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Title: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Charly on March 23, 2009, 07:31 PM
Hello,
  I am thinking about getting a netbook.  Anyone here have one, and if so which model and what do you think of it after using it a while?

Thanks
Charly


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: browndude3649 on March 23, 2009, 08:10 PM
I dont have one but am looking just like you. If your only gonna watch movies, snurf and mess with docs u cant go wrong. I think 300 400$ and u get a nice little portable gadget. I mean a portable DVD player cost 100-200$. laptop PC skies the limit. Netbooks are a smart move in a crappy economy like this one.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: mikenchico on March 23, 2009, 09:15 PM
Net Books don't have a DVD drive in them, I guess if your downloading your movies OK.



Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: browndude3649 on March 23, 2009, 09:26 PM
or a TB external drive full o movies. but netflix rox too


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: melnsct on March 24, 2009, 07:27 AM
I LOVE my Asus eee.
I added a second gig of ram and it is a dream!!!!!!


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Jeff on March 24, 2009, 08:14 AM
Net Books don't have a DVD drive in them, I guess if your downloading your movies OK.


Or rip your DVDs and load 'em up.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Dolphinboy on March 24, 2009, 10:04 PM
I think I'm going to get a Netbook too. Asus Eee model # ?


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: WinterDaze on March 25, 2009, 02:33 AM
I'm using my 'Eee 900HA' to post this! terrific little unit, would definitely recommend one, maybe not as a primary unit but as a 'carry around' it's fantastic, and the number of positive unsolicited comments I'm getting from the street is quite surprising...

Light, powerful enough for most day to day apps, and easy to carry around. Not to mention the price point. 2 thumbs up!

Melnsct, Hmmmm updating the RAM, sounds interesting, I will have to look into that. Is it something you can do yourself? or a send away job?? I'm new to small computers, and now a bit of a convert.

WD


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: fidelio on March 25, 2009, 03:21 AM
for what's available today, the ASUS Eee PC EPC1000HE is the way to go. as a matter of fact, i'm using one to type this.

nobody else can match this feature set in a netbook, regardless of price.

only the samsung nc10 comes close, but it's another hundred bucks and still can't best the asus.

i thought the dell mini 10 would really compete but looking at dell's website that seems not to be the case. the mini 10 only has slower more power hungry CPU's available, and a smaller battery, and for that you pay an extra hundred dollars when configured as closely to the 1000HE as possible.

for now, the ASUS Eee PC EPC1000HE is the best netbook available.

i've had mine for several weeks now and other than it collects fingerprints like chilese and pfouts collect kites, i don't have any complaints.

and the claim you can compute for 9 hours without a charge is no joke. the LED backlit screen uses less energy than previous designs and it's gorgeous as well.

one thing which continues to trip me out though is, the intel atom n280 1.66ghz cpu which is in this little bugger uses at full throttle, 2 watts of power!  ???  that's half one a night light bulb uses.

speaking of chilese, he's had a few minutes hands on with this one so he may be able to share impressions as well, since few retailers even know what a netbook is much less have one for you to finger, every opinion counts.

in 6 months you might see a rash of netbooks using nvidia chipsets with enhanced video capabilities, but from what i can tell, it's not a big enough incentive not to buy, unless you're going to try and game on the thing.

this one will play fullscreen 720p video, or fullscreen high quality flash videos, most other netbooks have serious trouble with this task.

1gb ram is standard, and i plan on spending the $20 to grab a 2gb module at some point but haven't gotten around to it yet. i wanted to have an idea of how it performed without it. i'd say for what i've seen so far, it would be icing on the cake.

the biggest advantage i've seen so far to netbooks which is generally one which is difficult to grasp until you spend some time with one, and that is; it's a portable answer machine. the sum of human knowledge can now sit patiently waiting right next to you on the couch, or on the countertop ready to answer most questions which arise in a curious mind. no more having to try and remember what it was you wanted to search for when you finally sit at your computer when your computer can now sit with you, answering those questions on the fly.



Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: melnsct on March 25, 2009, 07:24 AM
Fidelio said it all.
I have the same model and it is my primary computer now.
I did solve the fingerprint problem by purchasing a stick on skin from Amazon.....very cute.......with butterflys on it!!


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Dolphinboy on March 26, 2009, 01:14 PM
OK, I ordered a 1000HE. It should be here tomorrow, I hope I like the little guy :)


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Charly on March 26, 2009, 02:15 PM
Thanks for all of the feedback and e-mails you have sent me.  1 final question.  I tend to have large hands and fingers.  What is your feelings on keyboard size?

Thanks Again
Charly


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: fidelio on March 26, 2009, 04:05 PM
i'm 6'2" and heavy, i don't have any trouble with the keyboard, as evidenced by the post above.  :P

it's 'chiclet' style, meaning there's actually small gaps between each key so even with larger fingers the likelihood of hitting the key next door is reduced dramatically by the spacing. after a day of use i don't think one would even notice it.

however, had i any creativity i still wouldn't write a novel on it, lest i enjoyed writing in the park.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Allen Carter on March 26, 2009, 04:50 PM
One of my co-workers just set up a new Lenovo netbook as dual boot Mac OS the Win XP. Very slick device. Mac OS actually runs better than the XP in many ways. Pretty quick.

