Asus has released one of the first dual-core Atom processor netbooks to rave reviews. I have one of the predecessors to this unit (the 1201HAB) which I’ve loved as a secondary machine used for travel and for onsite work with clients. With the advent of dual-core processors and Nvidia’s Optimus graphics-switching technology we are going to start to see some real power and capabilities come to machines of this class.
Is this machine suitable for business use? Not for users who require logging into a domain – that will require an OS upgrade to Windows 7 Business or Professional editions. It also isn’t suitable for users who have to have a DVD burner on their traveling laptop or for those who want a larger then 12.1 inch display. But it sets a new (<$500.00) standard for users who need good processing power, long battery life (> 5 hours) and a robust graphics processor(s) for their day to day work in a very lightweight machine. It also makes blurrier the distinction between what historically been called a netbook versus the classical laptop (or notebook) computer.
Christopher Tippins for The Software Synergy Group