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Want to buy a netbook

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November 21, 2010 6:17:19 PM

This is for work, and for holidays. I'm a reasonably advanced computer user (I've been modifying my desktop for years, overclocking components etc). I have a fairly high power desktop which I use for gaming etc - so my laptop doesn't need to do this. I also have an Acer Inspire 5920, but the battery has died and it's too heavy to carry round every day.

Budget - Up to £500 - I'll only buy from

Size / Weight - More concerned about weight than size, maybe 12"? Weight under 2kg

Don't care too much about screen res. Higher than 1024x768

Battery Life - this is a priority - preferably 6+ hours, (2+ hours of video watching)

V. light gaming - I'm willing to play old games like dawn of war on this, rather than the latest games - I'll game properly on my desktop instead.

Use - Work, email, web browsing, music, films

HDD - preferably 300 GB+ (I'm slowly filling 2TB on my main desktop).

Looking to buy from, or

Advice welcomed.

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a b D Laptop
November 21, 2010 7:50:53 PM

So the netbook comes with Windows and on Windows u need to install the firewall/antivirus combo? How much resources will be left for the other stuff on this limited-resource device?

I think netbooks are a waste. Go for a 13.3 laptop. Maybe vaio, on eBay. Must be someone selling one at £300-£400.
November 21, 2010 8:29:09 PM

Ok - I probably mean a small laptop

(if any mod can edit title to be "Want to buy a small laptop")
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a b D Laptop
November 21, 2010 10:00:16 PM

london_prophet said:
Ok - I probably mean a small laptop

(if any mod can edit title to be "Want to buy a small laptop")

No it's cool, people (if any) will follow the thread. Sony is offering VAT-back till Jan (for in-store models only) so you might want to check if there's anything good from them... even though i know from friends that their smallest models cost a fortune.
a b D Laptop
November 22, 2010 9:58:58 PM

Definitely the HP then. It has a dedicated GPU HD (5470), 4GB RAM, 7200rpm HDD and 2GHz processor. For a small laptop, that's pretty good.

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November 23, 2010 5:00:48 AM

Check the keyboard before you buy.
My fingers are so big that I have trouble with smaller keyboards (Which rules out most netbooks for me.)
November 29, 2010 7:23:48 PM

Ok - I've nailed it down to three

Acer Aspire Timeline 3810TZ -
Lowest weight, reasonable power, longest battery life (by far)

HP Pavillion DM3-2110SA -
Reasonable weight, highest power (relatively), poorest battery life

Samsung Q330 -
Reasonable weight, decent power, reasonable battery life
a b D Laptop
November 30, 2010 7:18:50 AM

london_prophet said:
Ok - I've nailed it down to three...

Unless battery life is really important to you, I don't see why you'd pick inferior models to the HP you picked earlier on.
a b D Laptop
September 30, 2011 4:21:59 PM

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