February 04, 2010

Alcyone -- baby pictures

I took a bunch of pictures while I was unpacking and setting it up, but most of them really aren't all that interesting. Possibly none of them are, but anyway five of them are below the fold.


That's how UPS delivered it.


That's how ASUS packaged it.


That's actually Procyon.


And that is Alcyone. They made some pretty significant changes to the case styling.


And there it is, all set up.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 12:05 AM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 I am sorry if someone asked this question already, but I was suddenly struck with curiosity:  why a laptop?  As far as I've seen, desktops give you more performance for the money.

Do you prefer laptops?  Or is it a space issue?

I am only curious; this is not meant to be a "you should have" type of question.

Anyway it's a damn fine-looking laptop, which is a good enough reason right there.

Posted by: atomic_fungus at February 04, 2010 04:48 AM (AmTcx)

2 SNSV?  I've never heard of that company.

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 04, 2010 06:00 AM (w5qDx)


The ASUS G2S series is intended to be for gamers to carry to LAN parties. It's as powerful as a tower, but smaller:

1920*1080 display
nVidia GForce GTX 260M w/ 1G display RAM
4-core Intel Q9000 @ 2GHZ
6G of RAM

So if I can get something like that which is this size, why bother with a tower? Because of expansion slots? Anything I want to add can be gotten with a USB interface. Price? I'm not concerned with price.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 04, 2010 08:49 AM (+rSRq)

4 The only "real" argument for desktops over laptops would probably be cooling, though for me personally it's just a matter of preference (I actually have both, though my laptop is somewhat "graphically illiterate" with the integrated graphics solution).

Posted by: Jordi Vermeulen at February 04, 2010 09:01 AM (5EMw1)

5 Yeah, cooling can be a problem. But not enough off one to tip the decision scales.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 04, 2010 10:01 AM (+rSRq)

6 For me, it's price; that's why the only laptop I've ever owned has been my (3-year-old) work laptop assigned to me as a backup or for business trips.

However, I'm starting to seriously consider getting a personal laptop, especially so that I have an honest personal machine on said business trips, and don't read sites (like this one!) on my business one.

I'd consider an iPad (for starters, it would fit together with the work laptop in the same backpack), but Apple seems to have this Big Brother-like obsession with keeping you from doing anything they don't own or approve beforehand.  Maybe if Google comes out with a tablet counterpart to the Droid...

Posted by: BigD at February 04, 2010 10:34 AM (LjWr8)

7 I experimented with various modes of computing, such as having 2 laptops (one for travel), and eventually returned to the traditional one-system model, where I use a decent laptop instead of a desktop. It sits in a docking adapter and I carry it around, albeit infrequently. My wife travels more and she uses a two-system model with a fully immobile desktop and a netbook, which is significantly lighter and more compact than a laptop.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 04, 2010 12:48 PM (/ppBw)

8 BTW, Dell is selling a 10v for $249, as I found a coupld of days ago. That is almost exactly the same size as my z505 was in 1999, only 10 times cheaper. The z505 did not have an optical drive. With prices like that one can treat netbooks as if they were disposable.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 04, 2010 12:51 PM (/ppBw)

9 I prefer a desktop solution mainly because it has much more screenspace (I have two monitors, one 24" widescreen and one 19"), because I can use water cooling, and because it allows me to have three harddrives.

Also I spend most of my time sitting behind my desk anyway, so I never really needed a laptop before I started to need a computer outside the house.

Posted by: Jordi Vermeulen at February 04, 2010 12:59 PM (5EMw1)

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