The atom CPU, intel graphics and 1 GB of RAM isnt "giving people the processing power they need". Its giving them the bare minimum. Upgrade that to an E5200, 2 GB of RAM, and a 9400 GT, and you give the average consumer a good computer, which is signigicantly better then the specs listed here, for not to much more money
these computers are for simple business applications. Have you ever been in a library where they have the computers that only run IE and just show the library catalog search webpage? Its for stuff like that.
BTW, I have used a 9400GT 512m and it was pretty slow. The fan never seemed to throttle down so it made my computer twice as loud (ntune wasn't able to do much with it either). I would have been better off with an integrated graphics package.
When I began reading the article I was thinking : "finally, a worthy PC equivalent of the iMac". That feeling didn't last long with those specs! As falchard, maybe if it's priced low it can find a spot on the market. Reallistically, with a 18.5in monitor and XP Home, it could go around 350$.
The applications of these all in one pc's are very limited because of the speed of the processors. For $10 or $20 more, they could've used Intel t2330's or any other pentium dual core low cost low tdp processors and would be used for Windows Vista or Windows 7.
I think these computers are good when idling matter.
Upgrading to a higher processor isn't as beneficial as mentioned;
there's the MUCH higher powerdraw (in the likes of 10X higher than the Atom processor) for only what 2x-5xbetter performance?
The Atom processor runs XP and Linux perfectly, and can on top of that do internet browsing perfectly!
The perfect granma pc! Besides, the Atom processor pc totally outperforms any P3 pc out there!
Not only in performance, but also in power consumption.
The Atom uses 4W TDP. Most Core2Duo CPU's use more than 25W TDP,some nearing 60-80WTDP.
Changing the CPU for library computers, or pc's for people that just check their mails once a month is not beneficial.
Neither for the business where employees need to input data in programs like SAP or other text based programs.
Can you imagine a company running 100x Atom pc's running @ 30W (monitor included) compared to running 100x Core2Duo pc's running @ 80W per pc?
The former you can plug all of them into one electric socket without the fuse blowing (3.000W)!
The latter is 8.000W.
that's 5kwh difference. calculate 5kwh x 5cent = $.25 per hour this company needs to pay less electricity.
x8 hours x 200 days = $400 per year on electricity savings at least!
Not to mention the savings on the purchase of one pc.
I had wished someone could create a poulsbo driver; or MSI using the Nano platform. The power lost on the GMA chipset is about as much as the power lost on the Nano's better graphics card.
I'll wait for a while to see perhaps AMD comes out with a wonderful sub 50nm process platform, or go for the Nano platform.
That one would not only allow better graphics, but I believe is better than current GMA chipset (which is limited to 400Mhz DDR Ram?)
[citation][nom]curnel_D[/nom]This thing could possibly save schools and buisnesses tons of money.[/citation]
no, because it wont be able to do much after a year, or even in the first year. the thing just isnt very strong. most schools have monitors/keyboards already. they'd be better off buying something like an EeeBox or the like, something with a real processor.
schools need to look at the upgrade paths (because lets face it, they arn't going to linux in mass yet)
That system cannot be intended for educational or business purposes as stated! It could work in a library as someone pointed out, but something that is bundled with xp home cannot work in a business enviroment. You need the ability to add it to a domain!