This is a totally non Cigar related blog and I expect to add to it for the next few months, bear with me.
So Dell chose me and 199 others in the DC area to test out their new Digital TV Mobile laptop. They are trying to see if it's a marketable product. One of the "rules" is I have to give my opinions about it publicly, and this is public.
First let me tell you about the machine itself. It's a dell Inspirion "mini" or in other words, a netbook. In general, Dell is not a brand I prefer and netbooks don't fit my computing lifestyle. I do recognize many people use them, I see those people, on facebook where ever they're at, watching youtube, playing games...get a life people!
Anyway, the machine itself is pretty nice, It comes standard with 2GB or ram but is upgradable to 8, very impressive. It also comes with a 220 GB hard drive, I assume for downloading porn and other large file types. 3 usb ports, nice for a netbook, ethernet port, VGA out (also nice) and the pre-requisite mic and headphone jacks. That's it.
It's very, very light, I was surprised. The screen is small, as is with all netbooks, but I imagine it's manageable for those that like them small. The trackpad takes some getting used to, but is also manageable. They have put in the "tap to click" option on the track pad which can be especially frustratig. It you touch to hard, it opens whatever the hell the cursor was on. Apple invented this option about 10 or so years ago and summarily dumped it, now I have to get used to it all over again.
The processor is the new Intel Atom. I get it, it's cheap, small and uses low power. At 166ghz it's speed is less than blistering. What they do is integrate the graphics and processing onto the processor which makes it seem even slower. It's designed specifically for small units like this where the average user isn't multi-tasking. If you're in the market for a new computer I would stay away from this chip.
That's enough for now, next time I'll tell you about the TV.