The Happy Hackin Keyboard Proffesional 2 is mechanical keyboard sought by many keyboard enthusiast. While I had my eyes on it for while, I never had the funds to purchase such a classy and premium keyboard. To my surprise I was given this keyboard as a gift on Christmas day. And while my first impressions were nothing mind boggling, this keyboard soon became one that I swore by. Continue reading Simplicity: Happy Hacking Professional 2 Keyboard Review
The Realforce 87u is one of the best and prestigious keyboards in the world. This keyboard is sought after by many programmers, secretaries, and other professionals that spend most of their day typing. This keyboard uses the capacitive Topre switches which are arguably, the best key switches in the world. While this keyboard is often considered a mechanical, Topre switches are technically a hybrid switch. Part rubber dome, and part mechanical spring. For the sake of simplicity, Ill refer to this keyboard as mechanical. Now that we got that asside, lets talk about this keyboard. Like I said, the Continue reading The Best Mechanical Keyboard? Realforce 87u Review
Around late 2007, a new computer entered the consumer market by appealing to users who wanted something in between their smart phones and laptops. Filling the gap, theВ NetbookВ was born. The main purpose of the Netbook? Its a computer that can browse the Internet, type documents, and still be portable. Most netbooks are powered by Intels underwhelming Atom CPUs which improved longevity. Besides their small form factor and long battery life, netbooks continued to penetrate the market with their attractive pricing. Most can be bought for about $300 and even giant retailers like Wal-Mart and Target started selling them. They also worked great on Linux and I even bought one! Whats not to like? They were portable, В affordable, В and cool. Today, theres a general consensus thatВ the Netbook is dead or dying. Can this be true? Lets take a look at the signs.
The mainstream do not like Netbooks. Netbooks are looked at as cheap, underpowered laptops. The mainstream values power over longevity. This is probably why people drool over the latest 1-2Ghz smart phones but battery life is a second thought. The same can be said about computers. If you think about it, marketing power is easy. This laptop is the fastest on the market sounds much more appealing than This netbook lasts twice as long as that fast laptop. Power is easy to market and trying to sell an underpowered laptop is difficult to say the least. Another reason the mainstream dont like Netbooks is their build quality. Netbooks are affordable. The side-effects of affordability is a reduction inВ quality. In order to keep their prices down, luxuries like a metal body must be replaced with plastic. One can argue that you are getting a good value, but try convincing that to a culture that is infatuated with expensive iProducts.
MSRP Buy I mean Best Buy
I was in the market for a netbook last year and Best Buy had tons of them for sale. Unfortunately, they all had the N450 single-core processors. I spoke to one of the staff and asked him if they were getting the dual-core N550 soon. He told me perhaps they are clearing out the N450 netbooks before they stock in the new one. Flash forward a year later and Best Buy still has these crappy N450 Atom netbooks on their shelves! Im glad I didnt wait. I ordered my AsusВ EeePC off Amazon and put that sucker to work. If I am in the market for another netbook, my money will probably go to Amazon again. Why? Because the retail industry suck. Why, after a year, does Best Buy still have netbooks that are years out-dated? I mean, this is not a flea market. This is supposed to be an electronics retailer. Electronics go out of date the day they hit the store shelf. Lets get some new models already!
I think a few things might be going on. They could be liquidating the ones they have in stock. That makes some sense. If netbooks are dying, why order new units? Why not just get rid of the ones you have? On the other hand, if you are trying to sell a bunch of new tablets, why promote a competing product? Out with the old, in with the new, right? Maybe retailers dont have much faith in netbooks anymore? Maybe they ARE dying? One thing is clear, if netbooks are not dying, the retail industry is not helping.
