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Old 09-14-10, 06:47 PM   #1
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Looking to get a netbook.

I've been reading a lot of reviews and what not and I've narrowed things down.
These fit my price range and main requirements.
ASUS 10.1" Eee PC 1001P-PU17-BK
Acer 10.1" Aspire One AO521-3530
HP 10.1" Mini Netbook PC (210-1070NR)
I'm kind of leaning towards the Aspire one, then the Eee because they have more to offer.
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go to a computer shop and try typing out some text on those models.
They're all pretty much a tie, but the HP and asus are supposed to have better keyboards than the acer.
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ASUS as a brand is more reliable than the others, and ASUS has some models that have real good battery life. I would also advise checking them out in person, because their feel can vary a bit and som keyboards did feel better to me than others.

Personally, I wanted a slightly larger screen so I got a Toshiba ultralight with 13" screen. It cost a little more than a netbook, but doesn't weigh much more and has a lot more power, including a dual core processor and Win7 Home Premium.
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Try out each of them. Their keyboards vary in quality. I found the Asus keyboard to be the best to use.
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I have the Acer Aspire One for travel use and it does the trick for that. Definitely not as powerful/fast as a laptop but for simple uses like web browsing, word processing, and skyping with my sister who lives in another state it does the trick.

Got mine for a crazy deal on Black Friday last year but had to camp out in front of Sam's Club for it.
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I've been reading a lot of reviews and what not and I've narrowed things down.
These fit my price range and main requirements.
ASUS 10.1" Eee PC 1001P-PU17-BK
Acer 10.1" Aspire One AO521-3530
HP 10.1" Mini Netbook PC (210-1070NR)
I'm kind of leaning towards the Aspire one, then the Eee because they have more to offer.
Early '10 I got the white Asus Eee rated at 11hr bl, which is actually more like 8hr. Frankly, it is a great netbook, I never use my laptop anymore. I give it a big thumbs up, and I'm pretty critical. Oh, you will not love the Win 7 "starter" on some of the Asus machines.
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I have heard from IT professionals I know that Asus has horrible customer support. And a friend loves her Asus.

I did my research and almost got a Toshiba, but then Dell had a really deal through their/our employee buying program (I don't work for Dell but employees of our company get discounts on Dell). I am loving it, but, have had it only 1 month. It has XP, and it's great. The F11 key on this machine resizes video frames; I can watch the Daily Show in the entire screen w/o having to scroll.

If it hadn't been for the price, I would have gotten a netbook with Windows 7. Supposedly, XP won't be supported in a couple years. I didn't know if I would like the netbook, minimized my losses by buying the cheaper option.

If XP becomes obsolete before this fails, I'm hoping I could try loading another OS (Ubuntu? Linux?) for practice on the netbook. But I'm not sure if these OS are built to run on netbooks or not. But, I'll worry about it when the time comes.
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The Acer has the AMD Neo 2, which I believe tends to slightly beat the Atom N450 in performance. The Acer's NVidia graphics chip will also be an asset for watching high definition videos. On the flip side, the N450 netbooks easily beat the AMD netbooks in regards to battery life. I would say that aside from the ergonomics of the keyboard, these are your strongest point of comparison. Will you need performance more, or battery life?

Beyond that, Asus has a pretty good reputation for hardware, but I hate the bloatware they install on their products. Still, I lean towards the Asus over the HP if you decide to go for an Atom-based netbook because it has a matte screen. The glossy screens look nice in showrooms, so they sell by the (literally) millions, but the reflections are a major pain in bright lighting. On my laptop, in the worst cases, I can see what is behind me reflected on the screen better than I can see what the screen is displaying unless I get the tilt exactly right.

FlowerBlossom - You will continue to be able to use XP for web browsing and word processing for years. At worst, you simply won't have access to some of newest features.

Also, several different Linux distributions have lightweight, netbook-specific builds, including Ubuntu.
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The size and keyboard don't concern me. Battery life isn't a big deal because I can plug it in when needed. I'm leaning towards the Acer for the graphics like iamlucky stated but the Asus makes it a close cut so I am mainly stuck between those two.
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I have heard from IT professionals I know that Asus has horrible customer support. And a friend loves her Asus.

I did my research and almost got a Toshiba, but then Dell had a really deal through their/our employee buying program (I don't work for Dell but employees of our company get discounts on Dell). I am loving it, but, have had it only 1 month. It has XP, and it's great. The F11 key on this machine resizes video frames; I can watch the Daily Show in the entire screen w/o having to scroll.

If it hadn't been for the price, I would have gotten a netbook with Windows 7. Supposedly, XP won't be supported in a couple years. I didn't know if I would like the netbook, minimized my losses by buying the cheaper option.

