Keep Windows XP on my netbook or upgrade to Windows 7?

With Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) widely available, and netbooks coming shipped with primarily Windows XP, the natural question is, “should I upgrade or is Windows XP good enough for my netbook?”

A detailed review of Windows 7 RC by provides some insight. It ran a side-by-side comparison of XP, Vista, and Windows 7, rating each OS on several factors such as performance, ease of install, compatibility, and stability. Although the review was run on a desktop PC, the review does offer this final opinion to netbook owners:

Whoever likes to play older titles, can do without the newest (graphical) effects, owns a netbook/laptop that is not a strong performer or has old hardware that he/she wants to make further use of, you will still get on well with Windows XP.

Windows XP offers assured compatibility with many of the older software that can run on netbooks, so this conclusion makes sense. We’re comparing an OS with several years of patches and service packs versus a not-yet-released product.

In Windows 7’s strong favor, however, is security- the newer OS was rated much more secure than Windows XP, which was notorious for its security issues.

Still, if you want to make the leap to Windows 7, most netbooks should run perfectly fine with the new OS. It’s basically a decision of compatibility/stability versus security/”shiny factor”.

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This post was written by admin on July 17, 2009

Asus Eee PC T91 Review, Size Comparison

Laptop Magazine posted its review of the $499.99 Asus Eee PC T91 Tablet Netbook. The review only gave it 2.5 stars out of five:

This tablet netbook sets itself apart with an attractive touch interface, but it’s held back by slow performance, a small hard drive, and cramped keyboard.

The T91 uses the Atom Z520 CPU, widely considered to have better battery life, but at the cost of inferior performance to the N270/N280.

If you are curious how the T91 compares with other netbooks in size, Liliputing posted a nice series of photos of the T91 alongside with the Eee PC 1000H and the Lenovo S10.

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This post was written by admin on July 17, 2009

ASUS Eee PC T91 Tablet Netbook Pre-Order

After much anticipation, the first tablet netbook from a major manufacturer is finally available for pre-order in the US.

According to Asus, the Eee PC T91 is the world’s smallest and slimmest touch PC with dimensions of just 8.77 x 6.39 x 0.98-1.10 inches. Weighing a very svelte 2.11 lbs (slightly less than even the 1008HA), the T91 has an 8.9 inch screen and will come with Windows XP and up to 5 hours of battery life.

Pre-order the Asus Eee PC T91 8.9-Inch Black Tablet Netbook

More detailed specifications on the T91:

  • Display: 8.9-inch Gloss LED-Backlit WSVGA touch screen (1024×600)
  • Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • CPU: Intel Atom Z520
  • Wireless Data Network: WLAN 802.11b/g/n (draft 2.4GHz n) and Bluetooth2.1 + EDR
  • Memory: 1 GB DDR2 SO-DIMM (upgradeable up to 2 GB)
  • Storage: 52 GB Hybrid Storage (16 GB SSD + 16 GB SD Card + 20 GB Eee online Storage**)
  • Camera: 0.3 Megapixel
  • Audio: Stereo Speakers, Hi-Definition Audio CODEC, Digital Array Microphone
  • Card Reader: 2-in-1 MMC/SD(SDHC)
  • Input/Output: 1 (D-sub 15-pin for External Monitor) VGA Connector, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x LAN RJ-45, 2 x Audio Jack (Head Phone/ Mic-in)
  • Battery: Li-Polymer Battery, 5-hours*
  • Dimensions: 8.77 x 6.39 x 0.98~1.10 inches
  • Weight: 2.11lbs (with battery)

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This post was written by admin on July 16, 2009