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Old October 5th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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I think I toasted my laptop today, so I'm perusing netbooks. I don't play games online and I'm not old so the small screen shouldn't be a problem. Any other issues with using a netbook as a main computer? I realize I'd probably end up buying an external disc drive.
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Don't necessarily expect to play HD content on one. Especially MPEG-4. Not enough CPU or GPU power.

Other than that, you should be fine. You'll occasionally be annoyed by websites that don't display well on the small screen, but not a big deal.
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Ive been on an ASUS eee 900 for some time now. It does everything I need.
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It CAN be used as a primary computer, if you just basically just mild web usage, and email. And I suppose even Skype or an IM client... but i wouldn't want to use the cramped keyboard for everyday usage.

A 10" screen is not much real estate at all. Go to best buy, or any other big box store and try it out before you buy.

Of course it's possible. However, I would just spend $100 more and pop for a 14" HP. You'll be much more pleased with a couple extra inches of screen space, a fullsize keyboard... not to mention, you'll get 4x the specs.

(BTW, I have an Acer Aspire One, and it is a GREAT little machine. Perfect for leaving on the night stand for late night browsing or taking it with you on the go. It has PHENOMENAL battery life too! Absolutely amazing.

And i also have a 14.1" HP laptop that I absolutely love for everyday use. I paid $450 for it, and got 4 GB of ram, 250GB Hard drive, Vista Premium, HDMI out, and a Radeon HD Graphics card. You get MUCH more processing power for the money, not to mention, HDMI out is great for downloading/streaming video and watching it on the big screen flat-panel!)

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One last thought...

Windows 7 is hitting retailers this month (and already has hit some stores late last week). I HIGHLY recommend waiting a week and getting a notebook with Windows 7 (if you do decide to go with a "fullsize" notebook.

Most big name stores now (like best buy) will include a free Windows 7 upgrade with all machines that are sold.

It is much more stable, quicker, and less of a resource hog that Vista is. It particularly excels in Notebooks because of its ability to manage battery life and boot up times are substantially quicker.

Think of Windows 7 as an upgraded, and polished version of XP.
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im rocking out the eee pc 1005 hab. this thing freakin rocks. it runs better than the dell xps that prior to this. yeah it doesn't have a cd drive....but i just network it to my pc at work if i need to install anything off of a cd. it also has an LED monitor instead of an LCD which makes it that much better. i picked it up at best buy for 317 out the door (299 + tax) where as the 900 series is in the 160 + tax range. this one has a 160 gb hard drive with 1gb of ram upgradable to 2 gb but i haven't needed it. has a great onboard grapics accelerator, built in wireless, 3 usb slots, one SD slot, mic and headphone jacks, ethernet jack......ahh the hell with it.......go check em out at best buy...

here are the same computers i have the blue one......now they just put the white one online for cheaper but its only availble online.....here is the compare link

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....centerwell.jsp
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im rocking out the eee pc 1005 hab. this thing freakin rocks. it runs better than the dell xps that prior to this. yeah it doesn't have a cd drive....but i just network it to my pc at work if i need to install anything off of a cd. it also has an LED monitor instead of an LCD which makes it that much better. i picked it up at best buy for 317 out the door (299 + tax) where as the 900 series is in the 160 + tax range. this one has a 160 gb hard drive with 1gb of ram upgradable to 2 gb but i haven't needed it. has a great onboard grapics accelerator, built in wireless, 3 usb slots, one SD slot, mic and headphone jacks, ethernet jack......ahh the hell with it.......go check em out at best buy...

here are the same computers i have the blue one......now they just put the white one online for cheaper but its only availble online.....here is the compare link

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....centerwell.jsp

I'm interested to know what generation XPS you had, and if it was a laptop, and then finally what was in particular made the xps perform poorly.

Aside from the 1st and 2nd gen being basically mobile workstations, and consuming batteries at a phenomenal rate, and nearly setting your lap on fire from heat I never had any complaints with XPS series laptops (in part cause I wasn't footing the bill for them - they are pricey)

As to sova's question, I have almost always used a notebook + external monitor daily at work, and then switched up between a notebook for couch surfing at home, and a full sized desktop.

I've used netbooks sporadically, as well as slate tablets fairly extensively in a former job. For my purposes they augment a more robust platform such as a high end laptop or desktop, but still can't quite replace them for my needs.

