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Old 04-18-2011, 03:12 AM   #1
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Need a new netbook

Going to university soon and I don't plan to use my old desktop while I'm there.
I want a netbook that's pretty light, steady and has a good quality battery that won't die on me after a year.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:29 AM   #2
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I will suggest one but mine be abit off the beaten track.

Go on eBay and look for a Dell Mini 10V.
You should be able to get a N280 (1.66GHz) Atom version for just under US$375. There is a N270 version but no point going down that path.

Now here's where you need to spend abit more.
Get a new Seagate 7200RPM Hybrid Drive of 500GB size
Get a 2GB SODIMM RAM upgrade
and you need an external DVD drive for about US$40.
and a 8GB memory stick for about US$12?

Total will top out at about US$500

Here's where it gets fun.
You can DUAL boot the machine and run both Mac OS X 10.6.7 and Windows 7 on it.

I've used this machine for work and home and I enjoy it immensely. Never ever caught out.

I can run word processors, spreadsheets, iTunes and the GIMP for image processing.

You'll be the envy of so many.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:35 AM   #3
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:34 AM   #4
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I'm not up to date on the latest netbooks, but they tend to be near-identical to the point that the critical differences are not specs, but ergonomics. How comfortably is the keyboard laid out? Is it a glossy or matte screen (I would highly recommend matte, especially for ebooks)? How does the trackpad behave?
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:18 PM   #5
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Some people use the enTourage eDGe as if it were a netbook. It has 2 screens that fold together like a book. One screen is e-ink, the other is LCD running Android.

It all depends on what your uses are: "University" is pretty vague, as is "netbook".

Best wishes to you! I hope you find just the thing!!
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:10 PM   #6
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We have a Gateway Netbook. It has an 11.1" screen and we really like it.

Filark, I found this thread looking for the eDGe forum. Still looking.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:29 PM   #7
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Particularly for a college student, I suggest you upgrade to a laptop with AMD Fusion. This is a tick above the Intel netbooks. There are now several more laptops to choose from, but the first good example was the HP dmz1, see HP dm1z: Taking Fusion on the Road. This is using the E-350 microprocessor, which is best if you can afford it. The cheaper option is the C-50, which is closer to the Intel Atom. See Brazos comes to Acer's Aspire One 522 netbook.

The two sites I link to above have reviews of other laptops, look under their "mobile" reviews.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:39 PM   #8
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Yeah. The AMD fusion notbooks (nickname for them) are very cool. Decent integrated graphics via the APU, great battery life. Smokes a standard Atom netbook, and great pricing.

The DM1Z is a pretty popular unit. There's an IBM model also but it's a little pricier for pretty much the same specs.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:52 PM   #9
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Benham, the eDGe forums (MobileRead and enTourage) are here:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=218
http://www.entourageedge.com/forums/forum.php

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Old 04-20-2011, 01:52 AM   #10
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It really depends on your major and how much power you need. Engineering majors will find netbooks totally inadequate for their needs. Meanwhile, a $250 netbook will be more than adequate for history majors.

My son switched from a laptop to a netbook (standard specs) for his last two years and loved it.
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Hello

One option can be the Asus ASUS Eee PC T101MT (review in http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/27/a...t101mt-review/).

10.1 inch, touch, inking (pen included), screen rotates and can be used as a slate (great for reading eBooks or magazines)… I’m writing this post in one!

Note: It looks that they are selling it in the US (at least in some places) with windows 7 starter and 1 gig of ram. If so, my advice is to get one more gig and upgrade to (at least) windows home premium (that’s the configuration we have in Europe).

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Thanks! I bookmarked the forum to check out.

Sorry for hijacking the thread for a couple posts.

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Going to university soon and I don't plan to use my old desktop while I'm there.
I want a netbook that's pretty light, steady and has a good quality battery that won't die on me after a year.
I'm guessing here ... you will use the netbook for some kind of reading activity?

I like Asus eeepc. Good quality, not too expensive and really light. But I remove the ugly Windows and usually install Lubuntu :-) ... uses about 200MB for running the operating system and couple of extra tasks; you will re-gain ~800MB (if you have 1GB of RAM) for other activities. Calibre runs on Linux too.

Asus eeepc ... at least for me ...
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Note: It looks that they are selling it in the US (at least in some places) with windows 7 starter and 1 gig of ram. If so, my advice is to get one more gig and upgrade to (at least) windows home premium (that’s the configuration we have in Europe).

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Wacala ... lol ....

Get rid of that ugly Window$ operating system and install Lubuntu. It's free, more secure and better. My wife is not a computer expert and she loves it; does not want to go back to Windows. Viruses are now part of the past for her.
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Get rid of that ugly Window$ operating system and install Lubuntu. It's free, more secure and better. My wife is not a computer expert and she loves it; does not want to go back to Windows. Viruses are now part of the past for her.

Does it run faster? I have Vista and my computer runs very slow most of the time. Right now, it's running fast but there are times where even using the internet is a drag. The pages load slow or become unresponsive and we have high speed internet.
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