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Windows 8: It's goodbye netbooks, hello tablets

  1. #11


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    I don't know - maybe someone who has done it will tell us.

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  2. #12


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    Well gang, doing that resolution hack doesn't really seem to distort images as far as I can tell. All it really does is make the Desktop UI elements a tad smaller but some programs show more content. In metro apps, you can kind of say it's distorted. All that it does is not show a lot of the app so it means a bit more scrolling and knowing you have to scroll over as in the metro design, if there's something on the side like a bit of text showing or in this case, another screen of the app, is supposed to show some on the left to indicate that one needs to scroll over. With the netbook, that isn't there.
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    See, the thing is, an LCD display only has so many pixels. You can't magically make it have more pixels. Its my understanding that the native resolution, which is usually the largest supported resolution, matches the number of pixels exactly. You can use other resolutions but its not optimal for the display. My 19 inch LCD's are 4:3, 1280 x 1024. Not wide enough for Metro snap. I'm sure I could do a registry edit to let me use larger resolutions but its not going to look good. Going wide screen on my monitors is going to be even worse. Netbook screens are even smaller with a lot less pixels. It hardly seems worth while to me if its going to give me a headache trying to read it. I'll reserve finale judgment until I can see it for myself though. If it works for you that's cool. Hopefully it doesn't damage anything. I wouldn't think it would but who knows.
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  4. #14


    One thing that always confused me was all the different terminology. NOTEbook, NETbook, ULTRAbook etc? Best I can figure out was that NET/NOTEbooks were mini laptops with completely ass specs inside (1GB/Integrated graphics), typical FB/Email machines. And ULTRAbooks are ''skinny''/''lightweight'' normal-sized laptops with respectable specs inside?
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  5. #15


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    Netbooks are like baby or midget laptops with low specs and best suited for mobility and light Office work. Notebook is generally referred to as a laptop. And yes, an ultrabook is an anorexic laptop with pretty high end specs.
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  6. #16


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    When netbooks first came out regular laptops were expensive. The netbook was an inexpensive entry level device. The reason it was small with low specs was to keep the price down. Now you can get a decent laptop with a 15 inch screen for what a netbook used to cost. Having a keyboard and being able to run regular windows programs was an advantage. I don't know if they sell very many of them these days. I believe the term netbook came about because browsing the internet was about all they were used for.
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  7. #17


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    I own an acer notebook, nice specs on mine, netbooks really arent much better than smart phones IMO
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  8. #18


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    My daughter has an HP Mini Netbook. About all she does on it is Facebook, and MSN. That's about all its good for really. Like you said, to her its just a big smart phone. We also have an Acer Aspire 5920 that was a hand me down from my father. My wife uses it more than I do, lol, Facebook mostly. I'll take it on the patio and use it for web browsing, forums mostly, and e-mail. The onboard graphics suck so It's not much good for gaming. The glossy screen makes it hard to use in bright sunlight conditions so I don't use it as much as I thought I would.
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  9. #19


    Native resolution on my HP Mini netbook is 1024 x 600 - about 1.7:1 - normal widescreen is 1.6:1.

    TIFKAM doesn't like anything less than 1024 x 768. Running Win8 on my netbook serves no practical purpose for me so I didn't bother trying the hack (which might or might not work on my netbook). I just reloaded the Win7 image I had saved and it's prefectly fine.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    And yes, an ultrabook is an anorexic laptop with pretty high end specs.
    Yep, that's what I am currently looking at for home. A Lenovo X1 Carbon ultrabook. Just gotta come up with the cash.
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