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post #1 of 19 Old 12-20-2009, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Netbook? Basically laptop lite??

I have a home desktop computer, and a company provided laptop that I use STRICKLY for work related use.. I keep all my personal stuff off the work laptop.. I'll surf for bike and gun stuff while sitting in my hotel room, but other than that, it's strickly for business stuff...

That said, I'd like to have a laptop for personal stuff.. I wouldn't carry it with me for work (I carry too much crap as it is) but I'd like to have a laptop to use at home, and also when I'm on bike trips I'd like to have internet access (if available) and when I'm in a motorcycle road rally I'd like to have my mapping programs..

But, I don't want a full size laptop to lug around.. So...

Are these netbooks up to what I want?? They're mostly under $300, small, light, etc.. Is the RAM expandable, as I see most are just 1GB??

Any light on the subject will be better than the darkness I currently have.. Yeah, I could ask this stuff on a geek forum, but what fun is that??
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-20-2009, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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By the way, this is the one I'm seriously kicking around..
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post #3 of 19 Old 12-20-2009, 01:45 PM
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I have a 10 inch Acer from Costco, I love it. I travel with it and once you add Word you can use it just like your desktop. Yes it is a little slower, it doesnt have a cd drive but for the size you can overcome it's faults. I have read you can double the ram I never have.
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My folks just got one. I'll check it out for you. If size is the deciding factor and you just need it for basic functionality, then I think it's a good idea. If you want a decent webcam, speed, etc. maybe not so much.

My bro in law is a programmer and he rails against these things, but he's not always right.

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HDD vs SSD (Solid State Drive/Flash) would be my concern for durability and getting better battery life. That Samsung is one of the nicest I've seen for the money though. Asus has a EEE1000 out with a 40gb SSD already in it, but it's about $600+. Amazon has that Samsung for $280 and free 2 day shipping. That's pretty hard to pass up. Add $114 Calgary 32gb Sata SSD and your still reasonable. Asus EEE PC T91 8.9" is probably the coolest netbook currently made because it can spin around and collapse for touchsrceen tablet mode and already has a 16gb SSD in it and can use 16gb sd cards. $529 on Amazon. Tablet mode is perfect for using it as a GPS. I've been keeping my eye on T91 prices for awhile. If the screen was transflective I would have already had one without hesitation.
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post #6 of 19 Old 12-20-2009, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!! I figure I'll shop for a while and see if the prices drop a bit after Christmas..
As I mentioned, I'm mostly after something to do some research and get emails, and run my mapping program on occasion. No webcam use, and as a KLR rider, I'm cheap and want to keep the cost to a minimum, while still getting what I want in a reliable package (sound familiar?)

Most that I'm looking at are the standard 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, etc.. Basically, I was told by a guy who's actualy a Best Buy Geek Squad worker that if you're used to using a computer that was made 2-3 years ago, you're golden.. Guess what?? That's what I'm used to.. LOL

I'll keep looking, and I know I get an extra discount at work if I buy it through our IT guys at work, through Tigerdirect.. And, shipping is free and there's no tax if I send it across the border to Wisconsin (where I work).. And TD is only a bit over an hour from me, so anything I order will be there the next day..

Thanks again, everyone!!
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I have an Acer Aspire One and really like it. It goes on all my road trips.

It came with Windows, but I added Ubuntu for a dual boot capability and use that almost exclusievely.

Windows is good to have, though, for Mapsource for my GPS.
The keyboard is a bit cramped for heavy duty work, but fine for browsing and e-mail.

I'd recommend a 160 Gb hard drive model, and the memory is usually cheap and expandable to 2Gb.

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A few of my friends have the Acer models and love them.
We did a 10000 mile four week trip to Alaska last June and they worked great.
A lot easier to use and carry then my full sized laptop.

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Look at the HP Mini 311

That is if you want expandability, better performance, Windows 7 or XP, and maintain the small foot print. This computer is thinner than comparable Mini's.

Of course the one I want is $600ish.


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My 11 year old daughter just bought a Gateway Netbook LT2032u. Most of them all run the same Intel Atom processor with 1gb ddr ram. Performance wise it's about the same as my 3 year old laptop but it's harddrive is 3x larger with 240gb. Size wise it is a little crammed if you're planning on doing a lot of typing but otherwise perfect for web browsing. It came with Windows7 starter. Whatever unit you get be sure it has the 6 cell battery. A lot of them have 3 cell batteries to lower the price of the unit. It will run about 6 hours on a charge. The best my laptop would do is 2 hours.
This is the same basic unit but with a 160gb harddrive and 3 cell battery. The one we bought was on sale for $280 before Thanksgiving rocessor+-+NightSky+Black/9568639.p?id=1218125775468&skuId=9568639

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