… is a screen appropriate for working on the Net (which is what Netbooks are supposedly for).
Most websites today are designed at a resolution of 1024×768, and guess what: there’s not one single (good) netbook on the market today that that can display that. All of the current crop, including the deluxe Asus S101 max out at 600 vertical resolution.
The only exception was the first version of the HP Mini, at a generous 1280×768 on a small screen, but while HP should be commanded for lowering the price on the second generation, they blew it by downgrading the screen to 1024×600. Dell’s new Mini 12 comes with 1200×800 resolution, but they blew it, too, by pairing the sleek machine with Vista: before it even hit the market the judgement was out: sleek, but slow.
So that leaves us with no decent notebook as of now. I’m joining Crunchgear’s call: Netbook makers, stop adding fluff (although up to 9 hours of battery life is more than fluff), gives us the one thing we need: decent screen resolution. Note: I’m just making the assumption that the new Asus is still limited to 1024×600, since none of the avalible sources mention screen resolution. Think about it: yes, Netbooks are becoming inexpensive toys, or fashion items for some, but how can they sell this thing without mentioning screen resolution? Utter nonsense…
Conference season is coming, I badly need a Netbook (see, Dennis, there’s my use case) but I want one I can actually use.
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