Grudge Match Round 2: Netbook vs Desktop PC

In round one, the Asus EeePC 1201N was up against the MSI CR420 , where the former seemed to have taken the lead, in many aspects. It’s time to bring in a more promising and powerful contender, a full fledged desktop PC, which happens to fall in the same price range, but with a completely different feature set, obviously.

This picture is for representational purpose, the end product might look different

It might sound ridiculous to compare a netbook to a desktop PC, but the point here is that both these products are in the same price range, with the difference of a couple of thousand rupees. So who do you think will bag it this time?

Desktop PC

  • Price: Rs 31,000
  • Motherboard: Asus M4N68TM, Nvidia GeForce 7025
  • Processor: AMD Athlon X2 235, 2.90 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: WD Caviar Green 500 GB
  • Graphics: Onboard
  • Optical drive: LG DVD-writer (22x)
  • Network: Gigabit
  • Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 943 NWX – 19-inch TFT
  • Keyboard/mouse combo: Microsoft Desktop 500
  • Speakers: Creative Inspire T3130
  • PC Cabinet: Circle Delight (Grey)
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Office suite: Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student
  • Status: Available

Upper hand
: Much better processing power, hence better performance, much superior feature set, larger screen, bundled office suite, more scope for upgrades, much more value for money (in terms of functionality) and so on.

Compromise: Restricted to one workstation (not portable at all), no wireless connectivity, no HDMI out.

Netbook: Asus 1201N (full review )

  • Price: Rs 29,000
  • Chipset: Nvidia MCP79
  • Processor: Intel Atom N330 (dual-core, Hyper-Threaded, 1.6 GHz, 1 MB cache)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR2
  • Hard drive: 250 GB
  • Graphics: Nvidia Ion (GeForce 9400m)
  • Screen / resolution: 12.1-inch / 1366 x 768
  • Optical Drive: Not present
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Connectors: 3 USB ports, HDMI, VGA, audio jacks
  • Others: built-in mic, VGA webcam, 6-cell battery pack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth, gigabit Ethernet
  • Color options: Brush Metal Silver and Black
  • Status: Available

Upper hand: Gaming on a super-portable computer (a first), easier to carry, slim and sexy looks, good discrete graphics (seamless HD-playback), better battery runtime.

Compromise: Much smaller screen, comparatively low on ergonomics, no optical drive, lower on CPU performance and very little scope for upgrades.

Now, the fact remains that desktop PCs have always offered much more value for money in terms of the price-performance ratio. But if you look at these two contenders from a functionality perspective, things change quite drastically. Also, it’s understood that both these computers are meant for two completely different purposes, and each of them has a separate audience. But think of it this way, if you are to spend Rs 30,000, which one would you spend it on? If you need a portable computer with more power, chances are that you might brush both these options away and go for a sub-30K laptop. But if you want a home PC (especially if it’s your first computer), then the desktop PC would sound like a steal. Then, if it’s a second computer you’re looking for, then the EeePC might interest you. So what’s your take?

Most importantly, let us know the primary features (and functionality) for which you would choose one instead of the other. The comments section is open for your feedback. Let us know which one should win this time!

Published Date: Jul 10, 2010 12:59 pm | Updated Date: Jul 10, 2010 12:59 pm