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QW.
13-03-2011, 09:14 PM
I am looking a getting a netbook. My budget is $500.

Any ideas as to what I can get for that budget.

pcuser42
13-03-2011, 09:19 PM
From Ascent, nothing. :p All laptops and netbooks in stock are over $500 (cheapest is $576.98 - an Acer :yuck: - and it's pink :yuck: :yuck:).

Tasha
13-03-2011, 09:21 PM
haha Leave pink alone! I have a pink netbook. The ASUS Eee PC 1000HA Sakura 10". Going to be hard to sell on...

QW.
13-03-2011, 09:21 PM
What about an Asus Eee PC 1001PXD?

somebody
13-03-2011, 09:22 PM
You could get one of these:

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/en/product/XC7795

I have an earlier model of this netbook (AOD250), and would highly recommend it.

QW.
13-03-2011, 09:37 PM
I was told to stay away from Acer.

icow
13-03-2011, 09:50 PM
This might make up your mind as what you should be reliability wise: http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=182376&page=1&zoomIdx=2

Also consider that windows 7 Starter (which is on almost every netbook if not it's usually xp) is extremely limited in functionality. To buy an upgrade or new windows license is $160ish + puts you in the price range of a $700 fully functioning laptop.

pcuser42
13-03-2011, 10:17 PM
Also consider that windows 7 Starter (which is on almost every netbook if not it's usually xp) is extremely limited in functionality.

There are ways around that :devil

My netbook came with Windows 7 Home Premium anyway, which was good: I wanted Media Centre and Aero :p

Strommer
14-03-2011, 11:56 AM
First In (http://firstin.co.nz/) usually has netbooks under $500, including ASUS. Usually there is a netbook featured once a week or so.

gary67
14-03-2011, 12:19 PM
This might make up your mind as what you should be reliability wise: http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=182376&page=1&zoomIdx=2

Also consider that windows 7 Starter (which is on almost every netbook if not it's usually xp) is extremely limited in functionality. To buy an upgrade or new windows license is $160ish + puts you in the price range of a $700 fully functioning laptop.

What limitations? I have come across none so far

Pato
14-03-2011, 02:03 PM
What limitations? I have come across none so farI would also like to know the limitations. I have only had my netbook a couple of weeks but have found the Starter does all I need.

QW.
14-03-2011, 02:17 PM
Are the Asus netbooks any good?

Pato
14-03-2011, 03:04 PM
Are the Asus netbooks any good?
I am pleased with my Asus. The Asus and Toshiba seem to get good
recommendations from forum members.

pcuser42
14-03-2011, 04:47 PM
Are the Asus netbooks any good?

They're fantastic - my 2007-era Eee 701 is still going strong :D

My 1215N has already had a fall, but all it took to fix was snapping a few pieces back into place and it looked as if nothing had happened. :D

somebody
14-03-2011, 06:38 PM
I was told to stay away from Acer.

Some people on this forum have had very bad experiences with Acer products (plus they don't rank particularly well on the reliability scales). In saying that, I haven't had any problems with mine whatsoever, and it is quite heavily used - I'm quite impressed with the build quality, and hence have no problems recommending them to others.

QW.
14-03-2011, 07:55 PM
They're fantastic - my 2007-era Eee 701 is still going strong :D

My 1215N has already had a fall, but all it took to fix was snapping a few pieces back into place and it looked as if nothing had happened. :D

Is that one of the very first Eee PC's that came out?

pcuser42
14-03-2011, 08:01 PM
Is that one of the very first Eee PC's that came out?

The 701 was the first Eee that came out :)

QW.
14-03-2011, 08:20 PM
Did that have Linux on it when you first got it?

pcuser42
14-03-2011, 08:34 PM
Did that have Linux on it when you first got it?

Yep :p

Had a spare copy of XP Home though, so used that instead :D

QW.
15-03-2011, 08:45 PM
Is there any good websites for reviews of netbooks?

somebody
15-03-2011, 08:56 PM
www.laptopmag.com is pretty good.

Otherwise www.liliputing.com

QW.
15-03-2011, 09:33 PM
Thanks for the links somebody. Will check these out.

QW.
16-03-2011, 07:12 PM
What minimum specs should I look for in a netbook?

QW.
03-04-2011, 06:24 PM
I ended up getting an Asus Eee PC 1015PN netbook.

http://commercial.asus.com/product/detail/95

The Asus won out of all of the other netbooks that I looked at.

cowboy stu
03-04-2011, 06:41 PM
I got 1 too.. has been great

QW.
03-04-2011, 06:46 PM
I had looked at quite a few netbooks before going for the 1015PN. Had even looked at the Acers but was put off by the bad reviews.

mikebartnz
03-04-2011, 07:45 PM
What limitations? I have come across none so far
Can't change the wallpaper without a bit of fun for one. I really can't understand MS doing that as it isn't a great innovation being able to change the wallpaper.

gary67
03-04-2011, 07:49 PM
Can't change the wallpaper without a bit of fun for one. I really can't understand MS doing that as it isn't a great innovation being able to change the wallpaper.

Fun?

Download program right click choose picture, yes its annoying but that's not a limitation and there certainly are no limitations with 7 Starter. However there is with Office starter namely the big ad bar down the right 1/3 of the screen. OO fixed that

icow
03-04-2011, 07:51 PM
at one point you could only run 3 programs at once on starter (i believe that is now been removed) nuff said.

pcuser42
03-04-2011, 08:07 PM
I didn't have the problem of 7 Starter as my netbook came with Home Premium :D

wainuitech
03-04-2011, 08:14 PM
However there is with Office starter namely the big ad bar down the right 1/3 of the screen. Thats because its Free. You wont get that with the paid versions.

mikebartnz
03-04-2011, 09:48 PM
Fun?

Download program right click choose picture, yes its annoying but that's not a limitation and there certainly are no limitations with 7 Starter. However there is with Office starter namely the big ad bar down the right 1/3 of the screen. OO fixed that
Before that program came out you had to find the right file and replace it and I do consider it a limitation on MS's part.

johnd
03-04-2011, 10:05 PM
I find Ubuntu Netbook great - thought has been put into using limited screen "real estate"!

tut
04-04-2011, 04:39 AM
There are ways around that :devil

My netbook came with Windows 7 Home Premium anyway, which was good: I wanted Media Centre and Aero :p

How?