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2GB vs 4GB RAM on a Chromebook – The difference is minimal, in 2014.

2GB vs 4GB RAM test

I’ve been testing Windows tabletPCs with 1GB RAM recently. It’s a truly poor experience if you plan to use all the features on a Windows PC. Even with 2GB RAM you can hit limits and start seeing swap usage rise and performance hit the floor. The performance degradation isn’t ‘graceful’ at all. Chromebooks face similar issues of RAM availability but in my tests with 2GB RAM I see it matching Chromebook usage scenarios well and don’t see performance degrading as quickly as it does on a Windows PC. If you’re switching between 10 HTML5 pages then 2GB is enough and if you’re prepared to accept a sub 1-second delay in switching tabs, you can go to 20 tabs without a problem. 4GB could, however, be a requirement in the near future. Watch the video demo below…

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N350 Opened-Up. Easy Mem and Disk Upgrade

I’m quite the fan of the Samsung N350. 1KG and 4 or 5 hours of dual-core productivity. That’s impressive, especially when you can double that with just 200gm or so of extended battery. What I’m waiting for though is a 3G version because as you’ll see in the video below, RAM and SSD upgrade will be easy but the PCI-Express Mini slot is just a placeholder. No connector or antenna. Looks like I’ll be waiting for a 3G version although with the Galaxy Tab giving me an estimated 8-10 hours as a 3G hotspot, maybe I’m covered! I’ll see if I can get hold of an N350 for deep testing soon.

The video below is via Ndevil TV who have a number of other reports (text in German but some videos also in English.)

Good News: The iPhone 4 has 512MB of RAM

apple a4 We, along with nearly everyone else, previously presumed that the iPhone 4 [Portal page (updated)] would feature 256MB of RAM. However, to the delight of some 600,000 pre-order customers, which Apple reportedly acquired on the 15th, the iPhone 4 will come with 512MB of RAM, double that of the previous iPhone 3GS and the iPad. The news comes from a WWDC session and was reported by MacRumors.

The prior assumption was based on one bit of evidence, and one inference. The evidence was a leaked photo of an iPhone 4 prototype which was confirmed to have 256MB of RAM. The inference was that the iPhone 4 would feature 256MB of RAM because it was using the same A4 chip as the iPad (which has 256MB of RAM). Apparently between the launch of the iPad and the iPhone 4, Apple was able to double the amount of RAM, which will make the iPhone 4 the most powerful mobile iDevice yet released. Others are pointing out that this is a likely explanation as to why the iMovie app will only be available for the iPhone 4 and not the iPhone 3GS or even the iPad.

Apple may not have been able to deliver the expected bump from 32GB to 64GB storage, but I think I’d take the extra RAM if I had to choose between the two. We’ll see if I still agree with that choice after I fill our iPhone 4 to the brim with HD video and have no room left for music!

How To: upgrade RAM in the Mini 1000


I’m writing this post for target users of the Mini 1000 MIE[link]; those that might not have done a RAM upgrade before. And of course anyone who might be Googling “how to open the RAM door on the mini 1000” because it is just a little bit tricky.

Don’t fear gentle user, for HP, and most other netbooks makers have made the process really simple, and I’m here to make it even easier. The only thing you will need beside the RAM is a pen! Let’s go through the steps:

  1. Shut down the HP Mini 1000. Flip the computer over (you might want to rest it on something soft so that the top of the screen lid can’t get scratched).
  2. Slide the battery eject latch to the side as though you are unlocking the battery for ejection.
  3. Underneath the latch you just slid to the right (if oriented like the images), you will see a small plastic piece underneath with a circle in it. Insert your pen into the circle (right the right) and slide it to the left to pop the RAM door.
  4. Hold the slider to the left with your pen while you get a grip on the RAM door, and remove the RAM door.
  5. Release the spring latches that hold the RAM in place (one of the left and one on the right). The RAM should pop up on the front side.
  6. Gently remove the RAM by pulling it out in the direction that it is pointing (the angle it makes with the bottom of the netbook).
  7. Line up the single notch with the notch in the netbook and insert the new RAM at the same angle that you inserted it.
  8. Press down on the RAM evenly to allow the spring latches to take hold of it.
  9. Put the RAM door back in place and slide the first latch back into a lock position.


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That’s it! You’re all done. Easy right? Turn your Mini 1000 on and it should be ready to go. If it doesn’t boot up correctly, it is possible that the ram isn’t sitting quite right. Just pull it out and re-insert it and try again.

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