Thursday, October 30, 2008

Asus N10 (E/J), MSI Wind and Lenovo S10 Compared

As I was surfing the internet for other netbooks besides my other options, the Lenovo S10 and the MSI Wind, I came across this lovely piece of netbook but has the specifications of a notebook. It's the newly released Asus N10 available in the Philippines as E and J for P35,999 and P39,999, respectively. the Asus N10 has the following specifications:

*Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz Processor
*512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz Front Bus speed
*160 GB or 320 GB SATA Hard Drive for E or J
*10.2" diagonal WSVGA (1024 x 600) Widescreen Display
*Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS with 256MB Dedicated Graphics Memory switchable (for J only) to Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (Intel GMA for E only)
*802.11a/b/g/n Wireless
*Card Reader
*6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
*Licensed Windows Vista
*SmartLogon facial recognition
*Fingerprint reader
*Weight 3.5 lb

With the given specifications, what sets it apart from the netbooks that carry the Intel Atom N270 is its 256MB dedicated graphics memory which is switchable to Intel GMA if the user wants to save power, but this switchability is only available for the J model. Some other things that blow me away are its 6-cell battery which gives it a battery life of 6 to 12 hours and its full-sized keyboards, facial recognition, fingerprint reader and the bundled Windows Vista.

As for one who has considered the Lenovo S10 and MSI Wind, the things mentioned are the factors that I would consider worth paying for if you are willing to pay about P10-15,000 more as thw MSI Wind is priced at P25,999 but only with a 250 GB HD, without the bluetooth and OS. The MSI Wind does have a 6-cell battery for an additional P5,000 and for an additional bulk in the way it looks.

So, with these things in mind, I am torn between MSI Wind and Asus N10J. For full specs of MSI Wind, and Lenovo S10 please check previous entries and the appropriate links in them. (My Comparison of Lenovo S10 and MSI Wind)

Do wait because Acer and HP may release their Atom based netbooks, too.



Frances said...

I want a Sony Vaio! Either the pink, silver or white one! Problem is I don't have the 70K to buy it =(