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Acer. It's available in blue, screen size be damned 4 16.00%
MSI. That slightly bigger screen is worth the extra cash 12 48.00%
what? What the heck is a netbook? 2 8.00%
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Old 01-28-09, 08:13 PM   #1
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PC Geeks, I need your input

I am looking at netbooks, and cannot decide between the Acer Aspire One, and the MSI Wind. Either way, it will be the one with the 160G HDD, and six cell battery.

Price difference is $50-60, with the MSI being a bit more due to the 10.1" screen, rather than the 8.9" of the Acer.

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portability or legibility
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For at home, I use either a pair of 17" monitors, or a 52". I also have two laptops - a 12" and 15". But for something like Interbike, where I walked/stood for 10 hours, I refuse to carry anything over about 2 lbs. For times like that, the netbook is perfect.
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Slightly bigger screen is always worth the money, in my opinion.
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I am looking at netbooks, and cannot decide between the Acer Aspire One, and the MSI Wind. Either way, it will be the one with the 160G HDD, and six cell battery.

Price difference is $50-60, with the MSI being a bit more due to the 10.1" screen, rather than the 8.9" of the Acer.

Suggestions and opinions more than welcome.
I just recommended the Asus EEE PC 1000h to a friend, and his wife seems to be enjoying it thus far. In my time using it (slightly), it's been more than readable for me.
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I just recommended the Asus EEE PC 1000h to a friend, and his wife seems to be enjoying it thus far. In my time using it (slightly), it's been more than readable for me.
The keyboard took it out of the running. It's just too compact.
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The Acer is definitely small -- the keyboard is small, the screen is small, the unit is small. But it's quite usable. The screen is sharp and bright. I wouldn't want to *work* on it for eight hours, but for surfing around it's pretty darn good.

Hook up a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and you have a desktop computer. Certainly not a powerful one, but fine for simple business apps like word processing, e-mail, and internet.

The touch-pad isn't that great. It's too small, and the buttons are on the sides (which works about as well as you'd think). A travel mouse helps.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the Aspire One.


When I was looking at the netbooks, I was also interested in HP's. I don't remember much specifics beyond an aluminum case and a larger touchpad. The HP's cost more, but I think HP has them on sale right now.
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I would consider the HP as well. I have found that in general, HP's stuff is as solid as you are going to get for the price range.

I love the small size and portability of a Netbook. I plan to get one eventually, just because its something to always have on hand, because its not a financial mess if it gets stolen, and if I'm running Windows 7 or XP on the machine, I can install TrueCrypt, ensuring the contents of the machine are protected.
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these days, manufacturer quality doesn't matter for laptops/notebooks of similar price. You pay more, it'll last longer, you pay less, it won't. so buy what will make you content, be it HP, acer, MSI, asus, lenovo, etc.
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Been using my new blue Acer One for a few weeks now and I have no complaints at all with the machine... the keyboard is a good size and the display is excellent.

I ran a bench test on my machine the other night and it scored very well as the solid state drive runs out like a 10,000 rpm hd and makes up for the slightly slower processor.

I have been using the netbook more than my desktop of late and have no complaints at all.
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I've had the MSI Wind for around a week now and I'm pretty happy with it. Screen size does make a difference--with my friend's 8.9" HP netbook I have to squint a LOT, but with the wind, I don't have to squint as much. The keyboard is good, though you have to get used to the scrunched , . and / keys and having to use the Fn button to use the pg up/down, home, and end buttons.

My only real beef with it is that the touchpad is too small and I always, ALWAYS, hit it accidentally while typing, which brings the cursor to weird places and I end up creating weird words like "justifianatomycation." Bah. The solution to that is easy though--disable touchpad and use wireless usb mouse instead.
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Oh, and the MSI Wind is available in pink. Hah. I got the black version though.
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Oh, and the MSI Wind is available in pink. Hah. I got the black version though.
You can get the Acer in pink, too.
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I did not see the papyrus and reed option on the poll. That is what I use.
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No experience with either....but, fwiw, I have not heard anything good about acer.
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My wife has the MSI Wind and loves it, especially after we upgraded the RAM to 2GB. We got it from MicroCenter for $289.

I've been using her old Eee PC 2G Surf that I installed XP Pro on. It works well as a couch computer -- something to have handy to look up something while watching TV. The 7" screen is too small to do much more than surfing mostly text sites. It's great for perusing BikeForums, because the ad column to the right ends up off the screen.
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No experience with either....but, fwiw, I have not heard anything good about acer.
I've got a 2-ft tall stack of dead Acer laptops I can show you before anyone considers getting an Acer... Personally, I find the Asus and Sony laptops to be of top-quality. You'll pay extra, but they won't fail on you.
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We've got an Acer laptop out for a $159 repair, but that was due to poor design coupled with being dropped.

I'm leaning towards the MSI at this point.
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Not having any feedback about any, I would say the bigger screen wins.
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Slightly bigger screen is always worth the money, in my opinion.
This.

Then again, one of the major reasons I'm not touching netbooks yet.
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I mentioned above that we'd upgraded the RAM in my wife's MSI Wind from 1GB to 2GB. There's a how-to video on the 'net showing exactly what to do. The guy who made it had the screws out before filming, and he sped up the part where he inserted the screws. The video is just under 3 minutes. From start to finish it took me about 2 minutes. It's incredibly easy to do, and makes a world of difference.
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I've got a 2-ft tall stack of dead Acer laptops I can show you before anyone considers getting an Acer... Personally, I find the Asus and Sony laptops to be of top-quality. You'll pay extra, but they won't fail on you.
the cheap acers do that, the more expensive ones are up to par with sony and asus.
I remember diagnosing plenty of acer, toshiba, fujitsu, HP, compaq and a few sony and IBM laptops that developed micro cracks at the BGA solder joint because of their flimsy construction.
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I figure the nice thing about netbooks is their size and lower weight and sure... you have to deal with a smaller screen with any of them but can adjust your display and fonts to make viewing easier.

I need glasses whenever I sit down in front of a computer so it's no big deal to me.

Since they are such a new development only time will tell how they all stand up to the daily wear and tear we subject them to.
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Although everyone I know who has the Asus likes them, I wouldn't get one myself. Too heavy and battery life is not good enough for the size. As far as screen size goes, the whole point of a netbook is to be small, so you don't want to go too big. However, the MSI is a nice machine.

I would not get linux. There are too many useful things that don't run on linux (e.g. viewers for streaming media requiring DRM from some sites) and you can always install unix utilities on your netbook.
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