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My Wind arrived

my two little babies

my two little babies

I just got my wind a couple of days ago. I’m typing this post on it right now. It’s an amazing little machine. they keyboard is fantastic for a device of this type – it feels better than the keyboard on my Macbook. Not that Macbooks are known for great keyboards, but still I find it quite impressive for a machine this size.

I’m really quite taken with the form factor as well. It’s so much smaller than I imagined – yet after having used it for a couple of hours the size seems just perfect. My Macbook know feels like it’s massive and very clumsy.

Performance-wise I’m also quite impressed. Granted I’m not using it for anything really taxing, but I see that as being the entire point with a machine this size. It’s great for doing online stuff, twittering, e-mail, facebook. As I read in a review it’s a machine for content consumption not so much for creation.

After receiving the machine I wiped the original XP home install that came with it and then installed XP professional. I don’t think there’s a massive difference, but I had a license lying around so I figured I might as well use that.

I also dabbled with dual-booting and now have a working OSX Leopard installation in separate partition. OSX works wonderfully on this little machine except for the built-in wireless card and the headphone and microphone ports. I’m getting a new wireless card and hope that someone much smarter than me figures out the sound issues. The forums are awesome for getting help with anything related to this

But all in all. Beautiful little machine. Usable in a way the Eee never even came close to be.

Things to love:

  • Awesome form factor
  • Quite satisfactory build-quality
  • Really good keyboard
  • Bright screen
  • Snappy performance
  • Runs quite cool

Things to gripe about:

  • The “, .- ‘ ยจ^” keys are half sized compared to the others and that makes typing fast a problem
  • Battery time is a joke – you’re pretty lucky if you can squeeze a little over two hours out of the 3-cell battery – if portability is in any way a point for you then make sure to get the 6-cell version
  • The insane amount of little blinking LEDs. WTF were the designers of this thing thinking?

I’ll definitely be posting more about this little wonder as I start using it around more.


Unboxing and size comparisons with the HP 2133 mini note

I must admit that I’ve been spending way too much time lately perving on the new HP mini note. It’s just so pretty. So far it’s a little quiet with some hands on real user-reviews, but at least there’s a forum up. I did find some awesome unboxing shots and comparison pics on the really awesome blog journey of a code monkey. Codemonkey74 who has the blog is also one of the first to write about his trouble getting XP installed on the mini note. He’s reporting that most things are working fine, but that there are some issues still with the audio card.

I must admit the machine is looking beautiful and apart from the Via disaster and the less than stellar battery life I’m completely sold.

(picture from journey of a code monkey)

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