Netbook recommendations?

Discussion in 'Technology' started by Daniel from Montréal, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. Daniel from Montréal

    Aug 4, 2000
    Montréal
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I'm looking at getting a netbook in the next couple of months. Now I'm guessing that there's going to be a whole swath of them by Christmas, but I was wondering if anyone on here had any recommendations / experiences to share.

    Battery life, pricing and keyboard are important. OS not so much.
     
  2. Chiquitibum

    Chiquitibum Member+

    Apr 4, 2004
    Norte
    Club:
    Pumas UNAM
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    hey daniel. Where are you from?

    lol j/k

    The new macbook pros are out
     
  3. Daniel from Montréal

    Aug 4, 2000
    Montréal
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    See where I said pricing was a concern? ;)

    Also: MBP not a netbook.
     
  4. royalstilton

    royalstilton New Member

    Aug 2, 2004
    SoCal
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    hey, Chitichitibangbang

    know what a netbook is?

    lol j/k

    i might be tempted to go with the eee 901.

    review
     
  5. Chiquitibum

    Chiquitibum Member+

    Apr 4, 2004
    Norte
    Club:
    Pumas UNAM
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    ah, mis read.

    meh, google is your friend dude. good luck.
     
  6. bigINTERNETTOUGHGUY

    Jan 25, 2008
    Chicago
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If OS isn't important, you might consider the Acer Aspire One (Linux). It's not a great machine, but you can now find for just a smidge over $300.
     
  7. Daniel from Montréal

    Aug 4, 2000
    Montréal
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    The AA1 looks like a solid recommendation. Anyone knows where I can get a 6-cell battery?
     
  8. royalstilton

    royalstilton New Member

    Aug 2, 2004
    SoCal
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    i know it's $500, but the eee 901 has twice the RAM, twice the HD capacity, and the battery life on the AA1 will drive you crazy.

    the Acer AA1 is about 2.5 hours

    the Asus EEE 901 is twice that.
     
  9. CutePuppy

    CutePuppy Red Card

    Nov 14, 2006
    I don't like EEE. It's too small and expensive but doesn't even have enough memory and storage to play/save my favorites porn. Weak shit only useful while on airplanes.
     
  10. luis_mx

    luis_mx New Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    Falls church
  11. Daniel from Montréal

    Aug 4, 2000
    Montréal
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
  12. luis_mx

    luis_mx New Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    Falls church
    Oh snap, I thought it said notebook! My bad... :eek:
     
  13. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Netbook, basically a stripped down computer good for internet and DVD/CD playing and not much else?

    In other words, it's like one of those portable DVD players that can browse the internet?
     
  14. bigINTERNETTOUGHGUY

    Jan 25, 2008
    Chicago
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You might try saying please and thank you rather than acting snippy when people are trying to help you.
     
  15. Daniel from Montréal

    Aug 4, 2000
    Montréal
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Please, this is the internet :p.

    Yes. Only with a keyboard and pretty much all other functionality of a computer. I won't be watching DVDs (BT is your friend) or handling video editiing or graphics-intensive design, and probably not playing games (I don't), but the lighter stuff (web, office suites, etc.) should be fine.

    It's a good thing to have for someone who travels a lot. Small and light.
     
  16. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Gotcha.

    I must be the only person who hasn't completely fallen in love with downloading stuff - whenever I try, it seems like I'm ending up with incomplete files, viruses, and whatever else. Not to mention, they seem to stiff-arm people into the whole "those who upload can download faster" thing which is where people are getting sued, by uploading.

    By the time I sit around waiting all day downloading a program, then downloading a little file to tell the program where to actually download what I want in the first place and waiting all day for enough "seeds" to "leech" onto, oy vey, if I don't end up with a virus, i've already given up and just bought the damn thing legit. (Which must be a complete shock to some people, but I still hold on the apparently archaic fact that if I like something enough, i'll spend money on it.)

    Not to mention, the director's commentary and various other extras are cool. And I still hate the people who put up file names like "Spiderman 3 - English!!! NO SUBTITLES!! NEW MOVIE!! HOT STUFF!! dot filename" What's wrong with a filename of "Artist - Song.mp3" ???
     
  17. Transparent_Human

    Oct 15, 2006
    Pale blue dot
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Mauritius
    For what it's worth, I've had a Toshiba laptop for my school work/surfing the web, charging my IPOD, listening to music on my heaphones, and light stuff like that my whole college career (almost 4 years) and it's still going strong, have had literally 0 problems with it. I bought it because it was the cheapest in the store at the time as well.
     
  18. joeybutterface

    joeybutterface New Member

    Nov 21, 2008
    London
    The Samsung NC10 is the current hot product.

    I just bought one and upgraded the RAM to 2gb. The battery lasts for 7-8 hours per charge. 160gb drive. Windows XP. And it looks gorgeous.

    Here's a nice youtube review here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT7ZXxkDbRc
     
  19. Boundzy

    Boundzy BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 1, 2003
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ars Technica has its Holiday Gift Guide with some recs for Netbooks. I imagine that other sites, such as The Tech Report, Tom's Hardware, and AnandTech - just to name a few, will have their gift guides out soon - or already have them out.

    Good luck!
     
  20. Daniel from Montréal

    Aug 4, 2000
    Montréal
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
  21. Daniel from Montréal

    Aug 4, 2000
    Montréal
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Bump

    Nearly a year after the original post, I've settled on the Asus Eee PC 1005HA, which I'll be picking up in the next couple of weeks.

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    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002DYIXMI/applipodtou01-20"]Amazon.com: ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU1X-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - 10.5 Hour Battery Life: Computers & PC Hardware[/ame]
     
  22. Jacen McCullough

    Nov 23, 1998
    Maryland
    I've had two Toshiba laptops over the last ten years. The first was a fantastic machine. Durable, no problems and the thing was dropped a dozen times with no problem. The second was a certified disaster. Random shut downs, noisy, slow, and had to go in multiple times for service. It's weird. The first Toshiba made me ONLY look at Toshiba's for a replacement. The second Toshiba drove me to Mac.
     
  23. IntheNet

    IntheNet New Member

    Nov 5, 2002
    Northern Virginia
    Club:
    Blackburn Rovers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Jacen: Just as an aside I noted something more than rumor recently that Apple plans to offer a netbook this fall... will be interesting if its retail price is kept low enough to generate interest:

    Report: Apple 'Netbook' Coming in October
    Taiwanese News Site Reports Fall Release Date for Long-Awaited Computer
    By GREGG KEIZER
    July 14, 2009
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/GadgetGuide/story?id=8079414&page=1
    Apple Inc. this October will release a netbook that will sell for about $800 and sport a 9.7-in. screen, a Taiwanese news site has reported. Talk of an Apple netbook isn't new, but the details from the story in today's InfoTimes fit the vision that analysts like Technology Business Research's Ezra Gottheil have had for nearly a year. (A translation of the original Chinese was posted by a commenter on MacRumors.) "The screen size, the fact that it will be a touch screen, is pretty much along the route I think Apple should take," said Gottheil. "The price point, though, is pretty high if Apple wants to do with [a netbook] what I think it wants to do.
     
  24. qthaiduongvnn

    qthaiduongvnn New Member

    Dec 19, 2009
    Netbook, basically a stripped down computer good for internet and DVD/CD playing and not much else?
     
  25. Daniel from Montréal

    Aug 4, 2000
    Montréal
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    No disc playing because no disc drive!

    No, it's good as an "on the go computer". I use it at school for web browsing and Office, and I have Dropbox link up all the files with my desktop at home.

    Light, small and 7-10h battery.

    Great as a secondary computer.
     

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