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post #31 of 53 Old 05-12-2010, 01:18 PM
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I have a single-core ATOM Acer Revo 1600, using the ION LE chip. Upgraded to 1.5GB DDR2 RAM and still using the internal 160GB (slow) hard disk.

With the latest Nvidia drivers and the beta version Flash (mentioned in an earlier post in this thread), the Revo plays everything I can throw at it. Including Blu-ray DVDs. Without stuttering.

Yes, the Windows 7 Media Center interface is noticeably slower than my dual-core desktop. But I don't try to run Media Center on the Revo, I just use it as a play-back system. For that, it is more than adequate.

If the Lenovo had been available when I bought my Revo, I would have went for the Lenovo...primarily because of the cool multimedia keyboard.
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Until they make a stronger atom processor. I say thumbs down. To slow to do anything on the web without it lagging up.
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interesting that you guys have problems with online content like MLB.tv , espn3 or HULU - they all work flawless for me - netflix as well (even though that is using silverlight)

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If you don't want others led astray, stop acting like this thing is gonna run video like an I7 powered Quad-Core PC.

But it does. Full HD. No stutter. What more does a Quad-Core PC do for full HD? It does have to be setup properly, though, whereas a Quad-Core will just blow through stuff.
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So we've got guys here, that own something spec'd similarly, telling you guys to beware, this may not run great, from our own experiences, and that's still not good enough, or somehow we're wrong.

I think I'll just bow out of the thread at this point, apparently our experiences with these types of products isn't sufficient with some of you.

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So we've got guys here, that own something spec'd similarly, telling you guys to beware, this may not run great, from our own experiences, and that's still not good enough, or somehow we're wrong.

I think I'll just bow out of the thread at this point, apparently our experiences with these types of products isn't sufficient with some of you.

No need to bow out. There are just a bunch of OTHER guys having OTHER experiences. Not wrong... it's just not the way it always works, either. You do have to have Flash 10.1 and GPU accelerated BD playback. It just needs to be setup right.

The key word is "may". Yes... that's true. You're not wrong.
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So we've got guys here, that own something spec'd similarly, telling you guys to beware, this may not run great, from our own experiences, and that's still not good enough, or somehow we're wrong.

I think I'll just bow out of the thread at this point, apparently our experiences with these types of products isn't sufficient with some of you.

Couldn't agree with you anymore then i already do. Dam, i really need to learn how to talk better. lol
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I got 3x of those all-in-one keyboard and roller ball mouse. Very accurate on my HDTV connected to 4-core HTPC/SageTV Recorder. Got pretty much set on 3x HDTV. I don't have the NetTop box though.
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I wonder if that mini keyboard setup will work on any PC. Looks like my Logitech Dinovo Mini.
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Most netbooks come with slow hard drives and that is actually the slowness many netbook users experience (slow read/write speed). You can upgrade to a faster SSD drive or implement some type of RAMDisk for caching that will speed up your netbook experience.
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If you don't want others led astray, stop acting like this thing is gonna run video like an I7 powered Quad-Core PC.


OK, works quite poorly....how's that? It stutters badly even when using MLB.com's MLB.TV feature and that is HARDLY the most taxing piece of video out there.

It should run exactly the same as the i7 machine, since even the cheapest video cards out these days can handle decoding of HD video. There may be other bottlenecks in the system, such as low RAM, slow HDD, etc. but no video should be stuttering on an ION based system assuming everything is set up properly.
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Not sure why anyone would get this when the Ion2 stuff is starting to come out, honestly.

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Not sure why anyone would get this when the Ion2 stuff is starting to come out, honestly.

True, but I doubt ION2 systems will be $250.
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True, but I doubt ION2 systems will be $250.

True, but it comes pretty close. Just add your own HDD and RAM, for $250:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16856173005

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What I wish is that Zotac would start including a TV tuner on their ITX boards. It would make them infinitely more attractive to me.
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AnandTech has a review of the Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11 which uses the new ION2. ION2 is a discrete GPU. According to their review the ION2 is a mixed bag - some good things and some bad things.

Review:http://www.anandtech.com/show/3702/z...se-than-ion1/1
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http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.35909

thought some of you might be interested
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"Bought my wife a netbook last week that runs the new Atom and it's the slowest thing I have seen in years. I put another gig of RAM in it, to give it 2GB thinking that would help, but uh uh, nope. Turns out, the processor is a REAL dog when it comes to anything moderately processor intensive. Even flash videos slow the thing down to a crawl. I would not buy anything powered by an Atom, even for that price."

Which netbook and what are the specs?

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i like keyboard and mouse!!!
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I see the Q150 has made it's way onto the market - anyone have any experiences with it yet?

Curious to see - I'm thinking of either this or building a Core i3 system. If this can handle playing HD stuff without a hitch, I'm all for it. I'd rather spend $300 (i get a corporate lenovo discount thorugh work) than $500+ on building a machine.

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Have you ruled out the Acer Aspire Revo 1600? It plays HD without a hitch and is $200.
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hjackson,

If you want fluid 1080p playback with multiple file types you really should get the Atom 330 with ION in either a nettop or a netbook. Acer has a nettop(3610) with it and Asus has a netbook with it (1201N).

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