Am I better buying a netbook or nettop for this purpose?

May 10, 2012 at 04:22:10
Specs: Ubuntu 11, 21.66 GHz / 1024 MB
I'm building a radox base ("Technically" a robot, but it's not exactly). It needs to run of a battery, and be able to sustain at least 7 hours of life on battery. It requires an internet connection, to be running Ubuntu 11.10+, to support python and chromium-browser. Preferably 2gb+ of RAM, and decent processing power. I live in Victoria, Australia; and therefore am limited to what I can purchase.
I've found a nice ZBOX on ebay that sports a decent 1.8GHz dual core Atom D525, with up to 4gb DDR3 RAM, for around the $210 dollar mark.
I've also found an acer aspire one with a 1.66GHz single core N450, with 1gb ram (supporting up to 4gb also, though DDR2 and limited to 800mhz rather than over 1,200 like the ZBOX) for just over $220.

I'm sure my problem is clear. The nettop is CLEARLY the better option of the two, it is also not second hand. However. I'm sure it is incredibly difficult to run a desktop computer using battery power, and it also wouldn't have the power-saving options available. It also doesn't have a display, which may prove useful.

I need a computer that would operate in a <11", <11", <1" environment; and survive with being left on 20h/7d. What is my best option for under $250?

Thank you :)

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#1
May 10, 2012 at 05:27:29
"decent processing power"

You're not going to get that from an Atom.


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#2
May 10, 2012 at 07:32:21
What is this? "I live in Victoria, Australia; and therefore am limited to what I can purchase." Seems like you should be able to purchase common electronic stuff. I'd stay away from auction sites too. Stick with

The D525 is way better but may take more power. There is an AMD processor that takes less power I believe. You might get by with just a board. http://www.google.com.au/products/c...

Hang up and live.


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