netbook help - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Laptops and Notebooks > Netbooks
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-19-2009, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Hershey, PA
Posts: 235
Default netbook help

I'm looking to get a netbook (or even an ultraportable, if the price is right). I will only have a max of like 600 to spend but if at all possible, I would like to not spend that much. I'm in my last semester of school so I do need it to multitask (bunch of web browsers open, word and if possible, music). Speakers would be nice. I don't know about linux. I don't know how to write the code or anything. Would it come with a prebuilt version or how does that work?

Any ideas on netbooks?

Thanks!
__________________

__________________
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800 (2x1GB)
Seagate Barracuda 320 GB
Rosewill 550 Watt
Hanns-G 19" Widescreen
CoolerMaster Centurion 5 Mid Tower
funkywaggnelz is offline  
Old 05-19-2009, 11:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
G33K P0W3R!!!!
 
bmxfreakrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: HickTown, California (hesperia), and West Hollywood
Posts: 2,068
Default Re: netbook help

Newegg.com - PCs & Laptops,Laptops, Notebooks & Netbooks,Netbooks,Windows XP Home,Intel Atom,1GB,160GB,802.11b/g Wireless LAN,

All have WIFI, come with XP Home (get a usb cd drive to upgrade operating systems), 160gb hdd's, and by default all netbooks have speakers lol.

Let me look thru that list and find the best deal

[EDIT]

Is battery life a major thing?

OH and any color preference? black, white, special accents, etc...?

[/EDIT]
__________________

__________________
Listen to my music! and random/funny videos XD
Need a HDTV? Come find me at BestBuy #108 in Victorville XD
:D-----v Just pwnt my cpu, 900mhz OC v-----:D
bmxfreakrider is offline  
Old 05-20-2009, 12:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Hershey, PA
Posts: 235
Default Re: netbook help

battery life: anything with an actual time of 4 or more hours. which shouldnt be hard with a netbook.

color: i would like something a bit unique/stylized instead of just plain.

do they all have wifi-N? any with 2 gb ram? can they all handle what i said above? thanks!
__________________
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800 (2x1GB)
Seagate Barracuda 320 GB
Rosewill 550 Watt
Hanns-G 19" Widescreen
CoolerMaster Centurion 5 Mid Tower
funkywaggnelz is offline  
Old 05-20-2009, 12:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
Putting the X in Sapper
 
SapperX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Boulder
Posts: 721
Default Re: netbook help

Get an EEE pc and never regret it. I've had mine for almost half a year and it works fantastic. I would specfically recommend the 1000HA or 900HA, I have the 900HA (its tiny).

Oh and if you want unique, get the 900HA... I turn a lot of heads due to its size.
__________________
My Current PC-
Intel Q6600 G0 |Western Digital 250gb HD
Seagate 500gb HD | Western Digital 500gb HD | VisionTek HD4870 | 4gb Cruical Ballistix Tracer DDR2 800
850w Thermaltake PSU | Cooler Master Centurian 590 | 2x Dell 22" LCD

-900HA EEE pc
SapperX is offline  
Old 05-20-2009, 01:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
AKA ComatoseClown
 
H4x3r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,526
Send a message via AIM to H4x3r Send a message via MSN to H4x3r
Default Re: netbook help

Quote:
Originally Posted by SapperX View Post
Get an EEE pc and never regret it. I've had mine for almost half a year and it works fantastic. I would specfically recommend the 1000HA or 900HA, I have the 900HA (its tiny).

Oh and if you want unique, get the 900HA... I turn a lot of heads due to its size.
got to agree here. i got my EeePc 900 a year ago...and i've put that thing through ****, it lives in my backpack with about 7 books..i've dropped it quite a few times as well....amazing signal on the wifi. I also get about 4.5hrs on battery with screen @ 50% brightness ......i love it lol
__________________
H4x3r is offline  
Old 05-20-2009, 02:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
Drizzt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Somewhere inbetween FL and NY
Posts: 3,187
Send a message via AIM to Drizzt
Default Re: netbook help

thirded on that eee pc... Just got mine a month ago and It is a little beast.
Get the 10.1" screen with the 160gb hdd imo. It's the 1000 something model.

If you are not a fan of the eee pc though, get the MSI Wind... it's essentially the same thing and I know someone who has one and enjoys it. Be warned if you get a black eee pc that finger prints get all over it. I happen to like it though because it lets me know when someone touched my netbook! Sneaky people in this house.
Drizzt is offline  
Old 05-20-2009, 03:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
Imperial Space Womble
 
Harper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,903
Default Re: netbook help

Quote:
Originally Posted by funkywaggnelz View Post
battery life: anything with an actual time of 4 or more hours. which shouldnt be hard with a netbook.

color: i would like something a bit unique/stylized instead of just plain.

do they all have wifi-N? any with 2 gb ram? can they all handle what i said above? thanks!
You might want to pick up an MSI Wind U100

MSI Wind U100
Intel Atom 1.6GHz, 160GB HDD, 1.3M Webcam, 10.1 Display, Wireless N, Bluetooth, 6-Cells, Win XP & International Warranty

Check retailer in your area as I live in Australia. The only thing that i don't like about MSI Laptops/Netbooks is that MSI does go crazy with the Void if Removed stickers. This means that if you want to upgrade your ram or hard drive, you will void your warranty in doing so.

