Notebook instead

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After looking at a Mac Mini, these mini ITX systems, I wonder a little bit why folks don’t just get a notebook instead. Essentially most of the technology limits get solved by low power notebook technology anyway and you get a free screen you can use on the road too.
Dell has the Inspiron 1150 Notebook in fact that I would say makes a great HTPC as well as something for the road. It is not as small, but it does have a 14″ LCD screen. That in itself is not a bad TV:
| Apple | Dell |
| $500 | $700 |
| 1.2GHx G4 | 2.4GHz Celeron |
| 256MB | 256MB |
| 40GB | 40GB |
| DVD-ROM | DVD-ROM |
| None | 14″ LCD |
| Ethernet | Ethernet |
| Modem | Modem |
| None | Keyboard |
| USB | USB |
| Firewire | None |
| None | PC Card |
| S-Video | None |
The main advantage of course is that the Apple is so small at 6″x6″, but the Dell is portable and you can watch it elsewhere. Something to think about if performance isn’t a big issue. Also, the outputs for the Dell are only mini-pin analog output and it doesn’t have S-video, but not a big issue is you are output to HDTV.

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