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Old 09-20-2010, 09:59 AM   #6
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Location: Germany
Device: Kobo Aura
If this will be your only computer avoid a netbook.
Its too limited (small, slow etc.)

This is slightly above $300 but it might be better

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-AS...4986882&sr=1-1

In general:

If a laptop is around $300 including Windows then the manufacturer will have to to make compromises to save money somewhere. this means that battery live won't be brilliant, it will come with a fan that makes noise, it will run hot etc.

You might actually get a better device buying a used/refurbished model.

I don't know if Amazon in the US has the same policy as in Germany. Here one can return a product 14 days after purchase. Then Amazon checks it thoroughly, repackages it and sells it used on the marketplace.

Sometimes one can make a pretty good deal (got a lense for my DSLR that way, saved me a quarter of the original price ...)
Ah, here you go:

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=1267877011
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