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  1.  (2995.61)
    in the uk you can get a little medion 10" netbook that seemingly is near identical to the msi for £279. all this from aldi. who knew?
  2.  (2995.62)
    @Admiral Neck: I reckon not, man. My Samsung NC10 is good for my needs, but can't play HD video without being jerky as fuck, I haven't tried photoshop, but I wouldn't be optimistic.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
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    ^ Well, I dunno. HD full-screen video is a lot more demanding than Photoshop for most standard applications. If you just want to retouch photos and do some basic compositing, especially for the web, it will probably be fine. Especially if you run an older version (pre-6) that is more easily cracked lightweight.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2009
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    If you are using Photoshop - you really don't want a netbook. Really.

    If you are determined to try, the things to look for are lots of hard drive storage space, the fastest processor you can get, and lots and lots of RAM.

    A casual search of the web showed me many netbooks with about 1GB RAM, which is really the absolute bare minimum you want for dealing with Photoshop. You'll want as much RAM as you can get.

    It can probably be made to work, but not well.
  3.  (2995.65)
    One the verge of getting paid, I'm trying to weigh my options between:

    Ideapad S10 / HP 2140 / Samsung NC10 / Eee 1000He

    Wanting something STURDY first and foremost, still mouring the loss of my old Thinkpad X21 (GOD I loved that thing), I'm trying to find something I don't have to be afraid to throw in my backpack.

    I've currently got a Dell Insprion 9300, and it's dying. What a terribly cheap machine this is. The speaker thingee seems to have snapped off the motherboard, so I neither have internal nor external speaker use (unless I use a USB adapter with external speakers)... the track pad is dying, no matter how I try to clean the thing from the outside or in... And as behemoth and heavy a thing as it is, it just feels flimsy as hell.

    Anyway... I've narrowed my choices down to those above. I want something I can upgrade to 2G RAM, at least a 10 inch screen, and with good battery life for the long train rides I'll be taking.

    I'm also partial to aesthetics, and I'm leaning towards the Lenovo or HP for that reason. The shiny quality of most netbooks (especially for the screen) isn't a plus to me, and I like the clunky look of a Max Headroom future, or something that looks like it sprang from Farscape. I'm tempted to wait until the rumored ANDROID OS netbooks are released, but.... I HATE not being properly mobile with this monster of a notebook I've got. I'm losing my patience.

    Also, regarding Photoshop, my Inspiron is maxed out at 2G RAM with a 1.60GHz processor, so I figure I won't be spoiled and feel the netbook is a downgrade.... Especially if I run a version previous to CS2.
    • CommentAuthorE0157H7
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
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    The main thing that the 1000HE has that trounces the S10 is the 8.9 amp-hour battery. It runs the machine for around seven hours. Build quality is probably going to be similar, the Eee line seems to be constructed well.
  4.  (2995.67)
    I still have my battered Dell Inspiron 91000.
    Beastie's tougher than it looks, slow as hell though. Weighs the amount of a small tank. So glad I have my XPS to lug around and NOT THAT.

    Looking at the HPmini for something to just drag with for writing to coffee&whatnot. Maybe later this summer.
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    I've been looking at net stuff PCs myself, since it's the only PC that can fit in my bag. Unfortunately Abelton Live & Reaktor already fucking demolish my ancient Dell laptop, and it was top of the line in its day. I have no doubt that the mousy ultra mobiles would be crushed under my softwares jackboots. Not that it's exactly fair to expect something called a netbook to be suitable for any kind of power user, but it would certainly be nice.
    • CommentAuthorE0157H7
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
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    I miss the design philosophy of the Thinkpads. I've been tossing my XO-1 around without a case since I got it and the 2mm textured plastic doesn't show the slightest hint of rough use. Hint hint, other manufacturers!
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
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    Yes, the XO may have it's drawbacks pre-installed OS wise, but that little machine is fucking tough. I think you could probably toss it down some stairs and it would still work.
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      CommentAuthorAdmiral Neck
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009 edited
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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. I suspected as much but I was hoping for a surprise. We'll probably get an Aspire just for netpootling and use the other laptop for PS and other, more demanding stuff. That said, this XPS I'm using now is lagging and being generally shit, and a recent hard drive crash meant I had to wipe everything, so I'd love a couple of desktops for back-up, but that's out of the question because of moving to the States in the future and... It's complicated. At least now I won't have the disappointment of trying to cram something too big into the tiny Aspire.
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    portable ps4 works fine on the little medion I have. as does ableton.
    • CommentAuthorE0157H7
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
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    @oddbill - I do know that it can be dropped from chest height, about five feet onto a carpeted floor, while running and be fine. The display is shock-mounted.

    @Admiral Neck - Make sure that you get one with the six-cell battery. Some of them have three-cell ones and they go for around 2 1/2 hours.
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    It seems that Radioshack is currently offering the Acer (8 inch screen - boo) for $40, if bought with a wireless plan for $60 a month.

    I know n nothing about purchasing wireless plans, but that would be tempting if not for the smaller screen.
    • CommentAuthorE0157H7
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
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    @ RachelNoel - The data plans are for two years, at least in the US, which can clock in at a total cost of over $1000. Most mobile providers will be moving to smaller, more limited ARM machines running Android (like the Skytone machine) soon as well.
    • CommentAuthorIan_M
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
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    Now that people have had more experience with netbooks, can anyone recommend a good OS? I'm on an Acer Aspire One and I'd like to replace their in-house (And semi-crippled) OS with something a little more flexible.

    I'm not a techie, so I need something fairly straightforward. But I would like to be able to update things like Firefox (Or replace it with another browser) and update the media player. BitTorrent would be good as well. Any advice?
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    @Ian_M:
    There's a lot to be said for Ubuntu (especially the Netbook remix), but personally I found it a bit fiddly to use.
    I eventually bit the bullet and put Mac OS X on my Dell Mini 9 and it works bloody well. I hear that works on Acer too.
    (You can find detailed instructions for both around the tubes - the modding community are both prolific and helpful. I'm far from a hardcore hacker and I managed to get both Ubuntu and X onto a shop-standard Dell, though it's a bit nerve-wracking at times!)
  9.  (2995.78)
    I second ubuntu, and have had decent luck w/eeebuntu, rather than the remix. Also ditto on using the great wealth of knowledge on the various forumns- I'm no codegeek, but I've replaced the factory OS w/several different ones by this point using forumns for their detailed instructions.
    • CommentAuthorIan_M
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
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    Thanks. The reviews of Ubuntu looked good, but I'm always reluctant to trust the Linux forumites. What they mean by 'easy to use' is very different than what I mean...
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    Well, before you tried eeebuntu on an aspire, I'd check some forumns to make sure that works well. It's optimized for the eeepc, but I can't imagine that it wouldn't work just as well on an aspire. (But, again, I'm not a codegeek- check those forumns!)