If/When a netbook can be docked, and push 1920 x 1600 pixelss on an external monitor I may reconsider that thought process. Multi-tasking blows on a 1024x600 screen... hell single tasking does in my opinion.
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My biggest problem with them is trying to type on the keyboard. At my job I have to work with students and Professors at the school I work at. So many students are switching over, and they come to me to fix them. I am about to just keep an USB keyboard at my desk just for i do not have to use it. I would rather work on the foreign students who have a different language pack on, and the keys are not in English.

If you look at HP's website under the portable ones (not their Mini's) they make a 12" screen and I would believe that would help out a LOT.
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Check out the Gateway netbook. It has an 11inch screen and Vista Basic. However you cannot get the upgrade through BBY on Vista Basic. I do like the size and performance of the Gateway though. Blurs the line a little more between netbook/notebook.
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I would not really buy a Gateway, just for i know they are at the end of their life, and now Best Buy owns them it looks like.

Our contract at work ended with Gateway because they said they were going out of business, and we notice they were still selling them 6 months later and by how everything is set up now, that is what we assume happened (so do not quote me for a fact that Best Buy owns them).
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Gateway sold their Buisness support to MPC who recently declared chapter 11. Their support is shot all to hell now. Might be ok for consumers still though but I doubt it.
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I just ordered on this morning. Figured I'd try it. Found a good deal on slickdeals.net today. Here is the copy/paste. It appears this netbook is ranked in the top




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Samsung N120-13GBL Netbook: 10.1" WSVGA 1024x600 LCD, Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz, 1GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, Intel 945GSE, WiFi, Webcam, Bluetooth, 6-cell, Win XP Home $314 Next lowest price on google products $375
Next lowest price on amazon $389

Beachcamera.com has the Samsung N120-13GBL 10.1" Netbook for $389 - $75 (using coupon code N120KA04US) =314 shipped.
http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/p...MN12013GBL

note; for an extra 70 bucks you can get the kit which includes a matching blue Samsung external odd, a carry case and a little cleaning kit.
http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/p...MN12013GBL
Weighing just 2.8 pounds, the Samsung N120 netbook computers are light enough to bring with you without any stress or strain. Available in your choice of white, black or blue, they offer 2.1 channel speaker systems with subwoofers. Extended battery life (6 hours for white or black, 9 hours for blue) gives you freedom for hours. 10.2 inch widescreen LCDs give you plenty of room to surf the net and read your email without squinting. And larger touch pads make it easier to negotiate your screen, while 97 percent full-size keyboards make typing easier.
Specifications:
Operating System
• Operating System: Genuine XP Home SP3
CPU
• CPU: Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.6 GHz)
System Memory
• System Memory: 1 GB DDR2
• Maximum System Memory: 1 GB DDR2
Display
• LCD Technology: 10.1 inch WSVGA 1024 x 600
Graphics
• Graphic Memory: 128 MB shared
• Graphic Processor: Intel 945GSE
Multimedia
• Sound: HD audio / SRS TruSurround XT, SRS WOW XT, SRS CS headphone
• Speakers: 3 W (1.5 W x 2) speaker, 1 x 1.5 W sub-woofer
• Integrated Camera : 1.3 megapixel
Storage
• Hard Drive: 160 GB, 2.5 inch, 5,400 RPM
• Optical Disk: Drive No
Communication
• Wired Modem: No
• Wired Ethernet: LAN 10 / 100 BaseTX
• Wireless LAN: 802.11 b / g
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
I/O Ports
• VGA: Yes
• HDMI: No
• Mic-in: Yes
• USB 2.0: 3 USB (2 chargable USB ports)
• Multi Card Slot: 3 in 1 (SD, SDHC, MMC)
• Serial Port: No
• RJ11 (Modem): No
• RJ45 (LAN): Yes
• PC CardBus Slot: No
Input
• Keyboard Type: 82 keys
• Touch Pad, Touch Screen: Yes / No
Security
• Kensington Key Lock Capable: Yes
• Fingerprint Reader: No
Power
• AC Adapter: 40 W
• Battery: 6 cell lithium ion (5,900 mAh)
Dimensions and Weight
• Dimensions (W XH XD): 10.7 inch x 7.4 inch x 1.08 - 1.17 inch
• Weight, Including Std. Battery: 2.82 lbs.
Warranty
• Std. Warranty: 1 year standard parts and labor
Software
• Installed Software Magic Keyboard, Easy Display Manager, Easy Network Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Samsung Magic Doctor, Samsung Update Plus, Easy Battery Manager, Easy Resolution Manager, Battery Life Extender, Adobe Acrobat Reader 8, Cyberlink YouCam, McAfee Internet Security 9.0 (60-day free)
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Gateway sold their Buisness support to MPC who recently declared chapter 11. Their support is shot all to hell now. Might be ok for consumers still though but I doubt it.
ok, thanks, I will be telling my boss that because we was also wondering about that...