If XP becomes obsolete before this fails, I'm hoping I could try loading another OS (Ubuntu? Linux?) for practice on the netbook. But I'm not sure if these OS are built to run on netbooks or not. But, I'll worry about it when the time comes.
General support for windows xp has already ended; updates for security will be made until April 2014.
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If XP becomes obsolete before this fails, I'm hoping I could try loading another OS (Ubuntu? Linux?) for practice on the netbook. But I'm not sure if these OS are built to run on netbooks or not. But, I'll worry about it when the time comes.
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I have an Acer Aspire. It works just fine for me. It came from Walmart on sale.
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I have teh Asus 10.1" and I love it, its perfect for sitting out on the deck and surfing around online. Its got a good battery life as well. I can usually use it for 2 or 3 nights without having to charge it.
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Get an iPad. The next revision of the iOS for the iPad will have printing capabilities.
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+1 on the Asus, and also +1 on Ubuntu for Netbooks.

(hey, if he can shill for the ipad, surely I can plug for linux! )

Another thing to note is that while XP security updates will run out in 2014, I wager that Firefox, Google Chrome, etc., will be made for XP long after that. If you're just surfing the web on it, the browser might be more important than the operating system.
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Get an iPad. The next revision of the iOS for the iPad will have printing capabilities.
A tablet isn't quite comparable to a netbook (for example, if you want a physical keyboard) and the cheapest version of the iPad cost several hundred dollars more than the netbooks Fuzzbox is looking at. iPad's have their virtues, but if he wants a netbook, he should get a netbook.

Anyways Fuzzbox - sounds like you've made a good case for picking the Acer. Unless you have specific reservations you want opinions on, I say go for it.
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2014?! Linux/Ubuntu for netbooks?! Awesome!!!!
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A tablet isn't quite comparable to a netbook (for example, if you want a physical keyboard) and the cheapest version of the iPad cost several hundred dollars more than the netbooks Fuzzbox is looking at. iPad's have their virtues, but if he wants a netbook, he should get a netbook.

Anyways Fuzzbox - sounds like you've made a good case for picking the Acer. Unless you have specific reservations you want opinions on, I say go for it.
Tru dat. On the other hand; if the OP can afford an iPad then it would be better. The reason being that one could pay a bit more for an iPad and be very satisfied vs. being thrifty and go for a netbook while putting up with its subpar experience.

I'm just saving him a bunch of headaches in the long run

p.s. Apple has given you the option to buy a Full sized physical keyboard for the iPad.

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Tru dat. On the other hand; if the OP can afford an iPad then it would be better. The reason being that one could pay a bit more for an iPad and be very satisfied vs. being thrifty and go for a netbook while putting up with its subpar experience.

I'm just saving him a bunch of headaches in the long run

p.s. Apple has given you the option to buy a Full sized physical keyboard for the iPad.



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True, but subpar experience is in the eye of the beholder (who is incidentally a she). For those who don't wish to be chained to iTunes, and don't want to worry about a separate physical keyboard, and want their portable device to behave more like a small computer than an overgrown iPod... there is a netbook waiting.
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True, but subpar experience is in the eye of the beholder (who is incidentally a she). For those who don't wish to be chained to iTunes, and don't want to worry about a separate physical keyboard, and want their portable device to behave more like a small computer than an overgrown iPod... there is a netbook waiting.
A choppy OS working on a computer with very basic specs is pretty subpar. The OS for the iPad was actually built for the iPad (which was designed before the idea of the iPhone) but later turned into an iPhone and iPod OS.

The iPad can achieve all the basic tasks required of most Netbooks and can do them much more efficiently.

p.s. apologies to the OP for the gender confusion.

p.p.s if the OP is on the fence re, netbook vs iPad, she could always visit an Apple store or a Best Buy and try 'em out.

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I'd rather get an iPod touch than an iPad. I've checked the iPad out before and I don't really like them. Plus why would I spend that much to only get 64gb when I could get 250gb. Also, I would rather not buy overpriced accessories like a keyboard. I want a netbook mainly to type stuff up and browse the web. (I still don't care if the keyboard is small) Imo I think $299 for what I want is a better deal, I could care less about the system because it can be tampered with.

Now that, that is done with. I'm kind of leaning towards the Acer Aspire. However, the Asus has F9 recovery. The price is so close I just can't choose like that.
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Now that, that is done with. I'm kind of leaning towards the Acer Aspire. However, the Asus has F9 recovery. The price is so close I just can't choose like that.
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Good idea. Speaking of Ubuntu how hard is it to customize it?
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I'd recommend them in the order you have them listed, and I wouldn't recommend the HP at all, simply because it only allows a max 1GB RAM. The ASUS will take 2GB, while the Acer will only take 2GB if you're running something other than Windows 7.

My wife has a MSI Wind netbook that we upgraded to 2GB of RAM running XP, and she's able to run Photoshop and Office on it with no problems (although I will admit I doubt she runs them at the same time). Upgrading the RAM made a world of difference to the performance. It also took longer to watch the video of how to upgrade the RAM than it to to actually upgrade the RAM.
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Customize it how?

In most aspects, its pretty darn easy to customize.
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