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Old 08-30-2009, 02:56 PM
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I have a big lap top for work but was thinking of getting a net book for personal crap emails, music manage my I phone etc and general BS. I still want to be able to use MS office etc if I need to.
What the best bang for the buck machine to get
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Old 08-30-2009, 03:37 PM
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ASUS were the originators of the netbook and all others are trying to keep up. Their newest one, 1008HA, has received great reviews and can be found for $300+, but you have to look. That is the next one I am buying.
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Was ready to push the button on a Lenovo S10 (10-inch netbook) for 'brains' (she wants a netbook) but Lenovo just introduced a new 12-inch thingy, a tad bigger than a netbook, but smaller than a laptop. Thinking it might be better for watching videos on. Haven't had time to look into it yet.

Fwiw, if you are an Apple-holic Apple will be introducing their 9-inch(?) netbook with touch screen in a couple of months.
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My wife bought the Dell net book, not pleased with the size of the keyboard (duh) or the size of the screen (duh). Didn't have a disk drive either, (gotta order an external drive). She wanted to use it on vacation to manage photos and stuff in that vein. The color was cool (blue) but she didn't like the machine. She returned it and I just rolled my eyes, (she didn't see me roll my eyes, I'm not stupid).

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It had XP and was cheap enough, oh well.
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Netbooks are good for the net and email, thats it. Their storage is for crap. But what can you expect for that money?
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The reason netbooks dont have storage is the same reason the batteries last 6 hours. No hard drive. Thats OK this thing has changed my life.

Here is the trick, Buy an ACER from Costco for <300$ add a 16 gig thumb drive for another 29$ and then download Open Office for free.

The chains will never tell you about Open Office. They will insist on selling you MS office for 200$ and another 50$ to load it. (no disc drive either)

The keyboard is 95% as large a a normal laptop, the screen is OK, not great.

I shopped hard and the above deal was the best I could find. You used to be able to get Lenux OS but not anymore.

I use it to write my reports as I survey the boat. This keeps me from entering data twice and saves a bunch of time. Also used for couch surfing THT. The WiFI is every bit as good as my Wifes Sony Viao.

That is about it. I put everything on the thumb drive and edit off my big office desk top.

But for three hundred bucks it literally frees up two days a week for me. Priceless.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:17 AM
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Bait,

Maybe the old netbooks didn't have hard drives, but most of the current models have 160+ gig hard drives.
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I purchased an Asus a couple months ago after doing a fair amount of research. Many of the netbooks I looked at maxxed out at 1 gig ram, the Asus will accept 2 gig.

I'm running Windows 7 on it and it's a great little machine.

The other big price difference on the netbooks is the battery, you will want the 6 cell lithium for longest battery life.
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Originally Posted by Reel Boobs View Post
Bait,

Maybe the old netbooks didn't have hard drives, but most of the current models have 160+ gig hard drives.
I am relatively clueless when it comes to computer tech. I rely on Fooltain for advise. with 160 gig do the batteries still last all day?

My machine is less than 6 months old it has the Atomic something or other drive which im sure has some memory. I just don't use any of it. Everything goes on the thumb drive and transfered to my desk top and secondary hard drive for storage. With 16 gig thumb I really dont need anything else and it keeps my stuff all in one place.

I guess I shouldnt have used (no hard drive) See! I told yous I's ignerent
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All good points thank you very much THT ers
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:35 PM
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the Asus gets the best reviews and for the best price typically... most companies have one out now including Sony, Samsung, Asus, HP, Dell, Compaq, Toshiba, and Lenovo..... I would get the Asus (160 gig hard drive) and Open Office (save the docs as a word document if you need to) and not look back... they do make a pretty sweet little companion computer for a desktop at home...
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I have the ACER 8.9", 6 cell battery, 160G hard drive, 1G RAM ,4 G thumb Drive.

The battery last 5.5 to 6 hours .
The speaker is a little weak but doable
The Key board is 90% of a full size Key board
It has 3 USB's, 2 SD slots and the big phone jack looking deal [ Have dane Bramage right now ]
Screen is OK
Weighs 2.9 pounds
I have the white one with whits Keys for my eyes .

Walmart.com $324.00 + tax and shipping $360.00
When I bought mine the store didn't have the 6 cell 160G , it was only available on line.
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Fwiw, Nokia just announced their netbook. Nokia is entering the mobile computer market. Their netbook has some goodies built in that other netbooks don't. It is multi-media oriented, has an HDMI output port, GPS, ... Might be worth looking at for anyone wanting a 10-in netbook. Estimated $800-ish with deep discounts from cell service providers.
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I bought one a couple months ago, Asus was the only brand selling one you could get XP Pro on, all the others had XP home edition, if you plan on using it in a bussiness enviroment you want XP pro.
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No way i'd buy a net book. Why not just get a wireless USB broadband datamodem that you can use in your laptop? Or buy one of the small laptops and just use the modem with it.
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.., if you plan on using it in a bussiness enviroment you want XP pro.
No way! Win 7 is due out in Sept/Oct. Upgrading from Xp to Win 7 is a monumental task. Upgrading from crap-ola Vista to Win 7 is a cake-walk.

And before you say it, Win 7 has already been vetted -- not your typical "let's release it and see what happens" Microsoft release.

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No way i'd buy a net book. Why not just get a wireless USB broadband datamodem that you can use in your laptop? Or buy one of the small laptops and just use the modem with it.
Because the wireless modems are embedded in the new Nokia netbook. Hook up to 802.11 or cell connection -- not a problem.
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Originally Posted by pugnacious3333 View Post
No way i'd buy a net book. Why not just get a wireless USB broadband datamodem that you can use in your laptop? Or buy one of the small laptops and just use the modem with it.

I am issued a company laptop that I cannot always surf where I want to, so I do not want to carry two full size.
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No way! Win 7 is due out in Sept/Oct. Upgrading from Xp to Win 7 is a monumental task. Upgrading from crap-ola Vista to Win 7 is a cake-walk.

And before you say it, Win 7 has already been vetted -- not your typical "let's release it and see what happens" Microsoft release.



Because the wireless modems are embedded in the new Nokia netbook. Hook up to 802.11 or cell connection -- not a problem.

When I purchased all the netbooks had XP home except for the Asus model with XP pro, none were offered with Vista, have you seen any offered with Vista?
Windows 7 looks great, I would not do an upgrade I would do a reload.
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When I purchased all the netbooks had XP home except for the Asus model with XP pro, none were offered with Vista, have you seen any offered with Vista?
Windows 7 looks great, I would not do an upgrade I would do a reload.

Yeah, you got the right idea. Unfortunately, nothing about MS products is simple to reload. Going from Vista to Win 7 is supposed to be a cake walk.

Funny, today I was reading about all of the problems with upgrading to Apple's OS X, Snow Leopard. Normally Apple gets it right, don't know what went wrong this time. Earlier in the thread we were talkig about embedded drivers -- Snow Leopard is coming up way way short on drivers, users need to hunt down the appropriate driver and download/install manually. Lots of folks are discovering that 3rd parties do not have the necessary drivers to operate under the new Apple OS.
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