anybody on here have experience with the little netbook computers

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anybody on here have experience with the little netbook computers

thinking about getting a 10.1 inch netbook. just the cheap ones off fleabay or maybe a 7 inch just for when i’m at work or out and about for trolling the internet and stuff. anybody know if there worth having?

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The no-name ones on ebay are trash and waste of money. the only Netbook i had that worked good was the Asus EeePC models.

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well i have a cheapo irulu 10 i inch on the way with a keyboard case. but i like that the netbooks looked a little more durable

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There are also bad tablets. Need to look through reviews.

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I've had several eeepc's and my current netbook is a Samsung N220  which was only $ 57.00 on Ebay. (I'm hard on them - they get knocked around and dropped)

They are fast enough for most things you may want to do and the dual core versions are actually quick

They have good battery life.

I have done video editing on one.

There are a three things you need to do to make them great.

1. Max out the RAM - most have 1GB it's cheap to take them to 2GB

2. Change the HDD to a 120GB SSD for best speed and battery life.

3. get rid of Windows - I use LMDE on mine (Linux Mint Debian Edition).

Using Linux is the secret as XP is no longer supported and Windows 7 is too slow on netbook hardware.

 

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Check out a Chromebook.
I got one with a hard disk, installed Ubuntu with XFCE alongside ChromeOS (via Crouton) and a larger battery, it’s perfect for travel now.

I hardly use my eeePC now.

Laptops = too heavy, stopped lugging them around in 2008 !

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Got an Asus eeePC and have been happy. Mostly use my Nexus 7 tablet for surfing now.

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I have one..work very well with netbuntu, in order to put 2gigs of RAM (single stick) you literally have to disassemble to get to the entire thing to get to the slot

I use mine mostly for my own SSL proxy Silly

Xubuntu is supposedly a VERY light linux distro that will work like a champ on 1 gig systems…it however has a learning curve

http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2013/10/12-great-linux-operating-system...

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Because Ubuntu’s desktop edition has moved to the same Unity interface as the netbook edition, starting with Ubuntu 11.04, the netbook edition has been merged into the desktop edition.

Ubuntu has the Ubuntu Netbook Edition built in..so download the latest image, get Universal USB Installer and it will put the image (ANY image) on a bootable pendrive and viola…install it and enjoy
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I’ve had my Dell Mini 1012 for almost 3 years and use it daily for work. It’s fine for most of my tasks and is much lighter than the 15.6” monster I used to lug around. I also carry a cheap portable DVD burner in the laptop bag for those rare occasions when it’s needed. Even with Windows XP, it can browse most websites just fine, but don’t expect to be able to do any heavy gaming or number crunching. I will say that the 10.1” screen is on the small side so if you have any vision issues, think a little bigger. I recently got a Dell 11.6” touchscreen netbook and the larger screen is helpful, but Windows 8 in its native form irks me too much, as well as being incompatible with most of my old school networking tools, so it just sits around keeping the battery pack warm most of the time. If you get a new netbook, it will come with Windows 8, so consider getting a touchscreen. It’s not an absolute necessity, but some netbooks have quirky touchpads, which just adds to the frustration of Win8. As for using a 7” netbook, I think most of those have low resolutions and would make browsing the current generation of media rich sites a real chore.

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thinking about getting a 10.1 inch netbook. just the cheap ones off fleabay or maybe a 7 inch just for when i’m at work or out and about for trolling the internet and stuff. anybody know if there worth having?
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I have one that ran XP, that’s why I got it. Dual core, 2G memory and 250G HD.
I just finished upgrading to Windows 7 and all the updates, 164 of them. The process took 36 hours, some of that over night while I slept.
I am about to start to use it for the first time. I wonder if it will be excruciatingly slow.

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2 Gig is bare minimum…don’t be surprised if it a slug man

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They are junk, Bad resolution, Bad Performance, bulky in comparison to a tablet. I hate them.
But i know People who use an old net book as a main computer, if I only use it 1 minute I want to smash it on the wall because they are so slow…

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Depending on the OS being used

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I have the Samsung N220 - with a single core CPU

It takes 19 seconds from switch on to reach the login screen, and from pressing enter after login to completely finished and ready to go another 10 seconds.

I'm using the full LMDE, not a cut down OS, with an encrypted home directory.

I seldom do a full bootup as closing the screen suspends it, and it takes only a few seconds after opening it to enter the password and start work.

 

 

 

 

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I have an Acer 100, for several years now, with an extended (large) battery. It came with Windows XP, but I now dual boot it, with XP and Windows 7. It’s like a 10” netbook.

As others mentioned, I replaced the original 1GB RAM with 2GB RAM. I wish it could take 4GB, but I think that when these came out, Microsoft was limiting makers to 2GB.

Anyway mine still seems happy with both XP and Win7, but I don’t think that it’d do well with Win8, so I’m staying with those.

