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I'm thinking of buying a 10.1" (-ish) Netbook in the £200-250 price range.

It will be used mainly for web browsing & email when we're away from home, together with occasional photo viewing (but not editing) & as a second computer to avoid the "how long are you going to be" arguments at home.

My requirements therefore are:

good wi-fi connectivity
solid, robust build
good battery life
keyboard with good "feel".
SD card slot (Xd is possible, but not essential).


Fast graphics & good sound quality are not important.

So :)lol:), any recommendations or, probably more important, warnings as to products to avoid?
 

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We've got a really nice Acer Aspire but since we've had the iPad, it's been gathering dust.

I strongly suggest that you look at an iPad. It ticks all of your boxes but will have a battery that'll do almost 3 times what a netbook will do & will trounce it in terms of usability & portability:)

An office type suite of programs are readilly available and there are superp photo & video editing apps too. None of these are expensive.

You can add a BT or fixed keyboard if you can't cope with the screen but I doubt very much you'd she'll out after using one.
 

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Really? On a £200-250 budget! :confused:

I've used four different brands over the last 2 years. Asus EEE PC and Samsung are definitely the best IMO.
If op can stretch there budget i'd agree, ipad just gets better and better, i havent touched my home laptop in months and any power use is done on my desktop with a Myriad connectivity options and more power.

Plus if you get one on a contract it works everywhere :)

Whats not to like?
 

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The boss has a Samsung that we bought a year ago. Great little thing - about 8 hours battery life, good connectivity, and it's possible to hack the Win7 software to allow the screen resolution to increase enough for it to run some photography stuff.

...but, I've been contemplating buying her an overpriced piece of fruit (Air) in the future, as it's thinner and should take a bit more of the abuse she throws at it.
 

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I strongly suggest that you look at an iPad. It ticks all of your boxes but will have a battery that'll do almost 3 times what a netbook will do & will trounce it in terms of usability & portability:)
I'm struggling to see how an iPad "ticks all of my boxes".

Is it a net book? No
Is it in the £200-250 price range? No
Does it have a keyboard with good "feel"? No, it doesn't have a keyboard.
Does it have an SD card slot? No - not even a USB port.

Not many ticks there! Apple? No thanks!

An office type suite of programs are readilly available and there are superp photo & video editing apps too. None of these are expensive.
More expensive than the free Windows software that's even more readily available - a moot point as I don't really need them!

I've looked at tablets, netbooks & full-size laptops; for what I need a netbook is the best compromise, so the question is quite simply which netbook.

Whats not to like?
An expensive solution to a simple problem?
 

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I'm struggling to see how an iPad "ticks all of my boxes".

Is it a net book? No
Is it in the £200-250 price range? No
Does it have a keyboard with good "feel"? No, it doesn't have a keyboard.
Does it have an SD card slot? No - not even a USB port.

Not many ticks there! Apple? No thanks!



More expensive than the free Windows software that's even more readily available - a moot point as I don't really need them!

I've looked at tablets, netbooks & full-size laptops; for what I need a netbook is the best compromise, so the question is quite simply which netbook.



An expensive solution to a simple problem?
Got to :lol: at that response, who creates the iHaters I wonder? :rolleyes:
 

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I know you said no to tablets but after using my sisters netbook for a while im really not a fan; for me its like using a poorly equiped laptop.

Have you considered a Blackberry tablet?

You can pick one up for around £170 and one of these for £25 for a better keyboard feel - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brand-New-Bluetooth-Keyboard-Case-Cover-Blackberry-Playbook-7-Tablet-/270835015502?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f0f065f4e

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They are not very good
 

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Right now I'm holding back from purchasing as the third-generation Intel Atom processors are becoming available, so I'll see how the market progresses over the next couple of months.
 

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Dave - if you're after something cheap then I have a Compaq Mini 110c which isn't being used (got a Macbook now). It's got Ubuntu installed on it which runs very well. It's about 2 years old (this model) and it's all in good working order and great condition - has a little netbook bag with it. I've upgraded it from 1 to 2Gb of RAM.

PM me if you're interested. :)
 

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I havent yet seen an net book that is even half decent. Even Lenovo are making the flimsy little things which fail after 1 year.

In my opinion a Laptop or netbook should last 5 - 8 Years. We have turned into such a throw away nation and things are going to have to change soon.

Manufacturers know exactly how to make things last, they choose not to nowadays.

A net book will never replace a full laptop and usually only good for having one website open at a time.

The smallest laptop i'd recommend is a 12.1" 2510p which were over £1200 new and dual core & still 'whip the ass' of a slow new Atom net book. They have built in DVD Writer, 2GB Ram, 120GB 1.8" Ipod hard disk and are Really well made.

You can pick them up for £170 or so now - unbelievable!

HP Compaq 2510p ultraportable laptop PC - PC Advisor

Remember - any laptops new in shops designed to fail, Business Laptops designed to last!
 

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A net book will never replace a full laptop and usually only good for having one website open at a time.
In other words, entirely suitable for my intended use. For something that will in reality see very little use I can live with cheap & cheerful. It's a bit like buying a second car that will only be used for occasional shopping trips - I don't need a Ferrari, a little Korean hatchback will do the job.

Looks like I'm in a small, rapidly-declining minority whose needs are met by netbooks!
 

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Yep fine for that,

I see people buying them as cheap laptops and trying to do everything on them.

I always compare laptops to cars too, only seems to help the blokes understand though :D
 

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Ive got a pile of hp 2133 netbooks at work we dont use anymore, very robust little machines but screen size doesnt relly cut it.
 

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I have a Samsung net book. I'd never buy another.
Me too, serves a purpose, all I do is watch films on it in my lorry but its slow and not very responsive. I occasionally go on the net on it at home but my phone is quicker. Should have spent another few squid and got a full size one but depends on your needs I suppose.
 

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Right now I'm holding back from purchasing as the third-generation Intel Atom processors are becoming available, so I'll see how the market progresses over the next couple of months.
I have a HP DM1 running the AMD E450 with ATI Radeon graphics, its often on offer at £270

Decent CPU speed and unlike Intel decent Graphics chip, runs for 5-7 hours on a charge, multitasks well, I run many tabs with flash and virtual machine with no bother, in down time it'll even do some gaming like Dead Island at near console level quality (not high level like my games PC but good enough to enjoy, plus there is always onlive if you want that sort of thing on a netbook though I suppose)

I'd recommend it, great usable netbook with a decent screen that doesn't completely washout on tilting like the Lenovo x121e I had before it (broke after 5hrs)

Looks like I'm in a small, rapidly-declining minority whose needs are met by netbooks!
You are not alone, netbook does all I need for general use, just upgraded my 2+yr old eeepc to this DM1 the upgrade was primarily because flash was bringing my eeepc 1000H to its knees and the 1024x600 res was a bit restrictive, this machine is a whole other level though I will admit its not as well built as my 1000H which is like a childs toy and just wouldn't die, the HP is good enough though.

Does everything I want from a portable system, far more than an ipad could manage.
 
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