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x130e at Microcenter for $139?

#1 Post by ThorOfAsgard » Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:57 am

Microcenter has refurb x130e units for $139. They come with 4GB RAM and a 320GB HDD, although I have an extra 4GB SODIMM and a 256GB SSD I can put in it. With those upgrades, how would this unit perform? Can it play youtube videos? Run VM's in VMWare workstation?

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Re: x130e at Microcenter for $139?

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:25 am

ThorOfAsgard wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:57 am
Microcenter has refurb x130e units for $139. They come with 4GB RAM and a 320GB HDD, although I have an extra 4GB SODIMM and a 256GB SSD I can put in it. With those upgrades, how would this unit perform? Can it play youtube videos? Run VM's in VMWare workstation?
Check the processor first-- IIRC these can have either AMD E-series or ULV Core i3 CPUs (Gen 2 Sandy Bridge).

Youtube videos shouldn't be a problem, though VMs might be a problem due to the low CPU speed. The i3 lacks Turbo boost and is stuck at 1.4GHz, while the AMD E-series are netbook-grade CPUs. :O

They're only suitable for light tasks, IMO.
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Re: x130e at Microcenter for $139?

#3 Post by ThorOfAsgard » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:54 am

It's an AMD E-450 CPU

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Re: x130e at Microcenter for $139?

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:00 am

ThorOfAsgard wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:54 am
It's an AMD E-450 CPU
Based from https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-E-Ser ... 138.0.html, I'd say it's a pretty slow processor. I don't recommend it for running VMs.

Youtube will run fine if:

- the web browser supports GPU-based video decoding
- the video codec is H.264/AVC (probably up to 1920x1080) --> the built-in graphics don't have support for VP8 and VP9.
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Re: x130e at Microcenter for $139?

#5 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:57 am

Those things are meant for school kids.
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Re: x130e at Microcenter for $139?

#6 Post by TonyJZX » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:21 am

If you only want an 11" 768p netbook of some sort I believe they are quite cheap and common.

Be that as it may I wouldnt be doing any intensive tasks on one... hell I have a HP 2570p 12" with 8Gb 240gb ssd and your usual i5 3rd gen cpu and it is a capable machine but its not going to do everything.

A good example is the Dell Inspiron 11 which my kid uses... Pentium n3710 quad, single channel 4gb 120gb ssd - this is also and ok unit but I would think even if you over invested with 8Gb ram its not going to be able to utilise the resources smoothly.

I think maybe 6 yrs ago the x130e was common at schools and its just a single core with HT cpu so its really not good for much even with a 4gb model and an ssd.

The choke point is the cpu.

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