I use a product from Terabyte Unlimited called Bootit NG (“BING”) for the boot manager and for partition management. They now have a newer product but I haven’t tried it since I have a bunch of licenses for BING.

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I had one of the first netbooks when they came out, the original Acer aspire one. Upgraded to 1.5GB RAM and 1.8” HDD it was a really nice device.
But for today’s internet use, they are a little slow I think. If you get one, try the Pale Moon browser (firefox with Atom optimization). A user agent switcher that makes the websites think you are using a mobile device may help, too.
I’d at least get a dual core one which has or is upgradeable to at least 2GB of RAM.

(I bought one of those quad core Atom tablets you can get now relatively cheap. The performance is really nice. I wish that I had the option to buy that processor in a 10” netbook instead of a tablet, though. Typing anything beyond a text message on a touch screen sucks. ^^ Now they are offering a few of them. I miss my netbook. ^^)

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My experience with Netbooks hasn't been positive. I had a an Acer Aspire One I bought from Costco with Windows 7 Home Premium installed and it was slow as shit. I ended up giving it away. Been through a couple of tablets as well, a first gen iPad(sold) and a second gen Nexus 7 which I still own. Personally don't like them because I much prefer a real keyboard and REAL full fledged web browser, not the scaled down bullshit browsers tablets have.   Bought a Asus ChromeBox I connected to a 22" Samsung TV/Monitor. It has limitations but it's fast as hell for what it does, and has real Chrome browser with all the extensions that tablets don't have . I'll be buying a ChromeBook soon since my experience with the ChromeBox has been great for basic internet use..

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Agree with DenBarret. The Asus EEE notebooks are about perfect (and cheap). Well least they were back when I bought mine.. They run great with Linux or Xp. You can do something like Windows XP with the older versions of Windows Blinds, make it look like 7. I used to even run vmware and it was responsive and fast- did fine. Has a lot of support from the Linux community and lots of mods too.

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I bought an ASUS EEEPC netbook for my daughter, it was a little slow (even with the memory at 2G) but otherwise a great netbook for a couple of years, until she spilled an ice tea on the keyboard.

I used an ASUS TF101 transformer (with the keyboard dock) for a couple of years. Not bad but I decided android isn’t for me.

I now have an ASUS T100T with the keyboard dock. Just about perfect, full windows 8.1, MS Office, easy to network/printers, good battery life, SD, USB and HDMI.

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I had a 1005ha eeepc as my primary computer for 3 years – the keyboard broke and I didnt bother replacing it since I have a laptop from work I use.

overall it was good for web browsing and regular everyday tasks but not much more

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I had one – it sucked. Slow and inconvenient. I only use my laptop now, but if I were to get another portable device it would be a tablet. There are advantages to netbooks, such as typing a long text – tablets blow in that respect. If you simply want a net-surfer, I would call tablet. For use as an extension of a home PC or laptop, go netbook.

For a dissenting opinion, I’d rather type on an iPad screen (in landscape view) than the HP Mini netbook I used with its tiny, crummy keyboard and lousy postage stamp sized trackpad. With a larger keyboard, I might feel differently. They aren’t great for web browsing either. The screens are too short, at least a tablet can be turned to portrait mode. It is hard for me to think of them being good for much of anything.

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I have 2 acer aspire one netbooks with 250gb ssd and 2gb ram one is running android for x86 (https://01.org/android-ia) and works well with Keyboard and mouse, the other runs XP pro sp3.

You can run the android off an attached usb thumb drive if you want, I use Kingston 32GB DataTraveler Micro USB Flash Drivefor a more flush fit.

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Yeah aspire one is a good netbook too. Have a pink one Smile It makes me look fruity when I’m using it but I like it. The trick is the software like wolf said. They aren’t made to run newer versions of windows.

If you want something snappy just go macbook. They go as far as to limit what os you can even use. Apple is smart in a lot of ways, but you pay.

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dookiecheap wrote:
Yeah aspire one is a good netbook too. Have a pink one Smile It makes me look fruity when I’m using it but I like it. The trick is the software like wolf said. They aren’t made to run newer versions of windows.

If you want something snappy just go macbook. They go as far as to limit what os you can even use. Apple is smart in a lot of ways, but you pay.

I think that mine runs better/faster with Win7 than it does with the original WinXP, or it feels like it, anyway.

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They’re OK but you need to use a Linux based OS.

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netbook for long flights, great battery life and worked fine using the Atom dual core. Got power mad, sold it, got 11” Clevo W110ER. Plays just about any game, well,at native with battery life about 4.2 nano seconds.

I just sold Asus UL30vt for $125. Lots if you look around and trust who to buy from.

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If you will always be connected to the internet, and are only doing web based tasks exclusively, then I highly recommend a chromebook.

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