Puffy Junior is 18 next month, and I want to replace his old laptop.
I like the look of the £200 Samsung netbook, but I wondered if the performance gap vs a laptop was just too wide? It certainly seems higher spec than his current 5 year old machine. Are new laptops that much better?
He will need to be able to do coursework, facebook, spreadsheets rather than games/video. Doesn't use a lot of storage for music, and I suppose these days memory sticks do the job of a cd drive.
Any techie advice welcome please
Yes he can always use the PC or another laptop if he has proper work to do.
I just think it's far more portable than a laptop, and with the longer bateery life he really could be completely wireless.
If there are other machines in the house for 'proper' work then a netbook is ideal, you don't need anything else 95% of the time.
Ours comes on holiday with us and connects to hotel wifi/airport business desks etc.
I have an acer aspire for home use - had it a few years now (and an ASUS EEE before that). Its fab and cost about £150 Its linux though so I dont know the windows works with regards to loading up/closing down as netbooks do tend to have lower RAM than PCs.
If I was buying again now (and I am sorely tempted by it anyway)...I would get the new ASUS tablet with keyboard for about £400, because it moves you up into the next spec of stuff, but doesnt have the limitations that either the iPad has (no office for example) or other tabs have (proper keyboard) and its so light its ideal for traveling.
*dribbles a little at thoughts of asus tablet*
I've got an Acer Aspire netbook. A couple of years old but the spec for these things is pretty much identical. It's fine for basic browsing and interweb stuff and has enough horsepower to run a decent word processor and other business software easily enough, especially if it's a version or two out of date (MS Word 2003 runs fast, for example). As others say, the inhibiting factors are screen and keyboard size more than anything else. Mine's got the six-cell battery and I can get close to 6 hours of continuous use before recharging.
Should be just the job for taking notes at lectures, and so on.
If you're realistic and clear on what the intended uses are, they're excellent little machines.
Yes indeed. First thing to do with any new pooter, laptop or netbook is clear out all the crapware and especially the startup list. Surprising how much faster these things go when you've stripped out Adobe Acrobat, Norton Security (shudder), Nero, umpteen automatic updaters and other system-resident stubs etc.
Mr Puffy, if you look around a bit you can find machines with 11.6 in screens, about halfway between netbook and laptop.
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