The Evolution of the Microsoft/Intel Netbook: Three generations of mini Windows laptops

Posted in Uncategorized by QuietOC on February 12, 2010


Underside of NEC Mobile Pro 900C with PCMCIA 802.11b and CF cards

The Mobile Pro 900C has a Compact Flash slot, a 16-bit PCMCIA slot, and one USB master port. Storage devices are plug-and-play with all three, any other device requires Windows CE drivers. The PCMCIA 802.11b card that came with my 900C was never reliable. But the 900C had no trouble reading and writing a 80 GB USB drive or a 4 GB CF card.

Access Hatch of ASUS Eee PC 1000HA

Access hatch opened on the 1000HA

The Eee PC 1000HA has the standard netbook platform with three USB ports and a SD slot. An access hatch on the bottom of the unit allows the memory, hard drive, and wireless card to be easily swapped out. The memory can only be expanded to a single 2 GB DDR2 SODIMM.

Access hatches opened on the EC1803u

The Gateway EC18 mostly has the same expansion capabilities as the 1000HA, only there is a separate hatch under the unit for the hard drive. The EC18 has two memory slots and can use 4 GB SODIMMs, though officially only 4 GB of memory total is supported.


All three machines use battery packs composed of standard 2200 mAh Li-Ion cells.  The x86 machines have large 6-cell packs which still can’t match the run time of the 2-cell pack in the 900C.


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  1. Fire Basket · said, on November 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    the best and cheap netbooks are made by Asus or MSI, if you want reliability then the best is Hitachi netbooks “

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