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Netbooks good for IM?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by FrozenSpade, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. FrozenSpade

    FrozenSpade Power Member

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    I need a new laptop/netbook for when I am on holiday/in another city.
    Is a netbook powerful enough for IM? (senuke, scrapebox...)
    I am also worried about the screen size and keyboard.

    I'd buy a laptop but they are either too heavy and big (2,5kg+) or too expensive (3x more than a netbook).

    So what do you guys recommend/use?
     
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    I think netbook is fine for IM work. Just make sure it has 2 GB RAM.
     
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    I would say probably not. Netbooks are not really meant to be work horses. I think prolonged use of programs such as senuke and scrapebox will cause more heat than the components can take. What I did, was pull an old machine (Pentium 4) out and spent less than 100 upgrading what I could (ram, chip, drive). After a reformat and installing ONLY the tools I need for this stuff, it runs very well.
     
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    A netbook would be fine as a console device. Just use vnc, remote desktop, or X forwarding to remote into your main system. I have a good personal server running gentoo linux with VMs that I connect to with my laptop. VNC works great when you just want to start a program and forget about it for a few hours and then check on it again. You might have to lower the resolution on your other system to match your netbook though.

    But if you want to use it as your main system then you might be disappointed in it's performance.
     
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    I' ve bought an acer timeline last year. It not exactly a netbook but a small notebook. Weighs only 1,5 kg has 8 hours battery life (with vista - now probably even longer with win7). You can even hook it up to your TV because it has an hdmi port. I also bought it because these 10" screens are way too small for my liking the one I have is 11.6" which is just right also for typing with its wide keyboard. Now you can buy the dualcore for the same price that i bought the single core one for. I hauled it with me last december while being on holiday in south east asia. I would recommend going for these types of notebooks they are light but also have enough power to handle certain tasks.
     
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    I have netbook and i'm facing some problem while running software like senuke with the screen size..
     
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    buy a macbook air, that's sexy & ultra light weight with 13,3" screen

    but it's not too cheap and maybe it's not for IM, so it's not the best idea you'll be given i guess :)
     
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    Its a good tool to help you in remotely managing your machines or servers, however its not a power horse, no Senuke or Scrapebox would perform as desired.
     
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    Don't use it for heavy work. I have an HP with 1 GB RAm and WinXP and with Internet Explorer 8. I tried to run SE Nuke and it couldn't handle. It just couldn't.

    I agree with chano420 about the heating. It is better to have a good Laptop if you are going to do SEN or ScrapeBox while on holidays (hey, working on holidays? :)).
     
  10. FrozenSpade

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    I hate apple products.

    Lets say that I am always on holiday :)
     
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    I wouldn't use a netbook as my primary IM station, but if you just set each one up to run specific programs, you should be fine.

    Get a beefier system for your day to day but have one netbook running scrapebox all day, one running SENuke, etc. Anyone using a fleet of specialized netbooks like this?
     
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    I was moving around a lot last year and ONLY had a netbook, and managed to make mid-$xxx,xxx. Netbooks are fine for most IM work.

    EDIT: in fact, I'm writing right now from one :p
     
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    I have a netbook with senuke, scrapebox, bestspinner, and other heavy duty software and have had no crashes. It does run a little hot though. The one problem that I encounter is that the screen is too small so that sometimes I have problems accessing buttons on the bottom of the screen. If you do decide on a netbook get one with a larger screen. BTW I have 2 gig of ram and it runs smooth.
     
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    I work only from a netbook and I have no issues unless I'm trying to do too many things at once. That issue would probably be solved if I upgraded to 2GB RAM.

    Regarding screen size, that has been my only issue. To resolve it, for software that requires a higher screen res (scrapebox, etc.) I just change my display settings while I'm working on them. Not ideal but also not a problem. I will probably only ever use netbooks from now on as laptops are just too big and bulky and since I travel full time it's just not convenient.
     
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    Ok guys thanks for the opinions.
    I finally decided to buy a ThinkPad (2gm ram and 13.3 inch screen, 1.5 ghz dual core).