Performance and Benchmarks
There really isn’t much point to even having a performance and benchmark section in the reviews of most netbooks. Virtually all Atom-based netbooks deliver weak multi-tasking performance, slow application switching, slow application launching (uless they’re upgraded with a solid state drive) and weak video performance thanks to Intel’s integrated graphics. That said, most average consumers who aren’t actively watching video or multitasking with several Microsoft Office applications think these netbooks offer “good enough” performance.
Indeed, if all you want to do is check email, browse some websites, update social media like Facebook and Twitter, or type a few pages of text into Microsoft Word then the N150 will get the job done. More importantly, the Verizon network allows you to do all that even when you’re not close to a Wi-Fi hotspot. If you purchase the N150 from Verizon then it will come pre-loaded with Verizon’s VZAccess Manager software which lets you connect to the web at the touch of a button.
The only “potential” issue with using Verizon’s 3G service instead of Wi-Fi is potential signal loss when you’re working indoors. I was able to get a download speed of several Megabits per second (Mb/s) while using the Verizon network outdoors, but indoors where the signal was abstructed by walls and ceilings my download speed would commonly drop to less than 0.25Mb/s. In contrast, a typical Wi-Fi connection at a coffee shop might give you 7.0Mb/s or faster speeds. In short, Verizon lets you stay connected from anywhere, but you’ll probably want to use Wi-Fi when you have the opportunity.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):