R4,000 Laptop vs. Netbook vs. Tablet
Consumers with R4,000 to spend on a mobile computing device have a range of options to choose from, including laptops, netbooks and tablet PCs. Each of these device types has it’s own set of strengths and weaknesses, and targets a slightly different section of the mobile computing market.
To help decide which option is best for you, we’ve compared devices from each category currently retailing for R3,999.95 from local retailer Incredible Connection.
For laptops we’ve used the Samsung RV511, an entry level 15-inch notebook whose list of features closely resembles a desktop computer.
For netbooks we’ve chosen the HP 210 Mini, a mid-to-high-end device that trades size and performance for portability and battery life.
Finally for tablet PCs we’ve settled on the Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16GB, Apple’s previous generation tablet PC that will continue to be sold at a lower price point than the company’s flagship device, the iPad 3.
Below is a table comparing the device specifications:
Samsung RV511 HP Mini 210 Apple iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi
Display 15.6 inch 10.1 inch 9.7 inch
Resolution 1366 x 768 1024 x 600 1024 x 768
CPU Intel P6100 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 1.66GHz Cortex A9 1GHz dual-core
RAM 2GB 2GB 512MB
GPU Intel GMA 4500 Intel GMA 3150 PowerVR SGX543MP2
Storage 500GB 320GB 16GB (Flash storage)
Battery life 3.5 hours 8 hours 10 hours
Weight 2.5kgs 1.4kgs 0.6kgs
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