I really want a cute little pink one.
I don't do much on the computer just basically play around on yahoo answers and stuff. sometimes shop and download music for my jambox.
I saw a pink little like this one http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?...uct_id=11082474
and i want it.
So i can stop using my dads virus magnate.
BUUUT i've heard these net books aren't any good.
I don't need a fancy computer or anything but i don't want to buy crud.
Are these net books any good ?
If not what should I get ?
It doesn't have to be a laptop either. I actually hate the mouse thingy for them so it would stay at my desk with a usb mouse :]]
Acer makes a nice little netbook. The specs on this one are pretty decent. I've had my netbook (not an Acer) for six months now (currently responding to you with it). The only item that you need to know that isn't listed here: how many 2.0 USB ports does this netbook have? Some have 3 and some have 2. It makes a difference.
Also, take a close look at the specs on the battery. Many netbooks now come with a 6-cell battery, which usually lasts anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. A 6-cell battery is no larger in size, yet only slightly heavier (by fractions of a pound) than a 3-cell battery, but they last twice as long. Unless you plan on being tethered to an electrical outlet, that's an important feature.
Some netbooks are bluetooth enabled as well (this Acer is not). While they will set you back just slightly
more money, that's something you may be interested in, particularly if you have a bluetooth capable phone or PDA device.
You also need to actually put your fingers on the keyboard. Some manufacturers in order to save space have greatly trimmed the netbook keyboards (some have omitted the Shift key on one side althogether). Since WalMart is selling this item, they may have one on display. If not, I know that Staples does sell the Acer models and a few others. The netbook doesn't have to necessarily be turned on for you to place your fingers on the keyboard and see how it feels -- can you tell one key from the other, or do they all kind of just slide together; are the keys arranged similar to a standard laptop or have they been rearranged which will take some getting used to; is the touch pad large enough to accommodate you (some have complained about that); does it feel comfortable when you try to type your name or anything, for that matter?
Also, try to find out how much software is pre-installed on this system. Some netbooks come pretty clean, others have a load of junk pre-installed.
A netbook will be able to get on the internet reliably, run Microsoft Office 2003 (and some even come pre-loaded with a trial of Office 2007, so obviously that will run), and run other basic programs. It is not intended to handle high-end programs like Photoshop. They can run iTunes well (another reason for you to check how many USB ports it has).
Read some customer reviews on some of the models you're looking at. Prices on these netbooks will run from $250 up to $400 for the reasonably priced ones. Sony just introduced a netbook on the market, but IMHO it's very overpriced (at nearly double the cost of all others).
And make sure you have AV software and a firewall running on it since you'll be using it over a wireless network.
Hope my info helps. I have no regrets that I bought mine. I save my desktop for high-end programs, but do most of my work, truthfully, on this netbook. It's been a great buy for me.