10" 'book

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  1. joecool85 macrumors 65816

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    Would you guys use a 10" laptop? I know I would. Go portability!
     
  2. Patmian212 macrumors 68020

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    I had a powerbook 2400c which was 10" I believe, it was great for portability but it was HELL to type on. I would only use a 10"er if I had a desktop at home.
     
  3. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    There was a company I saw in one PC mag from a while ago that was advertising an 8" laptop :eek: It may as well be given a touch-screen and relabled a PDA :p
     
  4. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Keep in mind though that with newer high res screens reading on them wouldn't be as bad as it use to. Also, I did mean as a machine that would be good for portable use, not as the only computer. Or at least have a monitor to hook up to for more screen realestate while at home.
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    A high res 10" screen would make the text smaller, which would make it harder to use, so I'm not sure what you're getting at. :confused:
     
  6. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    Not necessarily so. Resolution indepenance is something both X and Vista are pushing, due to res getting higher and higher. 10.5 will do this outa the box (10.4 supports it already, but it needs a lot of fiddling to do)
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Ok, but that's not now. I'm not even sure if that's gonna happen in Leopard, although I hear they're aiming for res independence in that version.
     
  8. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I wasn't even getting that in depth. I'm saying that a 1024x768 10" screen wouldn't be that hard to read.
     
  9. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    unless you are vertically challenged, is a 12'' that hefty to "lug around" for the added screen space and adequate keyboard? Seems a little excessive for the average joe :)
     
  10. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    if i had the money, sure. although i might go for toshiba's libretto u101. 1.2ghz pentium-m, 60gb hard drive, 512mb ram....and 7" wxga screen :eek:
     
  11. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm not vertically challenged. Or weak. I just like functionality. This would be a utilitarian thing. It'd be great if I could actually fit my laptop and a notebook on my desk. The 12" almost cuts it for that. Besides, I always try to cut the excess from things. For me, 12" is too much on the go (almost). 10" would be ideal.
     
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    if the 10" inch ibook is less than 3.5 lbs. like some small pc subnotebooks, then i would go for it

    there is already a built in market for the subnotebook category, so apple inc would not be taking a huge chance on it...the 10" inch lcd screen i have seen on most laptops is actually 10.8" inches or so

    fujitsu, toshiba, panasonic, shart, dell, and sony have all made this type of a laptop and www.dynamism.com has models of ultra portables that eventually hit our (usa) shores in a year or so...that site is like looking into the near future for notebooks
     
  13. mymemory macrumors 68020

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    I have 3 12" powerbook and the 20" cinema display, I used a 15" PB the other day and it seems so huge!!!
     
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    I wouldn't be able to stand a 10" didplay. Wayy to small for me.. I think 12" is the minimum for a useable laptop.
     
  15. runninmac macrumors 65816

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    I would have to see it in person. It seems that if they just thinned out the 12-inch iBook and get rid of the extra edge around the screen it would be great for me. I would probably get an "ultra-portable" laptop then have a killer desktop machine.
     
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    I tried a 10" Sony one day at CompUSA, and I kept hitting several keys at once. Is it even possible to get a full size KB on that small of a laptop?
     
  17. runninmac macrumors 65816

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    I don't think so, the 12 inch iBooks just bearly fits a full sized keyboard it on with a 12 inch screen.
     
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    a full sized notebook keyboard seems a little smaller to me than a full sized desktop keyboard, and i have heard the reduced notebook keyboards on most ultraportables is 95% pecent the size of a normal notebook keyboard

    but that extra five percent reduction in size is too much for some people...i don't type that fast anyway so when i fool around with a subnotebook keyboard, at 95% percent of the normal size, i make the same amount of mistakes and type just as slowly...but the smaller keyboard does not "hinder" me

    but i am a rather small person, 5'7", with small fingers, maybe smaller than average for my height since i have seen many shorter women who have longer fingers

    and also that small hockey puck mouse apple used to have, though a little small for me, did not cause terrible carpal tunnel syndrome...but playing fast, repetitive, stupid lead guitar runs in the speed guitar playing days of the 1980s certainly did a number on my wrists and fingers...but that's another story for another thread ;)

    now when the keyboard is one fit on a small cellphone/pda unit, then that is too small, even for me
     
  19. G-Prime macrumors member

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    I am really hoping that Apple puts one out this year. My 12" PowerBook just died and I am hoping to replace it with someting like this. I think the current Sony sub-notebook has a 11.3" screen, 60GB hard disk, dual-layer DVD burner built-in, weighs 2.3 LBS. I really liked it's size and the screen was very readable.
     
  20. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    I'd be able to stretch to an 11" Widescreen ultraportable iBook/Macbook/iMacbook and would love to see one if they made it about $200 cheaper than the 12" now. :)
    EDIT: Another point to that.. Wouldn't an 11" Widescreen be able to fit the same sized keyboard as a 12" standard? :)
     
  21. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    The old 10.4 inch machines seemed too small, even with 640x480 displays. I don't mind the current batch of 12 inch models and a widescreen 13.3 inch display would be good.

    I think I'd rather have a palm top machine, if I'm going to go smaller than 12 inches.
     
  22. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The key thing to think of here, is that its not a desktop. When I use my laptop, my face is seriously 1.5ft or so away. On my desktop its normally twice that. So the small screen doesn't but me.
     
  23. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    I want the smallest laptop I can get. I don't want to use a stylus on a cell phone or PDA, but I would love something like the VAIO® TX610P/B Notebook - running OS X of course ;)
     
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    My 12" iBook is the perfect portable size. ;) Fits right in my camera bag.
     
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    Honestly, is the extra 1" that annoying? I can imagine having a smaller laptop, but I can't imagine it being necessary. It's small enough, IMO.
     

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