Judging by the comments left on this site, one of the most eagerly anticipated features for netbooks are NVIDIA ION graphics or other technologies that will let users watch HD video or handle other graphics-intensive tasks. And today Engadget asked their readers how they would change the netbook. One of the top responses? Support for high definition video and HDMI output.
But here’s the thing: Most netbooks have 1024 x 600 pixel or lower resolution displays. What’s the point in playing HD video on a screen that can’t actually handle all those pixels.
Granted, it’s likely that any netbook that would have NVIDIA ION graphics would probably come with a higher resolution display panel. But people aren’t asking for higher resolution displays nearly as frequently as they’re asking for higher performance graphics.
Of course, we’re starting to see a growing number of 11.6 inch laptops like the Dell Inspiron Mini 11z and Acer Aspire 1410 with faster processors, better graphics, and netbook-like prices. But it’s arguable whether these thin and light laptops truly fall under the category of “netbook.”
So I want to put the question to you: Do you want HD video capabilities in a 10 inch or smaller netbook, and if so why?