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  • vol7ron - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    Is it just me, or can't you find some cheap Dells and Acers around $500 with a Core i3/i5 and similar battery life? They may not have an SSD, but still these netbook marketers/economists are having the same pricing problem that the iPad is having. Except, the iPad actually looks and feels nice - it's unique, which might make it qualify for a higher price, unlike these round-of-the-mill lapbooks :)

    Also, I don't get why they keep using 1.3MP webcam as a selling point? 1.3MP wasn't worth it when it was new, I can't imagine using that as a selling point now, especially since phones are moving to the 5MP (or greater) standard. There's a big leap from 1.3 to 5, perhaps netbooks could settle around 3MP?

    Just my 2 cents,
    vol7ron
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  • Calin - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    You won't find a i7 in a 10" enclosure (maybe not ever in anything below 14"). i7 is a very powerful processor, yet it has too high thermal dissipation to fit inside a small netbook.
    As for now, lightweight 10" with long life away from the socket seems to be a place only for Atom.
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  • vol7ron - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    That may be true, though, I never say "never" :)

    Also, nothing was mentioned about an i7. I had mentioned the i3/i5, but still, I think they could manage to keep all of them cool.
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  • pygo - Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - link

    For i7 in small form one need look no farther then Sony Z (13.3"), or HP 2540p (12.1")
    I am almost positive that there are others. Power in small form factor can be accomplished but not without a price...usually a hefty one.
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  • icrf - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    For a webcam, I don't think you need any more than that. Phones have higher res camera because people actually take pictures of things. A webcam is pretty much just used for video conferencing, something that doesn't require anything more than 1.3 MP. Reply
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    I disagree. Video conferencing is still not as integrated into daily life as it has the potential to. There are a lot of reasons for that, but I think the quality of the stream/images influence people's emotional connection to the idea. 1.3MP was what web cams used 10 years ago, I'm surprised it's still being offered today. Reply
  • jbwhite99 - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    for the record, 1080p is only 2MP (1920*1080). Still cameras are 5 or even up to 18MP, but that is for still shots. My current (ca 2006) Canon A630 is 8MP, but will only shoot 640*480 video. Remember that video is very expensive to store - that's why a 2hr DVD holds 4.7GB - at DVD resolution, you are at about 2-3GB per hour minimum.

    In terms of processor - consider my Dad. He has a pretty powerful 2yr old notebook. But it is a 15" beast. When he travels, he wants something much lighter that will have great battery life - that's what people are getting netbooks for. If you want a gaming machine, get your 15" i7, and watch the battery last 45 minutes, and your lap burst into flames if you have it in your lap.
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  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    I highly doubt any videoconference software is even transmitting the full 1.3MP (around 1280x960) video stream. Lots of bandwidth and lots of processing power to encode and decode. Reply
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    I'm really hoping this is a Matte screen; I want something a bit better than 1024x600 in a 10" package; but the only panel currently in use (1366x768 on some Dell, HP, and ASUS netbooks) is glossy and I detest glare on my screens. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    I'm pretty sure all of the IdeaPad line uses glossy LCDs. Sorry--I'm with you on the glossy hatewagon. :-) Reply
  • echtogammut - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - link

    I will let you know, I have one of these (tablet version w/ all options) on the way. It was only $470 shipped, so I figured it would make a good system for hauling around to clients for demonstrations. I am hoping that it isn't too glossy either. Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - link

    Thanks. Do you have an ETA for it's arrival so I know when to check back here? Reply
  • garfinryan - Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - link

    is it normal there is a line in upper part of the screen when starting the netbook,?, or it is just the graphics is to low that why it shows? or there is a problem with screen monitor
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  • khandees - Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - link

    i have my ideapad for about 4 months. i wanted to set pictures as wallpaper to the desktop but the problem is, when i right clicked the picture, it doesn't have "set as wallpaper" on it. how will i set my pictures as my wallpaper? do i need to update or upgrade my netbook? help please? Reply

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