Well the first impressions of the Advent 4211 running OSX are pretty good, however there are a few things that I’m struggling to come to terms with . . .
- Keyboard – I just can’t seem to get on with the smal , . / keys for some reason. Try as I might, I can’t seem to manage to get the one I want. I’m a pretty good touch typist, and can usually get to grips with a slightly different layout with no problem (and switch between them almost immediately) but the fact that these 3 keys are a a different size seems to be neyond me. I will probably get used to them in time, but this could be a problem that might turn me off the Advent
- Battery Life – Considering that I’m planning on using the netbook with OSX. under 2 hours of battery is just not acceptable. I need to be able to use the netbook for 1 hour each way on the train , and up to an hour at lunch without having to worry about the power (idefally using sleep rather than shutdown as well). 3 hours is the bare minimum that I can put up with, and the piss poor 3-cell battery just doesn’t cut it.
- Screen Res – 1024 x 600 is proving less than ideal to use (with the applications that I want). While this problem is going to be found with every netbook (and the screen will probably look awful with a higher res) it might just mean that I need something bigger.
I’m sure more use of the advent over the next week or so will fgive me a better idea as to whether these are deal breakers or not. The battery life however is something that will probably be the killer for me, and mean that I will probably have to buy a 6 cell battery if I go with an Advent, or change the plan and go for something with a 6 cell batter as default.
Time will tell I guess