This product’s novelty is rapidly waning. At a minimum, it will need means of supplying power over USB, keyboard, HDMI cord, and SD card, which would add at least 20 dollars to the price (then there is shipping charges). For over 50 dollars, you have to consider how devoted you are towards the novelty of this device versus the functionality that could be obtained through other options.
Netbooks have held the same price point and similar specs for the past two years, due to increased demand for tablets, hard drive prices being driven up from the flooding in Thailand, and an overall push towards ultrabooks. The Acer Aspire One’s newer models have barely changed from those released two years ago, aside from costing about 30 dollars more and having a larger hard drives. Although the price is no longer as amazing as it was 2 years ago, it still offers itself as a good alternative to the Raspberry Pi in numerous regards.
Check out the sexy comparison regarding those regards;
|Price||Model A base price: 25$Model B base price: 35$Additional costs from shipping, keyboard, mouse, power cord, HDMI cable, 4 Gig SD card (class 10), and case: 50$||Between 220$ and 280$ for most 10 inch models|
|Processing Power||700MHz ARM processor roughly equivalent to a Pentium II 233MHz||1.66GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor roughly equivalent to a Pentium 4|
|Graphic Power||Capable of high definition video. Will probably shit itself with mkv files and highly compressed H.246||Capable of high definition video. Struggles with mkv files at any resolution and shows more artifacts than Lara Croft’s trophy room, but does a decent job with other files.|
|Graphic Output||HDMI output||HDMI output on newer models, VGA on older models. Most have 1200×600 resolution screens, which are too low of resolution to handle most of Windows 8’s Metro apps.|
|Storage||Standard SD card with support up to 64 Gigs, two USB ports for thumbdrives/externals||5400 RPM drives between 160 and 320 Gigs in most cases. In rare instances, solid state drives. Generally 3 USB ports.|
|Power Consumption||2.5 Watts for Model A (no ethernet port) or 3.5 Watts for Model B. This doesn’t include a screen, but 19 inch monitors add approx 30 Watts *At 15 cents per kilowatt/hr the Raspberry Pi running non-stop with moderate use will cost about 1 cent per day.||Approx 20 Watts during regular use, and approx 35 Watts when the battery is charging. With the screen turned off, power consumption drops below 10 Watts. *At 15 cents per kilowatt/hr netbooks running non-stop with moderate and its screen turned off use will cost about 5 cents per day.|
|Memory||256 Megs, shared with GPU||Typically 1 Gig, shared with GPU|
|Battery||Can run for approx 2 hours on 4 AA batteries. Can also run from battery packs such as this one here. There is a great comparison at www.fanjita.org||Approx 3 hours on a 3-cell, 8 hours on a 6-cell. More with wireless turned off.|
|As a Web Server||Extremely cheap, and you don’t need to worry about it starting fires. With specs similar to most bargain VPN services, could likely handle 30 simultaneous connections all accessing a database. Makes a very, VERY good alternative to a bargain VPN, as you will nearly recoup any expenses within a year.||Has an onboard emergency power supply, and is more powerful than the Raspberry Pi. Also would make a fine home server.|
|As a Game Server||Just about perfect for a Quake 3 server.
Can run a Counter Strike 1.6 server with 4 people connected. This is good news for people in 2001 who don’t like to play 24 player games with more than 4 people.
|It is possible to run a 6 person Killing Floor server without any issues.
It is possible to run a Minecraft server off of a netbook, but as soon as you get around 6 concurrent users the netbook begins to double as a space heater.
|As a Console Emulator||Can handle emulators up to Genesis and Super Nintendo.||Can handle emulators up to Playstation. Both N64 and Saturn emulator’s minimum requirements are beyond the capability of most netbooks.|
|Weird/Extras||Doesn’t have a BIOS, system clock, onboard battery, or a power button.||Atheros cards found in many netbooks lead to lots of wi-fi fun.|
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