For those who are not part of the internet, “srs” is short for Serious. “Seriously” is how much Patrice and I were excited about getting new laptops. When my tax came back we worked out that we would have enough money to get one each.
I did my research, and once I had worked out what Patrice needed in a laptop, and what I wanted in some serious mobile computing usage, we decided to go with the Samsung NC110-A06AU which came in at the incredibly affordable $312 each. JB HiFi were having a sale! The unfortunate thing was there was only 1 in Ipswich, so I had to wait two days to get one in Brisbane, while Patrice had hers and was rubbing it in.
Here are a quick rundown of the specs:
- Dual-core Atom N570 (1.66ghz, hyper-threaded, 64bit capable)
- 1gb (quickly upgraded to 2gb of RAM)
- 250gb 5400rpm HDD
- 6-cell li-ion battery
- 10.1″ screen, at 1024×600
- Multi-touch touchpad
The first thing I did (before I even turned it on) was format the hard drive, and install Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit. It came with Starter Edition, which just doesn’t cut the mustard. (Mustard is being able to change your wallpaper. You can’t in starter) I only installed the 32bit because Samsung only supplies 32bit drivers. Also, I think 32bit is a little lighter on the memory, and with only 2gb, you have to be careful!
Upgrading the RAM was one of the easiest things I have done in a laptop. They take DDR3 SODIMM, which as I found out, is about $20 for 2gb. I took a trip to uMart to pick up two sticks, and ended up with Kingston (cringe) 1333mhz sticks, for $23 each. I was wanting to get the G.Skill ones, however they were sold out. The actual process is about as hard as making toast.
After swapping out the RAM, installing Office 2010, all the drivers, the latest Windows Updates and running Ninite I have to say, I’m more than a little happy with the results. It’s snappy, useful, light, and looks pretty damn cool. The keyboard is even really nice. The only bit about it is the placement of the page up/down keys, and they lack of actual Home/End buttons. I use them ALL THE TIME.
I’m planning on putting basic Adobe tools on it as well, possibly Photoshop and Dreamweaver, so that I can web-work on the run.
All in all, I highly recommend this netbook if you are looking for something quick and easy to take with you. Definitely do yourself a favor and get a real copy of Windows 7 for it though. Starter is not awesome.
p.s. I am putting secrets in my blogs from now on. If awesome webcomic writers can have hidden text, so can I!