I already have a very good desktop computer but I am interested of buying a netbook.
Use: I travel a little bit so I need it for general purpose (web surfing, movies including HD, edit documents, listen to music, backup pictures when travelling)
Here are my needs:
-RAM: Minimum 2gb RAM (is it worth going to 4GB?)
-Screen: 10 to 12 inches (besides the size, any difference between both sizes?)
-Graphics: Can play HD movies without problems
-WIFI and RJ45 port
-SD/SDHC Card reader
-Windows 7 (probably Home version as I think I will be limited with Starter)
-Price: as cheap as possible
or I thought about buying a netbook in the 280-300$ range like one in the Intel Atom N2600, 2800 serie and upgrade to 2 GB of RAM but I am not sure about the performance. Would it suit my needs and any suggestions?
I just bought the costco dm1 4123 for 399 @ the costco store. Not sure why it 20dollars less from what the online price says. It was new - not a demo model.
Expect 4 to 6 hours on the battery depending on what you are doing. I get 4 hours running music software - Reason 6 (just a scratch pad for ideas and getting 5-10 tracks depending on patches). And around six hours with Ethernet internet usage. I haven't tried a full battery charge with the wifi. A bit of everything: Reason, wifi internet, mp3 and mov. files gave me roughly 5 to 5.25 hours before shutting down at 10 (or was it 11%) battery life left.
I was able to watch two movies on the battery when I connected an external samsung dvd drive and using internal soundcard.
Speaking of sound, this little unit sounds great. It is better most laptops
i have experienced - the 15" macbook pro sounded the best). The sound actually comes out from underneath the touchpad - the very front of the laptop.