The Tablet Experience
Many analysts predicted that the tablet market will eventually kill off netbooks. People needed a product to fill in the gap between their phones and their laptops. Netbooks and tablets did just that. Although netbooks had a head start in the market, tablets continue to fill the shelves of electronics retailers gaining massive popularity. Another interesting thing about tablets is their demographic. Both tablets and netbooks aim at similar markets but tablets are more geared towards consumers. A netbooks main strength is the physical keyboard and full operation system. Tablet OS are less featured and generally dependant on app quality. App design and quality varies on most tablet OS and they havent had as much time to mature compared with traditional desktop OS. Tablets seem to have a disadvantage, right? They dont have keyboards. Their OS is not geared for production. And yet they are still more popular. This leads me to believe that most people are looking to buy tablets for another purpose; consuming media. And that is probably why the netbook is dying. The gap between smart phones and laptops is more fit for consumers than producers. Producers would rather use a laptop or a desktop to edit images and video over a netbook. The only real production work you can do on a netbook without hiccups is word processing. With tablets, you can browse the web, listen to music, view photos, watch videos, and play games easily. You cant really edit videos or images effectively on tablets but consuming media fulfill the needs of most people. Perhaps in the future, they will be powerful enough to handle production tasks.
In the meantime, the relatively new experience of using gestures and a touchscreen as a main input method is fun and intuitive. This tablet experience makes it easy for anyone to pick one up and use without being well versed with computers. Maybe the market is asking for a new way to use the computer.
The Future of Netbooks?
Do I think netbooks are dying? Yes, sort of. Netbooks are becoming less popular in the mainstream but there is still a demand for them. Students who want a computer are still more likely to buy a netbook over a tablet because of their physical hardware keyboard. Netbooks are becoming a bit stale. Theres nothing about netbooks that really impresses consumers. They dont offer anything new. Sure they are smaller and slowly getting more powerful. Anything else? The tablet experience is fresh and while some people thought it was a passing fad, they are still going strong. The fact that netbooks are small and affordable means they can be transported easier by student and purchased in bulk by school districts. Aside from the education sector, netbooks in the consumer market only seem to attract a small niche. Unfortunately, unless something drastic happens, like a huge bump in processing power, I continue to see interest in netbooks decline. As someone who is a part of this niche, this makes me sad. What do you thing? Are netbooks dying?
В There you are, sitting on your office chair. Feeling comfortable and good about yourself. Let me tell you something. You are lost. You are a nobody. Why? Because you dont have aВ mechanical keyboardВ in your life! Like some evangelical preacher, I have an idea I need to sell you. That is the glory of the mechanical keyboard. If you accept the mechanical keyboard into your life, you could be experiencing increased comfort, improved productivity, and glory! It will change the way you type forever! Dont just ask me, there are plenty of fanatics that have forever converted from using cheap, rubber-dome keyboards to high-quality mechanicals. I have made a short list of five reasons why you should switch to a mechanical keyboard. I have faith that you will see the light. Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Mechanical Keyboard
Buying a netbook as a secondary machine can be extremely beneficial to your everyday task. With technology improving and becoming moreВ affordable, netbooks are starting to feel like a must have. If youve been following the articles Ive written, then you must know by now that Im searching for a netbook to help with my basic needs. Not too long ago IВ found one but, due to heat issues I ended up returning the Lenovo x100e that I picked up. В While Ive been waiting my refund, Ive done some extensive research and deep thinking on what I should be considering when purchasing a netbook. To save everyones time, Ive decided to create a five point article that, in my opinion, explains what to look for in a netbook.В At first glance, these points may seem basic, but if you really consider what a netbook is and what it is intended to do, then this list will make complete sense. Keep these points in mind when buying a netbook and buyers remorse will be at its all time lowest! Now,В lets get down to it!
1. Price.Keep It Cheap!
My first two points, price and power will go hand and hand. A netbooks cost is the first thing that should be considered. Why? The entire appeal of netbooks were that they were small andВ affordable. Yes, Affordable. While doing some bargain research on amazon, I found that some netbooks went above 500 bucks. Okay, I admit, some were considered, Ultra-portables, but with that said,they had the same exact specs as what you would find in a netbook. (Not all of course)В You can find very cheap netbooks that will do your basic task fine. But when the cost of a netbook starts to becomeВ comparableВ to what some low end laptops cost then you may want to reconsider your purchase. You might as well buy a low end laptop at that point correct? В I know the argument to be made here would be that a netbook is nice and small while some laptops, especially low end ones, arent. This connects to my next point to keep in mind while purchasing a netbook.