My experience with the netbook is that it pays to purchase the larger display. I originally had an Aspire Aspire One with 8.9" Display. I did not mind the display. However the size of the keyboard made it rather hard to touch types. After using it for a month, I upgraded to an Lenovo S10 and have been rather happy with it. However I did have the older model with the 3 Cell Battery. Currently i am picking up a 6 cell battery just so I can have longer battery life.

Displays. Not sure what your preference is, but I fnd the non-glossy displays are much better on a Netbook. I use my netbook for reading PDFs and CBR files. I found that a glossy display on my Acer Aspire One made things hard to read. Not the case with the Lenovo S10.

Also, unless you have a second computer and know how to share a CDRom/DVD Rom, I would suggest that you purchase an external Optical Drive. You can either go for some thing USB Powered if you are going to be on the go all the time. Or you can purchase a 5 1/4 External USB Drive Enclosure with normal desktop DVD Burner in it. This is what I did as I have a spare DVD Burner that I was not using.
__________________

"I FEEL SO GOOD I FEEL SO NUMB, YEAH!!!" -- Rob Zombie
Main Rig - AMD FX-8350x8 4.0Ghz CPU, 4x 8Gb (32Gb) DDR3 Ram, Gigabyte GA-970A-D3, GeForce GT 970 4Gb, 1x 256Gb SSD\8Tb (3+2+2+1) SATA HDD, DVDRW, SB X-Fi, Win 10 (64-bit)
Asus N61JV-JX231V - Intel Core i5 3437u (1.9 - 2.4 GHz), 12GB, 640GB, 16" Display, nVidia 325M 1Gb, DVD-RW, Win 10 (64-bit)
Mobile Phone : Samsung Galaxy 5 Note SM-N920IConsole : Play Station 4
Harper is offline  
Old 05-20-2009, 08:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
El Mágico
 
snowsurfer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Spain
Posts: 390
Default Re: netbook help

This upcoming 11.6" / 2GHz netbook from Acer looks really promising TBH:

UK pricing for Acer 11.6 inch netbook revealed :: HEXUS.channel - Essential IT business intelligence

If the MSRP of the top of the line model (bigger battery, integrated 3G modem) in the UK is 460GBP, I am sure that you will be able to get it for 600 bucks in the States.
__________________
| i5-4690K@4.4 | MSI Z97 Gaming 5 | 2x8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws@2133/CL9 | Noctua NH-D15 | Fractal Design Define R5 | Samsung Evo 840 500Gb | Dell 3415W | 2xMSI 980Ti Gaming 6 SLI | Corsair RM 850i | Corsair K70 | Proteus Core | Windows 10 x64 Pro | FiiO E17 Alpen as DAC/amp | AKG K551 | Blue Snowball iCE |
snowsurfer is offline  
Old 05-20-2009, 11:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
Mod Emeritus
 
Puddle Jumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,286
Default Re: netbook help

+1 For the MSI Wind U100. I have had one for 6 months now and couldn't be happier with it. I also considered getting the eeepc 100HA but after looking at the two of them side by side I went with the MSI because of it's superior display.

This Samsung netbook also looks nice. It uses the less common Via Nano cpu which is actually pretty good and has a larger 12.1" display.

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG NC20-21GBK VIA Nano U2250(1.3+GHz) 12.1" WXGA 1GB Memory 160GB HDD Netbook - Netbooks
__________________

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition : Asus M4A89GTD PRO : Corsair 550VX
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4x2gb DDR3 1600 : MSI Geforce GTX 770 2gb : Antec 300
OCZ Agility 2 60gb SSD (OS) : SanDisk Ultra 120gb SSD (Apps) : Crucial M500 240gb (Steam) : Win 8.1 Pro 64bit
2x Samsung 2494LW & 1x Dell U2312HM Eyefinity

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 : Core i5 2410M : 12.5" 1366x768 IPS LED display : Intel 320 Series 120gb SSD

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stock 4.3 : Nexus 7 2 stock 4.4

Puddle Jumper is offline  
Old 05-20-2009, 12:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Southfield, Michigan
Posts: 5
Send a message via Yahoo to sr1963
Default Re: netbook help

I have the Acer Aspire One 8.9 inch. I love it. I use it for travel. Lightweight and full power of a laptop. XP Home comes loaded. 160 Gb hard drive with the Atom processor. I have gotten 5 hours on mine with the 6-cell battery. Wi-Fi works great anywhere you can find it. I love it and have not had a single problem. Highly recommend it.
__________________

sr1963 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need little help with netbook. e40water Netbooks 5 05-20-2009 09:19 PM
netbook question for netbook users peter_ming Netbooks 7 04-20-2009 03:39 AM
Wireless problems with a Netbook. Yet 2 days ago it was fine. Jayce Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 1 02-17-2009 08:37 PM
Netbook Gaming - Server Processing. zedman3d Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 1 01-23-2009 02:55 PM
The netbook newbie's guide to Linux Osiris Linux Tips and Tricks 0 10-22-2008 12:02 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.