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Old 10-10-09, 02:33 AM   #1
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Default Netbooks?

So I'm curious... what's your opinion on them?

I was pretty upset when I read a post on tomshardware about a bad experience with them... personally I love mine though. Performance / price really is as expected but 10 hours of battery life even with it running on windows 7... just godly.

Anyone else own one?

Also... it's an Asus Eee 1005ha - with the N280 Intel Atom and 2gb of Gskill DDR2-667 memory... the 1gb was still cutting it but it'd hit 90% memory usage under full load... not something I wanted to deal with when the upgrade can just cost $20
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Old 10-10-09, 02:41 AM   #2
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The deal with netbooks is portability. Thats all. Normal office tasks and portability.
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Old 10-10-09, 02:51 AM   #3
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The deal with netbooks is portability. Thats all. Normal office tasks and portability.
Right... which is what all users should expect... I shudder to think that someone would buy it for a full-time computer (I do know some people that have made that decision...)

I just can't imagine beating the $300-400 price-point with something that can last as long away from the wall.
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Old 10-10-09, 02:54 AM   #4
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I think its an interesting idea but I don't think I'd have much use for one personally.

If they were available in the $200 range without having horrible specs I'd consider getting one, but I think for what they are you're pretty much paying for something that performs like a computer from 2002 with a tiny keyboard, no optical drive, tiny screen and no interesting features over standard laptops (touch screen, buttons suitable for gaming, integrated GPS, etc...).

Good battery life is nice... but unless you spend a lot of time traveling and can find something worth while to do on a system that small (I can't imagine gaming with a 2" touch pad and or typing documents with a keyboard the size of my hand) I don't see a lot of reason for them.

I still think they're neat, just because they're so small, efficient and portable, but they just don't really do anything that makes them worth the money to me. I can get a significantly faster system for $400-$500 with a much larger screen, an optical drive and expansion slots and all I have to do is plug it in more often.

Now if I could get an ION based netbook with a dual core Atom, 2Gb of memory, an SSD, built in GPS and a rotating tablet-PC style touch screen... I'd definitely spend $400-$500 on one.

Never going to happen though.

EDIT: Interesting... I didn't realize Asus had something similar to this...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002GCR04Y

The Eee PC Touch is basically a low end netbook with a rotating touch screen. Pretty neat but the specs are just too low for the price.
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Netbooks will be phased out with products like the Dell Inspiron 11z and MSI x600/x400 CULV/Neo based products. This should make them perform more along the lines of a standard laptop.
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Netbooks will be phased out with products like the Dell Inspiron 11z and MSI x600/x400 CULV/Neo based products. This should make them perform more along the lines of a standard laptop.
You are high.
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Old 10-10-09, 09:46 AM   #7
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Capn.... I was unaware of that product too... it's pretty sweet

it looks like I'm the only one who had picked one up on these forums... not surprising considering how perfomance oriented this place is and how... bad they are at anything more than file encryption.
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Old 10-10-09, 10:36 AM   #8
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I actually just bought that same netbook for my wife(asus 1005ha), though mine has the n270. It's for her birthday so I have to wait a week to give it to her, but I decided to open it up last night and start to set it up for her and I was pleasantly surprised with how well the little thing runs!

It booted up very quickly and seemed to perform very well. I could watch youtube videos in standard def just fine, though hd was choppy, and it was just all around snappy.

How does it run windows 7? I may put 7 on it for her sometime in the future.

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BTW did swapping out the 1gig with a 2 really make that big of a difference?

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Old 10-10-09, 11:03 AM   #9
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I have an Asus eePC and its great. Super lightweight, good battery life, plenty of performance for office apps and surfing the web. No optical drive, and can't really game on it are the only drawbacks.
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I really would like a netbook. I just saw this in my Popular Science mag. What do you guys think about it? It runs Android.
http://www.archos.com/products/imt/a...n&p=guidedtour
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Old 10-10-09, 02:22 PM   #11
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I actually just bought that same netbook for my wife(asus 1005ha), though mine has the n270. It's for her birthday so I have to wait a week to give it to her, but I decided to open it up last night and start to set it up for her and I was pleasantly surprised with how well the little thing runs!

It booted up very quickly and seemed to perform very well. I could watch youtube videos in standard def just fine, though hd was choppy, and it was just all around snappy.

How does it run windows 7? I may put 7 on it for her sometime in the future.

Edit**

BTW did swapping out the 1gig with a 2 really make that big of a difference?
With windows 7 I was coming close to using all the memory. I wouldn't recommend jumping up to 2 with XP really because it just doens't need it... even in windows 7 I have yet to break the 1gb barrier but I have come very very close (950 MB) while doing homework which involved writing a .pdf, reading one, multiple IE sessions and Microsoft Visio being used...

I wouldn't say you'd need 2gb to make it effective even with Windows 7.

Also notes on installing it... it's super easy. The hardest part was getting the bootloader to load stuff right afterwards... I technically have 3 partitions to boot from ( 7 / Linux / 1005ha recovery partition)... I had to reload the GRUB bootloader but that's completely independant of windows 7... also installing from a usb thumb drive is really fast

The battery life went down ever so slightly... but not enough to notice, you have to run benchmarks to see the battery difference lol.
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I thought about getting one for me here @ work for personal use where I really only surf and do some email stuff, then akin to CaptnKill, decided my 15.4" 2004 laptop would still do that job just fine.

Currently, I'm considering one for my wife as well. She complains all the time about using her slow-ass pc to pay the bills, check her email, etc,. She used to use my laptop, but I'm confiscating that back and am thinking of a netbook.
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