Friday 15 June 2012

Lets look at the specs - Samsung 305U1A and VX6s

As it's going to be a little while before I can afford any new toys I'm going to have to fawn over some specifications.  While looking around for NVIDIA ION powered netbooks (the NC10 doesn't like driving 2 screens) I stumbled across some interesting machines on ebuyer.

The first is the Asus Eee PC VX6S Lamborghini Netbook (£470.00 at time of writing) and the Samsumg 305U1A Laptop (£366.34 at time of writing).  My first thought was WTF!  That's one expensive netbook, and more expensive than a laptop?  Time to investigate.

On paper they are certainly very similar machines.  The key differences being AMD vs Intel CPU and 12.1" vs 11.6" screen.  Likewise, it's Intel vs AMD for the chipsets.  Interestingly, both machines (or at least the 2 specific models I found) use AMD (nee ATI) graphics.  The 2 being similarly specced with the Asus offering a 6470 against Samsungs 6310.  That being said, I'm not entirely sure that's a relevant point.  Both machines have an internal screen resolution of 1366x768 so I'm not sure anything too taxing could be thrown at them.

Asus VX62 Lamborghini Samsung 305U1A
Form Netbook Notebook
CPU Intel Atom D2700 2.13GHz AMD E-450 1.65GHz
Chipset Intel NM10 AMD A50M
Storage 320Gb HDD 500Gb HDD
RAM 4Gb 4Gb
Display 12.1" LED (1366x768) 11.6" LED (1366x768)
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6470 AMD Radeon HD 6310
LAN RJ45 (Unknown) 10/100/1000 Ethernet
WLAN 802.11bg/n 802.11bg/n
Bluetooth 3.0 3.0
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit) Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)
USB 3 (1xUSB2.0, 2xUSB3.0) 3 (USB 2.0)
Graphics Out VGA, HDMI VGA, HDMI
Card Reader 802.11bg/n 4 in 1 card reader
Audio Out Headphone, Mic Headphone/Mic combo
Battery 6 Cell Li-Ion 2600mAh 4 Cell Li-Ion, 4000mAh

I'm going to do a little more research in to the battery life of these 2 machines.  At this point I wouldn't like to say whether I think the Intel or AMD CPU will be more advantageous.  The first netbook I bought had a VIA CPU and a pathetic runtime.  For a machine like this the power consumption is crucial.  Samsung offer a larger battery than Asus.  Whether this is offers greater runtime or makes up for increased power consumption remains to be seen.

While the 12 inch screen on the Asus is tempting, I think this starts to break the idea of what a netbook is.  I'm certainly not one to use novelty, oversized laptops.  I use a 14" as my primary PC.  That being said, it's a Dell Latitude that spends most of its time in a port replicator, driving a 24"/22" display combo.  When on the move, it's a little more practical than the 15"+ laptops available today.

At first glance my preference would be the Samsung due to the lower price tag.

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