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Performs less than expected; but with SSD and 2GIG RAM it performs very good!
on June 1, 2012
I've only had this product for 25 minutes, and I can't tell you how disappointed I was!
First of all, the netbook is very similar in speed to my 4 years old Netbook based on the Celeron processor.
It's just as slow, but my biggest gripe is that it was supposed to play back youtube 1080p video, but it wasn't even able to playback a 720P MKV file without slowing down, and have video lag audio!
*Edit: after further testing, it does play back 720p video, just not mpeg2 at these resolutions, like which can be found on Blue-rays. the Mpeg2 or Mpeg4 video I tested, was encoded under a 4,7Mbit compression; or about 2GB per 1hour of video. It does not play this back. Recommended is higher compressed video's of 4Mbit, or 3Mbit or less. (1-1,2GB per hour of video for 720p is okay!)*
I am sincerely disappointed!
I don't consider this an upgrade to the Asus EeePC 701 at all, as the 701 had a factory speed of 630Mhz, one could overclock it to the stock speed of the cpu of 800Mhz, and ~1000-1100Mhz. Comparably, this N2600 compares to the celeron accelerated to 1,2Ghz.
The fan is constantly on! With the 701 and eeectl the fan would drop below a certain audible speed, eventhough the chassis would heat up a bit. This netbook only drops fan when it's completely passive. Moving the mouse arround, browsing pages, or scrolling through text ignites up the fan!
Third, SUPER disappointed that this netbook only has a single speaker working! Not only does it only have a single speaker working, but the speaker is located at the bottom right, so you'll get the idea that the left speaker broke, but in reality, it's just having one MONO speaker (which is not even centered)!
NO stars for you Asus!
4: The netbook as usual comes with a bunch of uninteresting bloatware that takes about 2 hours of uninstalling, and even then there's still some stuff remnant in the memory.
5: Not upgradeable ram, is really annoying! It takes an engineer to open the device, void the warranty, just to open the device! 2Gig of RaM is necessary! Like others mentioned, this netbook uses nearly 800 and something MB of it's 1024MB of ram! You really can not do a thing with it! After uninstalling all the crapware, and without installing anything special, as well as optimizing the netbook a bit, you're able to lower the RAM usage to 550-600MB of RAM.
*Edit: After applying the necessary Windows updates memory usage is closer to 650MB; after installing few basic programs and 2gig of ram, the netbook is constantly running at 750+MB of ram*
6: The screen is way too bright! I can't work well in low lit environments with it! It's just too bright, and hurts my eyes; even at the darkest setting!
7: It has the less responsive, less interesting Windows 7 (starter) installed. I prefer XP much over 7, but the starter version is very limited!
The only positive surprise for me, and the only reason why this netbook has not zero stars, but one?
The harddrive was faster than expected! Not fast fast, like, still slower than a slow SSD, but not as slow as the N450 netbooks from Acer!
An upgrade to SSD would improve speed drastically, and would still be worth while!
I don't really need all the space though! I'd rather would have had a 32SSD, than this 200GB harddrive, where I only will use 40GB at most of.
*Edit:I just bought a Wintec 60GB SSD and installed it, and it really works well now! Except for the fan being constantly on, and the USB ports being slow, this netbook works pretty ok!*
*Edit2: Ok, the video issue I've been able to address, by selecting hardware acceleration in Media Player classic, and disabling all filters and subtitles, and outputting the 720p low compression video to 800x600pix, 72Hz, it is almost possible to run a blueray DVD recorded at 23.98fps; with a minimal video/audio de-sync (1 second delay over 5 minutes of video).
Key is the hardware acceleration of 720p video reduces 30% of CPU use, disabling all filters reduces another 5 or 10%, especially sharpener, which consumes a lot of CPU. At this rate, playing back video consumes 50% cpu, one thread at 100%, the other 3 at 25%, and the GPU helps out the video somewhat.
In other words, with optimalization it's almost possible to watch a non encrypted Blueray trouble free; and let the display adapter instead of the graphics card deal with the 23.98fps issue (since the graphics card will need all the juice it has to decode the video stream)