Dual Core Netbooks: Is there a demand?
Good thing about netbooks
I'm a netbook fan. Most of my recent hubs are posted using my Win XP 11.6" Acer Aspire One AO751H netbook which cost me only $300. I also have a desktop at home. And at work, we use Macs (Mac Mini, iMac, G5, etc).
The most important feature of a netbook to me is the small size and light weight. It is ideal for web surfing and posting while lounging! I'm able to get things done comfortably on my couch or living room floor. Probably not good for posture, but with a netbook, I'm able to check out videos on Hulu, read news, or waste my time on Digg while slouched as the netbook is placed on my chest or stomach. And it's very easy to do so.
When I had a conventional 17" laptop, it was very uncomfortable. The Acer netbook changed all that.
Bad thing about netbooks
Just like anything else, there's a flipside.
The small size of the screen is a pain in the ass for any serious graphics work. And I'm not a graphics designer. I design websites from time to time and I notice the same problem. Small screens are just not right for online designing. For the little designing that I do, the big screens (20"+) at work and / or my desktop (22 inch screen) make a 'night and day' difference.
What about Dual Core Netbooks?
So now comes my question: Is there a need for dual core netbooks?
The reason I ask is because I'm looking to get one. Why? For more speed.
Dual core technology is often used in desktops and conventional laptops (not netbooks) for more computing power. I suppose I can attempt to speak in technical jargon by saying that the setup is two independent processors that are integrated in one circuit so that yadi yadi yada, your computer is faster. To many, this means that pictures load quicker and flash / videos are smoother.
From my 'lounging around' while online, I find it necessary to have a few things going on at the same time. Yup, necessary! Most call it "multi-tasking." To me, it's downtime from work, family, and everything else, that I somehow find it necessary to pack in as much as possible while I have time to myself.
So whatever strikes me, I'd like to have; be it music, videos, games, other websites, etc. In fact, when I sit down to compose a hub, I like listening to Last.FM or live streaming a local talkshow (Frosty, Heidi, and Frank). Many times, I'm semi-watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in another browser. I do these in the background while I read up on current events using Digg, Yahoo, etc. All these websites tend to be graphics and/or flash intensive from ads and features. And having them on at the same time is a big tax on my netbook's processing system.
Not to mention that I must have antivirus actively working every time because I tend to go to public WI-FIs such as Starbucks, Coffee Bean, etc. Gotta always be protected.
Because of the many things that I'm doing at the same time, my little Acer netbook would sometimes crash. It's aggravating. I know enough about computers that I keep my drivers and bios updated. So I know it's the multi-tasking that crashes it. Also, when I focus on one thing only, I don't receive any crashes or slowing down.
Here's the thing. I'm not about to concede to just doing one thing at a time. I'll continue to surf, listen, and semi-watch. I just need to find a way to do so without irritation. Dual core netbooks sound like they're the solution.
Sadly, they do not seem to be available in the US yet. But are expected soon.
UPDATE: October 2011
I ended up buying an Acer Aspire One AO722 complete with an AMD Dual Core Processor, HDMI, Windows 7 Home Edition, and 4GB RAM (upgraded from the stock 2GB). It's a dual core netbook for around $300 and I'm multi-tasking like crazy.