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Nvidia Ion Netbook Platform Reviewed: Incredible Video Performance, Not-So-Incredible Battery Life

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PC perspective took an Nvidia Ion reference platform—all the guts crammed in a box—for a test drive and found the performance very much lives up to the hype: It blows away every other netbook.

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But that incredible performance (for a netbook), with smooth HD video playback and Left4Dead running at an average of 20FPS, comes at a price. Literally, since Ion-based netbooks will run about $50 more than regular Atom-based netbooks with otherwise similar specs. And then on the battery front—the reference platform used double the amount of power of a standard Atom netbook. Nvidia says the reference platform lacked all of the power-saving features actual Ion netbooks will have, but definitely expect less time on the go.

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Still, the dudes at PC Perspective are pretty hyped about Ion—check out all the benchmarks and details over there to see why. [PC Perspective]

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I don't get it, the reason for getting a netbook is because you want a light-weight, onthego laptop replacement. That being said, battery life, weight, size and price are what people considering when they get a netbook right? Do they really want to play Left4Dead on the subway? If not, why spend the extra 50 or more?