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davidmmac
21-01-2011, 03:49 PM
Hey guys,

Looking at getting a 12' laptop (netbook?) for Uni. Other than word processing and web browsing I'd want it to be able to play videos and maybe a bit of football manager 2011 (although I admit that might be stretching it a bit). Budget stretches to around $1000

Any ideas? I've looked at an Asus 1215n (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=13609)and the Dell m101z (the dual core one) (http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspiron-m101z-amd-1121?c=nz&l=en&s=dhs&cs=nzdhs1&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=1&~ck=dellSearch) but the Dell has integrated graphics and the Asus apparantly has a chronic problem with its poorly designed power port.

Any help is greatly appreciated :thanks

Speedy Gonzales
21-01-2011, 03:56 PM
Most laptops/netbooks have integrated video

pctek
21-01-2011, 03:58 PM
the Dell has integrated graphics and the Asus apparantly has a chronic problem with its poorly designed power port.



ASUS has better after sales service than Dell, at least In NZ.
There are other models too other than what you have listed.

Give CL a ring and see what they recommend.

DaveBritton
21-01-2011, 10:07 PM
Wait for the new ASUS EEE Pad Transformer. Going to be kick ass.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mobile/2011/01/05/asus-eee-pads-and-slates-first-look/2

Chilling_Silence
21-01-2011, 10:13 PM
http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NBKHNB1174837&name=HP-Presario-CQ62-278TX-i3-370M-2.4GHz-2G-DDR3-320G

I got one, very impressed with it, especially at that price!

davidmmac
21-01-2011, 10:40 PM
Wait for the new ASUS EEE Pad Transformer. Going to be kick ass.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mobile/2011/01/05/asus-eee-pads-and-slates-first-look/2

Hmmm, looks great, don't think I can wait until April though.


http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NBKHNB1174837&name=HP-Presario-CQ62-278TX-i3-370M-2.4GHz-2G-DDR3-320G

I got one, very impressed with it, especially at that price!

That looks brilliant but I'm a tad concerned a 15' will be a bit big to carry around all day. (upon re-reading that I realise I sound like a bit of a poof) :o

Driftwood
22-01-2011, 07:08 AM
Just bought one of these for my daughter & she seems quite happy with it.
http://www.elive.co.nz/asus-1215t-amd-laptop-sy3028.php

kahawai chaser
22-01-2011, 11:25 AM
I just brought the HP 110-3538 (http://www.bondandbond.co.nz/computers/portable/pc-notebooks/hp-110-3538tu-netbook/prod109961.html) from B/B, which has the dual core Atom 550 processor (benchmark tests (http://www.netbookreviews.net/news/atom-n550-benchmark/)), and plays youtube videos easily. But of course includes too many HP add-ons, links, references, etc.

gary67
22-01-2011, 06:34 PM
I just brought the HP 110-3538 (http://www.bondandbond.co.nz/computers/portable/pc-notebooks/hp-110-3538tu-netbook/prod109961.html) from B/B, which has the dual core Atom 550 processor (benchmark tests (http://www.netbookreviews.net/news/atom-n550-benchmark/)), and plays youtube videos easily. But of course includes too many HP add-ons, links, references, etc.

I have that with the standard Atom processor, I just leave a flash drive in (4Gb) and use readyboost works OK not the fastest machine in the world but good for what I do. I un installed all the HP crap installed service pack 1 then took an image, so that if I have to reinstall I get what I want and not what HP want me to have

kahawai chaser
22-01-2011, 09:00 PM
I have that with the standard Atom processor, I just leave a flash drive in (4Gb) and use readyboost works OK not the fastest machine in the world but good for what I do. I un installed all the HP crap installed service pack 1 then took an image, so that if I have to reinstall I get what I want and not what HP want me to have

I will uninstall HP utilities also. Could not get the readyboost displaying until I removed sufficient files from my flash drive. But now running/logging counters to see if any real speed boost. Thanks for mention of readyboost. Did you notice any speed boost?

gary67
23-01-2011, 07:25 AM
yes it does make a difference for me I am using a 4Gb Sandisk blade,probably a bit over the top but was the only one spare at the time. I have not done any speed testing but it definitely feels faster to use. I am very happy with the size of the machine and the price was good $350 on boxing day from HN, would have preferred the dual core but moneys tight

Chilling_Silence
24-01-2011, 08:02 AM
It's not *too* heavy, but I use a nice backpack that PCW gave me like 5-6 years ago now, so I don't notice the weight at all...