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8ftmetalhaed
17-08-2011, 11:03 PM
Well, after spending many hours on the laptops of hers, one still goes a bit meh and the both are still lacking ram, but my sister has just applied for her 1k course costs, since she wants a netbook to carry around (because her laptop is 17 inches of heavy with a dead battery to boot)

She'll be doing word and maybe internet sort of things, music too I guess but nothing fancy. It just needs to do stuff as quickly as possible, because she's one to easily frustrate.

I'm thinking about 600-800 for a dual core netbook, perhaps with some more ram added or something. She also wants it to have word. IE it's a must have, with one note for referencing.

Having done my references by hand, I'm not sure how that works, if it's a suite or add on or what, so info would be good there.

She might add more ram to the bigger laptop to use as a desktop replacement sort of thing, since I think a 2gb stick would really kick it up the backside (it currently has 1gb, constantly runs at 60% memory resources or so)


Anyway, suggestions for netbooks with decent features that's nifty quick, and where to hunt?

Speedy Gonzales
17-08-2011, 11:17 PM
Some may come with Office, but it maybe a trial. I doubt many will have full versions of Office on it, if they're cheap. Don't get one with Windows 7 starter, if you want more than 2 GB

pcuser42
17-08-2011, 11:17 PM
As for OneNote, it's included as part of Office Home and Student :) It also integrates with the rest of the suite and there's apps for iOS and Windows Phone.

:pf1mobmini:

8ftmetalhaed
18-08-2011, 12:51 AM
windows 7 starter only takes 2gb ram? that sounds pretty pathetic?

also that's good @ 42, I think I can probably get it through uni or lap shop or something for a hundred or two then.

Speedy Gonzales
18-08-2011, 12:56 AM
I think the max is 2 GB. And here's the rest of the limitations (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/windows-7-starter-what-are-the-limitations/422801d5-89de-494d-8cc1-6f4fc21c2ac0). There's stuff in it lol. Lucky you can boot into it.. And there's no 64 bit version

8ftmetalhaed
18-08-2011, 02:07 AM
wow that's pretty naff.
ohwell, i'll look out for premium/pro then.

gary67
18-08-2011, 09:25 AM
make sure not to get office starter either as it has an add bar down the side of the screen taking up 1/3 of the view. However as a uni student she can get office pro for $100 from either here (http://www.lapshop.co.nz/all/index.asp?PageID=2145837699) or here (http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-nz/default.aspx)

pcuser42
18-08-2011, 09:34 AM
wow that's pretty naff.
ohwell, i'll look out for premium/pro then.

The ASUS Eee 1215N came with Windows 7 Home Premium. Also, if she's a computer science student (lol), she can probably download a copy of Windows 7 Professional free from the university.

nedkelly
18-08-2011, 09:59 AM
My little Acer Aspire one came with 7 Starter and Android.
I dont care about not having a huge amount of ram with it, its meant to be portable and not to run ram sucking programs, it also came with Office 2010 Starter, the advertising is not that bad as Gary said, Or I have just got use to it.
If you want a screenshot of what the advertising looks like post here and I will upload one.

gary67
18-08-2011, 10:06 AM
I ditched office starter because I considered the add bar to be awful and stuck OO on instead but then I ditched all the HP programs reformatted, reinstalled, ditched the restore partition and made my own image as backup runs way better and with no need for extra RAM

Chilling_Silence
18-08-2011, 10:21 AM
+1 for gary67's thoughts :)

Chilling_Silence
18-08-2011, 11:22 AM
Well it's not a netbook, but todays firstin deal is close, it's a 14" and weighs in at 2.2KG, but a laptop is a damn sight heavier than a netbook which is probably only around half that.

Then, you get yourself a Tablet, and you're only 2/3 the weight of a netbook again!

8ftmetalhaed
18-08-2011, 11:42 AM
she doesn't want a tablet, since they're difficult to type on.
She's basically settled on the idea of getting a net book, since she's tried lugging her 17" round a bit, and doesn't like how huge it is.
She wants hand bag sort of size.

I was looking at some of the Asus EEE pc's for around 700, they seem pretty decent.
What sort of specs should I go for ideally? Like, intel dual core over atom, right?

How's the new amd fusion stacking up? My friend has one but I'm not sure how happy he is with it.

Renegade
18-08-2011, 11:53 AM
My little Acer Aspire one came with 7 Starter and Android.
I dont care about not having a huge amount of ram with it, its meant to be portable and not to run ram sucking programs, it also came with Office 2010 Starter, the advertising is not that bad as Gary said, Or I have just got use to it.
If you want a screenshot of what the advertising looks like post here and I will upload one.

Just had someone ask me about more RAM for an ACER One D255E - looks like too much hassle to upgrade, damn near need to dismantle the whole thing to get to the RAM slot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EfzckyZMTk

I think I will decline this job!!

Snorkbox
18-08-2011, 12:10 PM
The ASUS Eee 1215N came with Windows 7 Home Premium. Also, if she's a computer science student (lol), she can probably download a copy of Windows 7 Professional free from the university.

I got Win7 Pro N for free from Waiariki. Does not have WMP though.

Speedy Gonzales
18-08-2011, 12:15 PM
You can install WMP on the N versions tho (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=16546)

Alex B
18-08-2011, 01:56 PM
If she is at uni and wants office then use the office ultimate steal deal.

http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-nz/default.aspx

Snorkbox
18-08-2011, 02:38 PM
You can install WMP on the N versions tho (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=16546)

Except it will not work for me.

Chilling_Silence
18-08-2011, 03:41 PM
Just posting this link here so you get an email-response:
http://pressf1.co.nz/showthread.php?t=119946

Can't go wrong there!!!

Netsukeninja
18-08-2011, 05:48 PM
Grab an Asus EEE 1215B, has the new AMD APU so it can output 1080p video without a prob. DX11 and all that jazz, long battery life, etc

http://www.elive.co.nz/asus-1215b-hdu3-blk032m-laptop-sy3420.php?ref=pricespy

8ftmetalhaed
18-08-2011, 07:34 PM
looks pretty decent, esp with 2 ram slots and home premium.
Might be at the top end of her budget but we'll see.
Given the limitations of win starter I'll certainly try to convince her.

8ftmetalhaed
20-08-2011, 11:21 PM
Spent a few hours shopping around getting confused between the acer aspire 522 (like, $450,
(specs)
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NBKACN0522&name=ACER-AspireOne-522-AMD-C50-Dual-Core-1.0GHz-(with-

and a couple of HP netbooks, and an Asus EEE pc.

The debate was between the asus and the HP, both around $750. Asus had 2 year warranty, 2gb ram and was an Asus. The hp had 1 year and 4gb ram.

Since sis wanted to keep the warranty (which would have been voided by me installing ram?) we went with the hp and got a free sleeve. (lol $70 worth?) and I'm rather impressed with how quick the little bugger goes.
(it's this one I think, we cut the extras and got it for, as mentioned, about 750 or so. HDD was 500gb from memory though. not 320.)
http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers/notebook-computers/notebook-packages/hp-dm1-3010ram-11-6-upgraded-to-4gb-notebook-pack/prod112591.html