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Cheers all, I'm in need of a netbook for some basic use that but nothing super serious. I'm a writer by trade, doing freelance work here and there, though have been working on a pair of novels for quite some time. I'm currently at a standstill due to the fact that my bedroom walls and kitchen counters provide me with zero inspiration, and often leave me too bored to actually write.

I obviously need to get the hell out of this house in order to get words to the screen, which means I need something I can work on in a mobile environment. I have a gaming rig, so have no need of a powerful laptop. A basic netbook would suffice nicely, though I'd like to get a "good" one as budget-friendly as possible. I don't care what's on it, as long as I can rip it out and put in a Win 7 or Linux base. I'll be using LibreOffice as well, so an office suite is unnecessary.

What is your maximum budget?
$300

What country are you in?
USA

What will be the uses of this netbook?
Writing, basic web browsing

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Reputable brands, please (Like ASUS)

What screen size do you require?
Any

What screen resolution do you require?
Any

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
Preferably new, might be willing to take a refurbished on a deal

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
A solid 8 hours would be nice.

What games would you like to play with your netbook? And on what settings?
None

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Any - as long as I can happily put a copy of Win 7 or Linux in there

Is there a certain style of netbook you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Neutral - black is best.

How much hard drive space do you need?
Whatever the netbook standard is

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
No

Is there anything else we need to know?
Read above
Edited by Furai - 5/17/11 at 12:17am
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the best bang for your $$$ is the AMD Fusion Series...

for $300, that may put you with a AMD Fusion C30 or C50...(cpu with built-in gpu)
ASUS Eee PC 1015B-MU17-BK - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230011
Acer Aspire - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215067

as for Intel Atom, look for anything that has the N570 which a dual-core atom cpu with hyperthreading...the 3150 graphic is weaker compared to AMD though.

The Dual Core Atom D525 is also an option but runs to $400+
AMD Fusion E350 runs $400+ average also...
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Interesting. Are you implying by "bang for your buck" that some of these little things can be used for minor gaming?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Furai View Post
Interesting. Are you implying by "bang for your buck" that some of these little things can be used for minor gaming?
Yes, in fact a lot of games have support for net book environments. Torchlight being one of those games.

Linux can just about go on any of the netbooks. I would personally stick to a Eee though as most linux distributions are supporting those more than others from the research I have done.
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Interesting. Are you implying by "bang for your buck" that some of these little things can be used for minor gaming?
if you get an Ion2 or AMD E350, it can do some very light gaming and do 1080p videos too...
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1201n is great, battery life isn't 8 hours though, solid 3-4 on high performance max brightness, got an ion and dual core, its black, and faaaaaaaaaaaaaast compared to the rest of the netbooks my family owns!
    
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In my personal opinion, I'd choose this in a heartbeat.
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Note: The gaming question was out of a mild curiosity. I don't actually NEED anything powerful, my curiosity was just piqued. The primary interest right now is writing.

8 hours of battery life is what I'm looking for in terms of standard word processing use. I don't expect it to get that much if I'm watching movies or doing serious browsing. However, I would like it to have a decent life with a word processor and maybe one or two tabs in chrome/firefox open.
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I just bought a Eee PC 1015P for $300 (NOTE I'M IN AUSTRALIA) and I must say it's amazing at everything it does. Perfect for web and note taking. Also averages about 8-10hr battery.
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