Hello forums. I'm looking for a netbook to carry around school and to travel with. I would like to play older games on it, so I was considering the netbooks with the e350 and e450 processors. So far, I can only seem to find the e350. Any suggestions and links to deals would be greatly appreciated.
1. What is your budget? Under $450.
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? Less than 13 in.
3. What screen resolution do you want? Best available.
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Portable.
5. How much battery life do you need? 2+ hours of active use.
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? Yes. I'd like to play old games like dawn of war 1 on it if possible. This isn't the main reason for the netbook though, so I'll just end up playing any games that run on it.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? Typing and surfing.
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? More than 100gb.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? 3+ years.
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? None.
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. I'd prefer to not get an hp. My last laptop was an hp and stopped functioning right after the warranty ended. I took it to a repair shop to see if it could be fixed, but they weren't able to. They also showed me their huge collection of dead hp laptops. I could be convinced otherwise though.
I own s205 E-350 (not E-450) and love it. You have to have realistic idea about a netbook though. The resolution is 1366x768. If you can find a better deal, I would like to know as well. The support from Lenovo is sub-par, but I think lot of the companies don't take these netbooks as high priority.
I meant to say as long as you don't have high expectations like having 1920 x 1080 or IPS panel, you should be fine. It actually plays Left 4 Dead 2 on Med/Low settings and Portal 2 on Med setting (w/ somewhat noticeable mouse lag), so I think you should be able to play Dawn of War 40k (I love that game btw) without too much problem.
Oh, you need to get an external CD/DVD reader if you plan on loading it from a disc.
Thanks zenmaster. I've been looking at the lenovos all day now, and I'm having trouble deciding between the ideapads and the thinkpads. Without holding them and trying them out, it's tough to make a decision.
It seems like everyone raves about the "build quality" of the thinkpads. I'm assuming that is its overall reliability. Are the ideapads considerably less well built? Also, I've read in several places that the asus laptops are also pretty nice. Do you guys think the asus 1215b is better or worse than the lenovos? And do you think the ideapad deal for $419 is worth jumping on right away? It'll expire soon.
Thinkpads are very solid. The s205 ideapads are built very nicely, but not as good as the thinkpads. As you can see, you get what you pay for. If durability ranks high for you, then I'd say go for the thinkpads. I'd use the extra savings to get myself a nice steak dinner.
P.S. Keep in mind that the x120e doesn't have an option for E-450 yet.