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Do these Cheap Netbooks Work?

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November 26, 2009 8:26:50 AM

Newegg has 2 netbooks for $199: http://tinyurl.com/7ufcoo (at least as of this writing and my wife wants a "laptop" for one thing: internet.

All she does is Yahoo email, Facebook chatting and watch exercise videos. I showed her the pictures and the size and she likes it--small enough to store in the kitchen cupboard between aerobics sessions I guess. :) 

Seems to me from the specs, that these machines should be sufficient for these basic needs.

Is that correct?

Thanks.

PS: The DIY model won't be correct for my needs if it will take 3 hours to assemble, but the other model appears to come already built.

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November 26, 2009 8:46:59 AM

They work just fine.
Assuming she doesn't mind the small screen and small keyboard (which may be difficult for larger hands).
November 26, 2009 9:08:06 AM

Im travelling now with a 10 inch HP netbook.

It works fine for email , facebook etc , but the small screen and low resolution is a problem . Some software like the stuff for my canon camera wont work because it cant recognise the screen res .
No worries I can save pics and thats all I really need .

But if I wasnt travelling and didnt want as light as possible I would spnd more on something a but larger and save the eye strain
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November 26, 2009 9:44:35 AM

Outlander_04 said:
But if I wasnt travelling and didnt want as light as possible I would spnd more on something a but larger and save the eye strain


It's hard on the eyes? It says 1024x600 which with 10" screen appears to be pretty small pixels, right?

anamaniac said:
They work just fine.
Assuming she doesn't mind the small screen and small keyboard (which may be difficult for larger hands).


Well the keyboard they claim is "95% Full size 83-key Keyboard." Is it not really so 'full size' as that?

Any experience with DIY webbooks? Just wondering if it will take me a full day just to build it. :) 

Thanks!
November 26, 2009 12:15:33 PM

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Those are barebones, meaning you have to add parts yourself like memory.


aha. That's the catch. I had not noticed that. Thank you!

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I bought my wife a MSI Wind U100 for $279 a few months back and it comes with everything except a cd-rom.



It also comes in several colors like pink.



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Hmm, interesting. You agree with the reviews that the battery is pretty UNimpressive?



Thanks!
November 28, 2009 5:03:32 AM

Well, I use a PSP instead of a netbook. Limited resolutin, small screen, and typing can be a pain. Costs about the same too. =D

Stop dicking around and just buy a prebuilt 10" already. I doubt you'll regret it (and if you do, well, they're bloody cheap).
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