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Gearing Up, Road Warrior Style

Hit The Road

A power user is someone who demands the best performance possible out of a given product, at a specific price point. For this person, tech enjoyment isn’t about all about flashy design and gimmicks; it’s about high functionality, and products that do a given job exceptionally well.

However, not all power users can afford to spend loads of cash on every product they buy. In many cases, a true power user would put most of his resources into one specific setup, like a gaming or multimedia desktop with all the trimmings. Afterwards, what little money is  left might be reserved for the mobile space. That is the setup we have designed today.

This person already has a $1500-$2000 gaming rig at home, along with the best peripherals money can buy. He is looking for something in the netbook range, but the traditional Atom N270 and GMA 500 graphics just won’t cut it. Being away from home doesn’t mean he can stop playing Counter-Strike. He needs peripherals that make computing simple while maintaining a relatively low price tag, or make a compelling argument if they’re more expensive than the competition.

So where does this profile fit in the real world? College students and recent grads that study or work all day and play World of Warcraft into the wee hours of the morning could use a light version for campus carrying. Or perhaps the seasoned working professional who still wants to get in a game of Quake while he/she is on the road somewhere could take advantage of what we’ve put together. This was designed with anyone who has a specific low-dollar amount in mind—someone who needs the absolute best mobile performance for the money.

Click on each image to read about the pieces of our mobile Road Warrior setup.

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  • tamick88
    Nice article, I really like that backpack. I might have to get it after the one I have finishes falling apart lol.
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  • BrentonMcGhee
    nice read, i travel for work around the country and i am normally gone from home 25 days out of the month. I actually already had 3 of those things as a part of my mobile gadget collection but i will def have to check out that mouse!
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  • BrentonMcGhee
    nice read, i travel all over the country for work and are gone normally 25 days a month. I already had 3 of those things as a part of my mobile gadget arsenal but i will def have to check out that mouse!
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  • ethaniel
    Adding together the cost of the netbook and the optical drive you have enough budget to get one hell of a notebook, much more powerful than the 1201 N. Check the Dell Vostro 1015 in Newegg, and you'll see what I mean.
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  • dconnors
    ethanielAdding together the cost of the netbook and the optical drive you have enough budget to get one hell of a notebook, much more powerful than the 1201 N. Check the Dell Vostro 1015 in Newegg, and you'll see what I mean.
    Thanks for the comment, ethaniel. That Dell you were talking about isn't a bad little machine, but the graphics on the 1201N are actually better. ION (aka Nvidia GeForce 9300/9400) beats Intel IGP any day of the week. Plus, the 1015 doesn't have HDMI out.

    The optical drive is really optional. Nowadays you can get by without one, especially if you have a desktop at home to rip ISOs with.

    -Devin
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  • allenpan
    headphne, mouse, why not get all bluetooth, reduce wire and dongles?
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  • antemon
    how about that Alienware netbook? :|
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  • Tomsguiderachel
    allenpanheadphne, mouse, why not get all bluetooth, reduce wire and dongles?Well, the mouse is bluetooth. The headphone is not, simply because we have yet to see a gaming headset in bluetooth. However, there are many headsets available with bluetooth for voice applications.
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  • I know it's mentioned in the article, but once the Alienware M11X starts actually shipping I don't think there would be much comparison. Considering it starts (with EPP pricing) at $719.
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  • Tomsguiderachel
    m11x guyI know it's mentioned in the article, but once the Alienware M11X starts actually shipping I don't think there would be much comparison. Considering it starts (with EPP pricing) at $719.Well, I think the MllX weights a little more than an a pound over the Asus 1201n's weight...so if weight is a consideration the Asus wins.
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