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No worries! Well mostly:)
on August 25, 2009
An impulse buy to replace an aging laptop my wife uses in place of a home desktop. A good price got me interested - but had some worries about 'only' 1GB of RAM and the ATOM processor. Could this bargain basement machine get the job done?
The XL operating system uses less memory than the current bloated VISTA OS and so far - it seems that 1GB will suffice for my wifes computer routine - mainly websurfing/downloading articles and printing newsletters. I believe one can stuff up to 1.5 GB of RAM into this box - but that's plan "B" - and only if needed. I attached the computer to a 22" 16:9 ratio monitor - the shared memory video card seems to handle it ok.
I've attached a 500GB external hard drive to insure no storage problems - but 160 GB internal is a nice size. Setup was a snap, performance is adequate - Microsoft Office runs a little slow (compared to my Dual Core Intel laptop processor)- (EXCEL spreadsheets of any size or complexity of formulas should probably use a more capable machine). Photo editing is yet another decision point. Minor editing is ok using lite software ... but this is NOT a candidate machine for photoshop editing unless it is very casual and one is not used to runing this program on a larger (RAM) and faster (processor) machine. Computer gaming - again - depends how much memory and processor speed needed by the game engine; many graphics intensive games will not run on a shared video memory graphics card ... another place not to press your luck.
Eventually you will forget which machine you're on in a multi-computer household and hit a computer 'brick wall' processing wise ... but it hasn't happened yet. Good value for the money - but don't press your processing luck if you're used to faster machines at work or at home. As said in a previous review - a great second machine and a good value for the money.
A candidate for younger school children and lite office work. A great place to start comparison shopping if you are a budget driven consumer.