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Where would you buy a netbook and why...

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  1. breakfree

    breakfree Registered Member

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    I am travelling soon, including on Ryanair, where weight is an issue.


    I thought that a netbook, although limited, would also allow for much greater portability than my current laptops.

    So here I am, before buying, asking you guys for some advice,

    thanks!
     
  2. whitecat

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    I bought my Acer Aspire1 at CostCo and I love it. And why did it get it there? The price was too good to pass up. it was $299.
     
  3. ukescuba

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    i got a dell mini 10 and absolutely love it, i have installed it with basic essential software but one essential tool i cant live without is gotoassist similar to gotopc just can access more pcs and unattended pcs too... if i need to get some extra power at my fingertips i can easily do so with this :)

    since i got mine 3 months ago i have found myself using it more and more for coding and regular web work, infact it feels kinda strange to be sat at the desktop now...

    i even have photoshop and dreamweaver on it but am obviously not going to be designing full color brochures or banners using it as it doesnt have the power to be doing that...

    i would highly recommend getting a SSD solid state drive and to compensate its size a 8GB, 16, or 32GB SD card to accompany it... usually SSD drives are small 16gb or less, but the netbook will have no moving parts and zero noise and longer battery life, mine typically is on for 5hrs to 6hrs before it needs charging

    other than that i say go for it, i have zero regrets buying one other than i wish my cell phone carrier did a dell one with built in mobile broadband...

    dell has some good deals right now...
     
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  4. madinaz

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    I got a Aspire1 at Office Max for like $249. I figure if I break it or lose it for that price I can get a new one.
     
  5. breakfree

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    Solid State instead of a HD? That's an interesting tip.

    I didn't even consider it because they are so small. I would guess that upgrades are possible though, right?

    That Office Max price sounds very good. So far I have seen good prices at CompUSA, but for refurbished ones, not exactly new.
     
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    ebay you can get a larger SSD with XP and or Mac OS installed... the standard installed 8GB SSD is the smallest i would go but you would need to get a 8gb or higher SD Card and set it as your my documents folder... get a high performance one for tigerdirect pretty cheap

    i got a foam packed stretchy nylon case for it for when i need to take it with me without the power supply, but when i need to go somewhere with all my accessories i slip it all into a cool little netbook carry bag from caselogic

    i would also recommend getting a logitech VX revolution mouse the nano version - you can leave the wireless receiver installed in the usb port and there is no fear of it breaking as it sticks out hardly anything at all...

    i would also recommend checking the keyboard and mouse layout before getting one too, it feels funny at first typing on a slightly smaller keyboard, i simply cant fault my dell mini 10 - i tested out a couple and felt it to be one of the best ones currently available, especially now as you can completely customize your spec online at dell

    tigerdirect where selling refurbished ones for $199 the other day think they where the asus ones cant recall...
     
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    i got a asusa Eee pcits and luv it too ,very portable and 25 gb hard drive and i bought some extra memory for it
     
  8. spite42o

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    dell...

    best warranty, best systems, and very reasonable for a really nice laptop ;D
     
  9. breakfree

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    I'm actually looking for a netbook, not a laptop.

    A solid state memory one with linux, as small and light as possible.

    That's how I narrowed it down for now.
     
  10. 4alllifestyles

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    I have a Mini10 and an Asus

    Loaded Linux on them both. Both run very well and do most tasks better than some of the same cost desktops.

    Now, I'm not loading CAD or Video Editing software on them either. Just barebones setups with Firefox and do everything web based. But I do have AbiWord and Gnumeric on both and they seem to do quite well.

    Pretty much if you stick with the Mini10, Aspire, etc you'll be getting a decent unit.
     
  11. sandycat

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    i have a samsung NC10...i love it. it has a 160gb hd, 7 REAL hours of battery live, a beautiful 10" screen, and a 95% keyboard or so. awesome for traveling, fits snugly inside another bag instead of adding ANOTHER bag =) they are more expensive then some, was about $450 from newegg...but it's a beauty