Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Computer this and that Asus

I ask myself, "What should I do?" I'm going to start school again and my Mac G4's screen bummed out on me. I really like the computer, but the screen flickers when I have the screen on with any brightness. It only does this when it is not plugged into a power source. When I have it plugged into a wall, on the lowest brightness settings, it works ok.

I have really enjoyed my forray of OSX 4.1. I liked the way that the search function gave. I really loved using the two finger scroll. I enjoyed using the apple symbol for every little thing. I enjoyed moving back and forth between windows by using the hot corners. I enjoyed a lot of the software experiences that the mac gave me. I even enjoyed the way that applications were down on the bottom of the screen , easily accessible. That being said, I was not totally convinced of Apple's dominance in the computerized age. This could be because I didn't have the latest and greatest. Should I compare it to the windows xp? OSX wins. Anyways.

Powerbook G4: I'll still use you, as long as your tethered to a wall and don't try to make me seizure.

Back to the what should I do. I took the powerbook to class with me last year on occasion to view the powerpoint presentations during class and as a quick reference lookup. It was heavy and the whole situation with the powercord/screen was buggin'. I think it would still be good to have a computer to take to school/class, but I was thinking that a netbook may satisfy my school needs. The netbooks seem to have similar specs as the powerbook, 1.66ghz, 1 gb ram, 160 gb hard disk space. The netbook even improves by adding in non-flicker led screen, webcam, and 10 hour batter life vs. what I have now, which needs to be close to outlet to prevent flicker and ~1 hour off battery. I was thinking about getting the same one that my mother recently purchased, the ASUS 1005ha-p. It runs around 380 dollars. I can also upgrade the memory to 2 gb for 20 dollars more. Then again, I was looking at best buy, and for 100 dollars more, I could get the ASUS K50IJ-RX05 that they're selling at best buy. It would also be a 15" computer, like the mac that I have, and could be upgraded to the windows 7. The smaller eee pc is a 10" and lighter( 3 lbs), instead of 6 lbs that I could get from either 15". I don't know.

It's one of those things that really doesn't matter, then again, it's fun to juggle and think about. Computers are frustrating to think about. You get one, then there is a better deal later. That's why getting the cheaper netbook or budget laptop seems appealing.

My conundrum remains.

Best buy deal Asus k50IJ-rx05 or the Netbook Asus 1005ha?

Has anybody had any experience with the small netbook computers and school?