Five Disappointing Minutes Reading Pat Moorhead’s Blog

Talk about sour grapes. Patrick Moorhead of AMD (VP of Advanced Marketing… perhaps that means VP of blog BS?) wrote a blog entry earlier this month on why he thinks:

…when in doubt in my opinion, if you want to do ANYTHING other than surfing basic, light websites AT HOME without the bells and whistles, go for the full-size notebook, not one of these cheap mini-notebooks. – Pat Moorhead

Ignoring that the article sounds a lot like an attempt to discourage purchases of existing netbooks (funny, AMD doesn’t seem to have an offering in this market), the comment doesn’t even make any sense. One of the main advantages of netbooks are their vastly enhanced portability over the standard full-sized notebook he compares the MSI Wind to. Indeed the links he provide as examples of alternative laptops are of the Compaq CQ50, a 15.4″ laptop, weighing almost 7lbs. The really ironic thing is even that laptop can’t get more than 2 hours of battery life while playing some videos. You read correctly; the 3 cell MSI Wind and the AMD Turion-based Compaq get about the same battery life, but with the Compaq weighing almost three time as much as the Wind, I’m pretty sure I know which I’d choose if for a portable computer. Real data’s a bitch, ain’t it?

What I am most concerned about is his generalization of the entire netbook market based on a few key points: the inability to encode/decode 720p video, screen resolution, and the poor battery life of the 3 cell Wind. I’d like to point out that the 6 cell Wind as well as the Eee 901/1000 all boast around 5 hours of battery life. The 6 cell Wind can be purchased for $550CAD.

As for the 720p issue, the 1024×600 display resolution should be a pretty good indicator that a netbook isn’t supposed to act as the center of a person’s HD world. That’s like buying a Porsche Boxster and calling it useless when you discover it can’t bring home the king-size mattress you purchased. If the main thing you’re doing on the road is working with high-def content, then no, please don’t bring a netbook; you’d be stupid to. But don’t say it’s useless for “ANYTHING other than surfing basic, light websites AT HOME” just because you bought a proverbial Porsche convertible for use as a moving truck.

I don’t have anything against these new cheap mini notebooks, but I think it is VERY important that consumers are educated to their weaknesses as well as their strengths, and all I see talked about are the strengths, a disservice to consumers in my opinion. – Pat Moorhead

Based on the points I’ve made above, I think you’ll agree with me that Patrick absolutely has something against these netbooks. His comment about the media doing a disservice to consumers is insulting. As an alternative to netbooks, he links to a full-size (15.4″, 6.6lbs) AMD-based laptop that gets the same battery life as the MSI Wind he discredits for poor autonomy. If he were really writing in the interest of helping consumers make an informed decision, he’d link to something like a Dell Inspiron 1525 with an Intel T2390, that gets over 3 hours of battery life and costs $599. Is being a corporate shill the service he’s offering? I see no mention of the weaknesses of the Compaq CQ50, specifically the battery life…

Truly a (terrible) marketer at work. Sorry Pat.


2 Replies to “Five Disappointing Minutes Reading Pat Moorhead’s Blog”

  1. I personally own an MSI Wind with Ubuntu Linux on it. I also have a HP Pavilion widescreen notebook which I’ve never even used the DVD.

    I’m a programmer/developer who operates several dedicated servers and have little or no interest in watching videos or playing games on my computers. Heck, I still even use vi and emacs to edit code so all I need is an SSH terminal and a reasonable browser (been known to use lynx from time to time) and good wifi connectivity.

    The MSI Wind is a perfect match for me because it goes anywhere, gets the job done and doesn’t put a dent in my wallet. The Wind sort of reminds me of my old IBM notebook I purchased in the early 1990’s. I’ve owned at least 10 notebooks since that old IBM but would you believe that IBM still powers up while the NEC, Toshiba, Dell, Compaq latops I bought later are all in the dead technology closet in my spare bedroom with my Palm Pilots and a box full of Motorola cellphones.

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