From a numbers-only standpoint the NEC
Versa come in with lower benchmark scores than the Acer 739TLV. Remember though that there was
a 100MHz difference in operating speeds between the full-size notebook and the UltraLite. In real life
the differences are much more subdued, and for the most part
The only instance where we really noticed a difference in
performance between the two notebooks was while installing some rather bulky
benchmarking software. In that one case, the NEC began installing the benchmark
straight from the hard drive first, but finished after the Acer notebook which
was started a minute or so later.
considering a notebook such as the NEC UltraLite it is important to think about
what it will be used for, and indeed what it was intended for in the first
Subnotebooks are slimed down versions of what are now increasingly
heavy notebooks. While the term notebook used to be synonymous with portable
computing, it now almost seems to apply better to "semi-portable."
Notebooks have always been a few steps behind the speed of desktop
systems, and by bringing them into the 1.0GHz range the rules are being eroded
in favor of decidingly unportable aspects. Now there is nothing even slightly
bad with a super fast computer, but if it burns through its battery in only few
hours while burning a hole in your pants that is hardly the ideal situation.
The new class of
subnotebooks have entered the marketplace to address the power and weight considerations that have been
around for many years. By creating small, lighter, and longer lasting subnotebooks, the
industry is essentially extending the reach of the PDA, and notebook computer
to a more useful and efficient device.
PDA's maintain very long battery life
spans, but lack most of the core features we really need while away from the
office. Full-size notebooks pack in everything we could possibly need from the
office into a black rectangle which can be lugged across the continent, but
lack the real day-to-day portability of the PDA. By combining just the right elements from
each of these two species of computing devices, the subnotebook meets the
criteria of each region, with only a few compromises. In particular the
NEC Versa UltraLight does this very well.
While technically the Versa UltraLite
comes in short on the benchmarks, the real world sacrifices to
"performance" were really only evident as a second or so when booting Office or
PhotoShop, or while installing some software. Hardly coming near to anything detrimental
while working on the machine at human speeds.
Let's face the facts. I
would rather work longer on the UltraLite
for the 90% of the time that I will
just be typing, than run out of batteries on the Acer
(while typing) for 10% of the time where I will be able to
encode an MP3 X-percent faster. Bottom line, the UltraLite is a sleek
notebook with long battery life and good performance.