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10/1/2012 05:11 PM EDT
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DMcCunney
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re: Ultrabook falling short of expectations
DMcCunney   10/3/2012 9:43:06 PM
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Use cases are another factor, and I think cloud computing will be a driver. Back when ASUS created a new market for the netbook, I looked around, but no one was making what I was interested in: a model with a 10" screen and *no* HDD. I wanted a pure SSD solution, and didn't *want* an HDD because moving parts break, and I wasn't going to be storing all that much on the device itself, so I didn't need HDD storage capacities. Anything I downloaded to the device was unlikely to stay there: the netbook was a small light travel device, but downloads would get transferred to other storage media when I was home and not traveling. With cloud computing increasingly pervasive, and things like Google Docs more widely used, the *need* for local storage on an ultra{book|thin} drops. SSDs are still more expensive, but how big an SSD do you *need*? In my case, one large enough to hold OS, apps, and some local storage for work files and dowloads that will be transferred elsewhere. 32GB might be more than sufficient, and SSDs in that size are increasingly affordable.

Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   10/4/2012 2:22:34 AM
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After you get to a certain point in small, any additional reductions in weight will not be enough to compensate to increased cost or decreased performance. Apple gets away with it because of the cachet that goes along with it being an Apple product. Most Windows laptop vendors (if any) just don't have that ability to get away with such a price premium.

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