The MSI Wind continues to top out the charts as the most Macintoshable netbook around, but what’s real life performance like, non-anecdotally?
The guys at Apple Different did some good old fashion benchmarks, and discovered that an Atom N270 at 1.66Ghz and 1GB of RAM churned and cogitated Leopard better than a late 2004 iBook with a Power PC 1.33 GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, with a boot up time of around 48 seconds to the iBook’s agonizing minute.
That’s not exactly what most of us would call lickety split, and if you don’t care about boot up, the Atom fares even worse, unzipping files and converting albums slower than the iBook.
It’s food for thought. An MSI Wind continues to be appealing for being an almost out-of-the-box Mac hackable netbook, but I’m not sure I could stomach those performance sacrifices when I could just run XP or something like Ubuntu Netbook Remix.
Leo in the Sky With Diamonds [Apple Different]