unfortunately we switched over to Dell, but also our department gets nice discounts on HP's how that is what all our networking equipment is being switched over to, and were loving it.
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Got the eee pc 900 with 16GB SSDD for $100 on c-list, had the replace the keyboard for another $20. Great for 90% of what I use a computer for, but porn sucks on a small screen.
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I just ordered on this morning. Figured I'd try it. Found a good deal on slickdeals.net today. Here is the copy/paste. It appears this netbook is ranked in the top




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Samsung N120-13GBL Netbook: 10.1" WSVGA 1024x600 LCD, Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz, 1GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, Intel 945GSE, WiFi, Webcam, Bluetooth, 6-cell, Win XP Home $314 Next lowest price on google products $375
Next lowest price on amazon $389

Beachcamera.com has the Samsung N120-13GBL 10.1" Netbook for $389 - $75 (using coupon code N120KA04US) =314 shipped.
http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/p...MN12013GBL

note; for an extra 70 bucks you can get the kit which includes a matching blue Samsung external odd, a carry case and a little cleaning kit.
http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/p...MN12013GBL
Weighing just 2.8 pounds, the Samsung N120 netbook computers are light enough to bring with you without any stress or strain. Available in your choice of white, black or blue, they offer 2.1 channel speaker systems with subwoofers. Extended battery life (6 hours for white or black, 9 hours for blue) gives you freedom for hours. 10.2 inch widescreen LCDs give you plenty of room to surf the net and read your email without squinting. And larger touch pads make it easier to negotiate your screen, while 97 percent full-size keyboards make typing easier.
Specifications:
Operating System
Operating System: Genuine XP Home SP3
CPU
CPU: Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.6 GHz)
System Memory
System Memory: 1 GB DDR2
Maximum System Memory: 1 GB DDR2
Display
LCD Technology: 10.1 inch WSVGA 1024 x 600
Graphics
Graphic Memory: 128 MB shared
Graphic Processor: Intel 945GSE
Multimedia
Sound: HD audio / SRS TruSurround XT, SRS WOW XT, SRS CS headphone
Speakers: 3 W (1.5 W x 2) speaker, 1 x 1.5 W sub-woofer
Integrated Camera : 1.3 megapixel
Storage
Hard Drive: 160 GB, 2.5 inch, 5,400 RPM
Optical Disk: Drive No
Communication
Wired Modem: No
Wired Ethernet: LAN 10 / 100 BaseTX
Wireless LAN: 802.11 b / g
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
I/O Ports
VGA: Yes
HDMI: No
Mic-in: Yes
USB 2.0: 3 USB (2 chargable USB ports)
Multi Card Slot: 3 in 1 (SD, SDHC, MMC)
Serial Port: No
RJ11 (Modem): No
RJ45 (LAN): Yes
PC CardBus Slot: No
Input
Keyboard Type: 82 keys
Touch Pad, Touch Screen: Yes / No
Security
Kensington Key Lock Capable: Yes
Fingerprint Reader: No
Power
AC Adapter: 40 W
Battery: 6 cell lithium ion (5,900 mAh)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W XH XD): 10.7 inch x 7.4 inch x 1.08 - 1.17 inch
Weight, Including Std. Battery: 2.82 lbs.
Warranty
Std. Warranty: 1 year standard parts and labor
Software
Installed Software Magic Keyboard, Easy Display Manager, Easy Network Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Samsung Magic Doctor, Samsung Update Plus, Easy Battery Manager, Easy Resolution Manager, Battery Life Extender, Adobe Acrobat Reader 8, Cyberlink YouCam, McAfee Internet Security 9.0 (60-day free)
I got a call today, the guy I dropped my notebook off with said my computer is A-OK! Sweet.

I would have ordered this samsung netbook though if that wasn't the case. It seems to be the only budget netbook that will play Hulu decent on full screen.
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