION2 – share system memory – weight 1.46Kg – 6cell battery – 100Mbps LAN 802.11n WireLess – HDMI D-SUB WebCAM BlueTooth – Multi-Card Reader Slot – block keyboard – colors in Red, Black or Silver
yes it is an Atom . the wonderful chip that drove made-for-mobile NetBook onto us but that lagging feeling, even when running your basic Microsoft Word OR Adobe Acrobat – the price we paid for putting all this into a tiny ultra-portable computer – never went away, until now in Duo 😉 mid October 2010 currently most sellers have only Silver
ACER Aspire TimelineX 3820TG-5464G50n introduced September 2010, lowest online discount around W1,070,000
intel Core i5 i5-460M (2.53GHz) – LED backlight 13.3″ inch 1366×768 – 500GB HDD – 4GB DDR3 RAM – 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium – AMD(ATI) 라데온 HD5650 Graphics 1GB – weight 1.84Kg – 6cell battery – 1Gbps LAN 802.11n WireLess – HDMI D-SUB WebCAM BlueTooth Multi-Card Reader Slot – color in Black
- a rather carry-able weight notebook laptop in
- ultra-thin (term for notebook category used in South Korea from 2009 for thin laptops with enough power comparable to a working desktop, so more on the costly range usually Sony, SamSung or LG)
- with enough power to play but the most extensive games out late Summer 2010 and
- sufficient battery life of 4 to 8 hours (now this depends twice battery hours whether you are using the basic OR added graphics card)
no complaint what-so-ever . except that ACER has had a bad, when there were, and not long a product support history, NOR reliable at that, in South Korea . but we all want to forget that OR simply deny this vital Achilles’ Heel exist at all, for this cotton candy seem so downright delicious ! yummy
[ December 15th update ]
since the release of the new Apple MacBook Air 13″, this is the cheaper AND a bit heavier alternative among young Korean college students . now with an attractive price of an incredible W910,000 at certain conglomerate on-Line shopping malls – currently Lotte iMall, CJMall and Farmers and Fishermens SNeShop – accepting periodical 5~8% discounts on specific credit cards such as KB KookMin, BC, HyunDai or ShinHan (formerly LG).
adding to the line-up is faster but more costly Core i5-560M 2.66GHz selling for W1,030,000
and a prestigeous Core i7-640M 2.8GHz at W1,300,000 with discounts – but the fun part is that you can inter-change and upgrade the CPU yourself from the basic 460M model above and save almost W100,000 after selling the original CPU .
also, 2 months after my original post, buyers who bought mainly for the relatively bargain price, are still having a hard time with Acer product support in South Korea . almost to the tune of HTC cell phones who receive calls from Taiwan across the sea . attendants response is sloppy and they don’t have parts to fix AND will NOT admit anything is wrong . as I accentuated in my laptop or notebook dedicated information Page on the top menu : product support is a serious matter to consider when buying a portable machine where the latest technology is crammed into miniscule space PLUS the fragile LCD screen . so to me this is still gambling in Las Vegas .
– Korea Tech BLog, October 2010 –
[ November 1st update ] guess what the cat dragged in ? 2 new subnotes that slid in to complement your decision on the above two :
Asus EEE PC 1215T introduced October 2010 lowest on-Line discount W500,000
AMB Athlon II Neo K125(1.7GHz) LED backlight 12.1″ 1366×768 / 320GB 2GB DDR3 RAM / OS NOT included AMD(ATI) Radeon HD4225 1.46kg 100Mbps LAN 802.11n Wireless HDMI D-Sub WebCAM BlueTooth Multi-Reader / block keyboard red,black or silver
– single core but price-wise than above Asus EEE PC 1215N Duo ION2 –
Asus U35Jc-RX109V introduced October 2010 lowest on-Line discount W1,000,000
intel Core i5-460M(2.53GHz) LED backlight 13.3″ 1366.768 500GB 4GB DDR3 RAM / 64bit 7 Premium nVidia GForce 310M GMA HD dual graphic / 1GB DDR3 1.9kg 8 cell batteries / 1Gbps LAN 802.11n Wireless HDMI D-Sub WebCAM BlueTooth face recognition / Multi-Reader block keyboard in black only
– at around the same price : slightly less specs than ACER Aspire TimelineX 3820TG-5464G50n above, but with more dependable product support in Asus –