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Netbook Suggestions?


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#1 lizynguyen

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:56 AM

Hello,

I'm looking into buying a netbook for college. I travel from my college and back home (2 hour drive) often. I have a regular laptop but it is so big and inconvenient to constantly carry it home and also to class and back etc.

Usage for Netbook:
Microsoft Word/Powerpoint/ maybe Excel
Playing downloaded lectures for class
Getting onto websites to do homework
Can play some music (would be amazing, but not what the most important thing to use it for)

My Budget is no more than $300 (I know I won't get a fantastic netbook with that price but I just want one so I can use temporarily while I'm away from home).

I hope you guys can help me out. Thanks! :D

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:03 PM

Not a fan of netbook computers. They simply have no power to do even the most simplest of tasks. I have found that over time many people i know in my lasses who purchased one have been upset with it. Another thing to keep in mind would be that you gave yourself a budget of 300 but your going to have to purchase MS Office for 149 3 user home and student of 129 one user home and student and you might get 20 off when you buy it at bestbuy or staples but still that leaves your computer budget under 200. IMHO you get what you pay for.

Maybe look into an ultra book, still small and portable but a lot more power to be able to use as a regular computer.

Also most netbooks are running win 7 starter edition. very very watered down.

Again all of this is IMHO but others may have different opinions and maybe i am just biased against them, but i wont ever but a netbook after my first aspire one.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:40 PM

Check with the school and see if they have a discounted Microsoft office available. No Netbook will come with anything better than Office starter edition (Advertiser supported and no powerpoint) Now discontinued as I uinderstand it, or a trial version of office.

If you can live with the small screen and no DVD drive it may be OK for you, It will be light, and it will be slower than a laptop.

Raise your budget and get a better model too.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 04:07 PM

$300 is a tough budget to work with and considering the extra cost for Office, that will always severely limit your option.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:48 PM

IMHO, look into ultrabooks or chromebooks. I don't personally have any experience with chromebooks, but they have generally the same specs as a netbook in the $300 price range. Ultrabooks are a tad pricier, but you don't have to deal with the weight and bulkiness of a standard laptop.

If $300 includes software, I really hope you have a MS discount through your school. If not, better hop on craigslist.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:34 PM

MDTechService if you can show where to get a Ultrabook for a tad pricier than a $300 Netbook please let us in on as $350 for a Ultrabook would be a really good price.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:15 PM

Tad may have been a bit of an understatement. That said, eBay and Newegg can have some decent deals :)
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:58 AM

I'll agree with Understatement.

And having had the displeasure of opening a couple of the ultra slim notebooks. If they ever need hardware repairs down the road that could be expensive. The Ones I opened up The Keyboard and Touchpad for example are not removable to move to a new top cover. The maker says, replace as they are secured permanently. What Else? I already replaced a screen on a three month old one, He said it just started to crack and got worse. Probably to flexible. The screen was not secured except at the bottom with double sided tape, It was more or less just sitting there, No screws holding the screen assemble together, etc. The screen was fairly expensive and very thin.

The other cracked screen they are going to pressure the maker to fix their cracked screen under warranty, Who knows they may succeed?

Darn shame Microsoft has pulled the starter edition of Office, It was OK and free.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:10 PM

I don't particularly care for them myself, but to each his own.

OP - have you considered OpenOffice? It is an open source office solution with essentially all the same functionality of Microsoft Office, except it is free. It can open and save to the same formats, and I have it installed on my work and personal computers.
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 06:28 PM

My dad loves his transformer but to get that with the dock your looking at like 450-500 and open office is always an alternative to ms office. The only suggestion I would make is stay away from hp's the number one laptop we see in here dead because of heat or power issues are hp's. Especially lower end budget ones.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:10 PM

That isn't specific to HP computer, any of your budget laptops will have a tendency to overheat. They aren't designed for gaming or any intensive applications, and even when using them for movies and web browsing you will eventually encounter thermal problems.
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