2. PowerEnough For What Its Intended To Do!
Be sure to read our article on this specific topic here. If you were going to spend x amount of money on a netbook because of power then you must consider how much power you will actually be getting. В I, PERSONALLY, В would rather spend 250 bucks for a netbook that could do task such as, word proccessing and simple web browsing then spend 500 dollars to be able to be able to watch a 1080p video on a 720p screen. (Most cases)
For the most part, a netbook will be your secondary machine, so the smarter purchase would be to buy something at an affordable price and get the performance that you intend to use it on.
Yes, some netbooks have dual core, ion2 graphics, etc. So, if you do intend to stretch your netbook to do more, it certainly can. Just keep in mind, this machine may be your secondary machine. Do you need to invest more money to get power you may not use? Or is it just a convenience thing? Either is fine by me, but just remember to keep that in mind when youre making your decision.
3. Battery Life.Portability That Only Last 1 Hour?!
When I bought the Thinkpad x100e , the battery was pretty much unacceptable to the majority of my friends. В However, it was fine for me. (3 or so hours) But battery life, inВ general, is something to be considered. Ive read many reviews on some netbooks/ultraportables only lasting 2-3 hours while others have gone up to 8. В To your average user the appeal of a netbook is portablity. Meaning, you will bring it around. So of course youre better off traveling with a netbook that last 8 hours then one that last 2 hours. Lugging that charger with you would take away the idea of portability.
Do read reviews on the netbooksВ battery lifeВ because the battery life listed on the tag isnt always so accurate.
4. Keyboard. Remember, Youll Be Using it A lot!
Undoubtedly, read reviews on any netbook you plan to buy and keep a keen eye out for what they have to say about its keyboard. If your buying a netbook then, again, chances are you want to do some basic web browsing and word proccessing. A few of my friend and I have talked about this subject. They all own netbooks to do essays or hubs, and I intend to get one to do the same. I often go out and write extensively long files and it is unquestionably better to have something comfortable to type on.
Do check the keyboards flex. Too much flex on the keyboard is just horrible. If you dont know, some netbooks, ultraportables, and even normal laptops have flex. When you press a button down you can feel the keyboard sinking in. It not only slows your typing down but it makes your netbook feel cheap and unreliable. If youre looking for a netbook with a nice keyboard check out the x100e, or the x120e.
5. DisplayBeware The Glare!
While I was looking to buy a netbook, I didnt really consider resolution. (Most of them are pretty standard) However, I do consider the option of matte or glossy an extremely important one. A lot of people buy a netook as their secondary machine and as IveВ В mentioned multiple times, they travel with it. The last thing you want is huge glare on your netbooks. While a glossy screen is better at videos, you really should consider how often you plan to watch videos, and out of those times how often you plan to take them outdoors. If you realize that youre going to be doing extensive typing in sunlight more often then you plan to watch movies indoors, then the matte or anti-glare option may be your best bet.
Even when Im at Barnes and Nobles, or Borders, I notice that the glossy display still brings along a tad bit glare. Not always a deal breaking but something to defintely consider.
However, there is nothing wrong with only using your netbook at home. If this is the case then I dont see why glossy wouldnt fit your needs. Just think deeply on your personal Usage
I chose those five because I honestly believe, after doing some extensive research myself, that those are the main things to consider while purchasing a Netbook. I left out ports because I personally dont feel the need to have 10 USB ports when im out on the go. 2 is perfectly fine for a Netbook, especially on the go. Good Luck on your buy and remember when in doubt remember the five points Ive shared!
If Ive left anything out, feel free to leave a comment below and IllВ definitelyВ get back to you.