These things are gonna work on 3G networks soon. Very cool.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Dolphinboy on March 27, 2009, 09:59 PM
I rcvd my 1000he today. It seems very sturdy and well made. The 1000he is big and heavy for a netbook, but I knew that when I ordered it. My original choice was the MSI Wind but every review I read complained about the touch pad being too sensitive and non adjustable so I ended up with this. We'll see how I like it, I'm taking it on it's first business trip Wednesday.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: oyehut1955 on March 27, 2009, 11:49 PM
my son and my boss both have the acer aspire..  they are great little machines..  quick and easy to use..  I use one at woirk everyday and if i needed a laptop for 350.00 i would be buying one..  my son travels with his and loves it

hi charly ;)


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: fidelio on March 30, 2009, 01:21 AM
one tip for you guys:

if using windows, have it set to hibernate when you close the top instead of entering standby. the resume is almost as fast as returning from standby, but while hibernating uses zero battery.

with hibernation enabled, forget about standby or turning the thing off, just close the lid and you've done both.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: alleykat on April 03, 2009, 01:34 PM
I have been using an Acer Aspire for few weeks now and love it. My desktop decided to give up on me so this has become my main computer for now. I would like a usb dvd writer to have with it and then I could download movies straight into it.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: st3307 on April 03, 2009, 01:41 PM
 Hey Ally  you can  Build  your  own for less  then a 100.00  dollars   all ya  have  to do is  buy an IDE dvd burner   and  then the encloser  for  it   takes   about  20 mins  if that


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Bob D on April 08, 2009, 04:31 AM
re: keyboard: You could attach a USB keyboard if you really felt the need. You could even get a wireless keyboard/mouse combination which is really nice. I have one for my desktop and it works great.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: browndude3649 on April 08, 2009, 06:22 AM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834147969 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834147969)
considering HP mini 2140 for myself and my parents. 2 gigs of RAM and all the trimmings.
But 499$ is a bit steep.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Dolphinboy on April 08, 2009, 09:17 AM
considering HP mini 2140 for myself and my parents. 2 gigs of RAM and all the trimmings.
But 499$ is a bit steep.

$ 499 is the high end of netbook pricing. Keep in mind this HP 2140 only has a 3 cell battery (4hr advertised battery life).  That's one of the main reasons I went with the Asus 1000HE.  The Asus is heavy but a lot of the extra weight is a 6 cell battery.

MSI has a new netbook coming out soon that is supposed to have 15 hr battery so it should be 10+ real world battery life.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Coughitup on April 08, 2009, 11:36 AM
Looks like I found this thread a little late.  :)
I have an MSi wind u100. 1.6 ghz (overclocked to 1.9) processor. 120 gb hard drive. 2 gb ram. I have it set up to dual boot xp and Leopard OSX. Great netbook if you are interested in a Mac netbook. I really enjoy using this netbook. The pricepoint on these are great around 240 refurb. I found all my mod info on Msiwind dot net. As far as the touchpad, I have had no problems, but I perfer to use a moust on all my notebooks. Nice size keyboard and good boot speed. Great looking 10 inch screen. Speakers are a little tinny but can be helped by leaving the bass boost on.
Bryan


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: bt on April 08, 2009, 09:39 PM
Would they be harder or easier to loose than a blackberry?
I`ve had a little 7" asus eee w/linux , a gig of ram and a whopping 4 plus an 8 g flash drive(s) for about a year and it`s been perfect for what it is...a limited but quite versatile unit...3 usb ports for any peripherals or drives....excellent for most web stuff...travels really well.  Anything requiring more my mac book is incredibly portable, and sometimes both come along.
My partner has a 10" acer I believe and is quite happy. The only real drawback she has found was a couple of times had to carry a dvd/cd burner....or take a dvd/cd drive to a person who only had a netbook...
The keys on this little asus of course are smaller, but for me I could have keys the size of drum trigger pads and still be hunt and peck.....
My partner had an asus as well and had no problem with the keys as she`s one of those folks who can do 60-70 wpm without looking....
All in all pretty cool units.
bt


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: c2thew on April 10, 2009, 07:05 PM
my parents picked up the samsung nc10 from costco 1gb version which i will most likely use for school.  ;D  It was a tough choice between the asus 1000he and the samsung nc10 as both netbooks were clearly in the category of the "best bang for the buck."   However what it eventually came down to was the weight, the right shift key, and costco's added warranty.  the small mouse pad will get some getting used to.

my brother then loaded linux, much to my disagreement, and now i have to use open office to type up documents.   Then again, my brother is the computer engineering graduate.  :-[  here i go with linux.


Title: Re: Netbook Computers.
Post by: Dolphinboy on April 13, 2009, 09:13 AM
Our local Costco was completely out of netbooks or I may have ended up with the Samsung also. The 1000he does have a new keyboard that addresses the earlier shift key complaints. The battery on the Asus is lasting a long time for me, so far.