Topic Title: Kabini
Topic Summary: Good enough?
Created On: 05/28/2013 09:10 AM
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 05/28/2013 09:10 AM
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So I'm thinking on upgrading my 2 year old brazos notebook, which for the most part have been pretty good.

The only real complaint I have with this notebook is that cpu performance can sometimes be lacking. I find myself waiting for the notebook to keep up with the content displayed more than I'd like, and I have to deal with unexplained slowdowns which are annoying.

To be fair, this is a 2 year old notebook that, at the time of purchase, was the best in its price bracket. It served me really well, and the move to Windows 8 actually made it faster that it's now more tolerable.

I really don't like to spend a lot on a notebook, and the combination of a high-res screen, good battery, low weight and affordable price is appealing. However, due to my mixed experience with my current notebook I'm also considering paying more and getting a higher class processor.

Any insights? Please share.



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 05/28/2013 09:55 AM
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Read TomsHardware Kabini Review



Pretty power efficient, but also trounced by the i3 which is in its price bracket, and there are several Intel books out there for ever one AMD. If I were you I would wait a little bit. Vizio is set to release their 10 inch AMD based Windows 8 (not the ReTarded Edition but the full Windows 8) tablet very soon which should be very competitively priced.

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 05/28/2013 10:22 AM
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I'm using the notebook mainly for productivity usage, so I'll definitely get a Full-HD, 11.6"-13.3" monitor.

Also tablets with keyboard docks usually cost more than a notebook so this will be a no-go, as personally I can't find a single use-case for a detachable keyboard (other than procrastinating of course).

One thing to note, from my understanding AMD is pushing OEMs to design Kabini-based notebooks in the price range of 350$-500$. 400$-500$ is definitely Core i3 territory, but seeing the test-units reviewers got have full-hd displays, logic says that at that price Kabini notebooks should offer higher quality chassis, full-hd display and maybe an SSD. If that's indeed the case then for me it'll be a tough choice.

Guess I'll have to wait a while after the hard launch for some youtube hand-on impressions, as if the cpu is indeed good enough for my use case then these graphs don't mean much.



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 05/28/2013 03:18 PM
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Yeah I wouldn't pay too much attention to that if a Brazos machine is still(almost, mostly) doing the job for you.  The gap between the i3 and Kabini is also much smaller in other reviews.  In that case, I'd base my decision on the price, display and other features of each specific system.



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 05/28/2013 05:08 PM
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Another option would be to get a nicely powered laptop such as the ASUS N56DP-DH11, replace the hard drive with a good SSD or one of Seagate's hybrid drives, and get a universal external battery pack. It may not be thin and light, but it also has much greater capabilities which means a longer and more versatile life.

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