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Anyone got one?
Might get one for 100 squids... good idea?
I'm not sure which I'd go for right now but the NC-10 was being favoured. VAIO do one too and I trust their build a lot. Still, theirs is £400ish which is way too much.
But I can feel a generational shift.
The Eee PC is on Linux but for £100 I think it might be worth a punt, see how I get on.
You'll have to download the PDF errata or risk endless underscore_charlies. You're probably already TOTALLY fucked.
but if browsing plus word processing (or any general microsoft office/open office style application) is what your after you can't really go far wrong. Plus most EEE's come with a solid state disc and are well quick to start up.
you will quickly tire of the 800 x 480 screen resolution.
If dirt cheap purchase is the issue, and battery life soes not matter, the an old Acer Aspire One with a 9" screen is prolly your best bet. It has a 1024 wide resolution (which most websites will feel normal enough on) and the keyboard is decent.
In terms of less-than-10" screen netbooks, the only one I'd go for personally is the EEE 901. All other 9" machines others fail to match up one one point or another compared to the 901, which does what it does admirably.
In broader netbook terms, I have a Samsung NC10 (like the PC god craigfoley, it would seem) and I'm still struggling to see anything that offers better value for money.
And I realise that this is getting out of the price range quoted, so I'll not go into the newer EEEs that are nice (1101HA/1008HA).
In summary, no. It's probably a false economy. Consider an Acer Aspire One.
your boss is a fool to doubt your credentials. And with your book as backup, you're practically invincible.
Or has that been solved? ~2hrs isn't what I'd own a netbook for.
2 hours if you're lucky. The newer 10" Aspire Ones seem to have a slightly better battery, but they're nowt special. I keep an eye out when something pops up, but it always comes back to the NC10.
The only tiny niggle is that I'd like a slightly better resolution than 1024. But then you'd need a bigger screen for that to be sensible. And by then you're looking at the 11+/12/13" screen sizes. Which makes the machine bigger. So you'd want a consequent slimming down. Which takes me toward basically saying "I'd like a non-Apple Macbook Air for <£300". Which isn't gonna be happening in a hurry.
"If dirt cheap purchase is the issue, and battery life does not matter, [...]"
However a review I read claims the new DELL can be had at the same resolution for the same price but is more customisable.
Still, we're back in the £400 price range there, aren't we?
I reckon you're right about some Dells with >1024 width res screens. But, yeah, prices do start to rise when you get to that spec.
Not sure how much I'd get on with such a high res on a 10" screen. :-/
is fair enough. Yup, Linux is different.
For some godforsaken reason, the manufacturers of most netbooks chose to install dafty broken versions of linux with fisher-price-alike front end setups.
Easily fixed by installing a proper, full Linux like the popular Ubuntu, or Linux Mint (which is a more user friendly version of Ubuntu).
Or SuSE, or Mandriva, or Fedora are all Linux versions that would all have provided a better experience.
If you get hold of a cheapo netbook without Windows, it can be turned into a perfectly useable machine by downloading and installing any one of the above.
Most of the above can be installed off of a USB stick, too, if you haven't got an external CD drive.
They are what they are. Cheap 'puters. No-one should buy one with the intention of heavy duty video use or gaming. But they're fine for almost all basic tasks.