Saturday, May 30, 2009

Intel Pineview

I've been considering getting an Asus Eee PC. While I was debating which model I wanted to get (mostly between the 1000HA and 1000HE), I noticed that they had two different chipsets. The HA comes with the Intel Atom N270 chipset, while the HE is available with either the N270 or the N280 chipset. Curious, I began to research the difference between the two. As far as I could tell the N280 is slightly more expensive than the N270 but offered improved speed and the ability to decode HD video as well as slight energy savings. But then a rabbit hole appeared, and curious to know what lay beyond I took the plunge.

Pineview. That's all I have to say. Well not quite, but that's the crux of the "problem". From what I can tell Pineview, the code name for the up and coming Atom chipset, is going to be cheaper than both the N270 and N280 and better in every way. On top of that, it would appear that the N280 is being discontinued due to lack of demand. Products sporting Pineview aren't due to drop until at least September though. So I can either jump now and get the N280 while it's still out there, or put off a much needed purchase until fall.

Of course then there's the other dilemma, should I really be looking at netbooks if I'm in need of a primary computer?

Places I got info:

pcmag.com

pcworld.com

i4u.com

...and for those of you interested in keeping up on the latest Pineview news: tinyurl.com/intelpineview

Edit: More Pineview info from InsideTech.



"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."
-Bill Gates

1 comment:

Jane Hadley said...

Pineview may be cheaper for Intel or for the manufacturers, but the stories I've read say that the netbooks that use the new chip will cost more -- in the $399 - $599 range.