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I have to agree with some of the others. For $400 unless you get it on a huge sale or get it 2nd hand, you'll be under powered for most newer games.
Saw a friend with a nice vaio he picked up on sale for $350+ tax (i forget where) that had a i3 2100 and an mobile ati card in it... Was pretty sweet.
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Originally Posted by aaronmonto;13859603 
I'd buy an E-350 ultra-portable and then regret it later. I still can't believe how slow netbooks are still; they're selling hardware akin to Pentium III's for notebook prices. The SLOOOWWW $400 Celeron SU2300 1.2GHz netbooks that came out 2 years ago are still faster than any comparable netbook out today (as far as processor speed goes).


A couple years ago I bought an Eee 1018HA with no graphics support worth mentioning, and threw in a 30GB Vertex SSD. For the kinds of things I use portables for, I reach for that Eee before grabbing my roommate's 17" Athlon II laptop w/ 5,400RPM disk (both are kept in our living room).

Once a serious program is open, the Athlon is much faster. However, I do all my serious computing on a desktop, and mostly use the netbook as a web browser and media player. The SSD makes all the difference - small programs are snappy to open.
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I bought a Asus 1015PED during x-mas, it is a POS, stay away. Forget about light gaming, that IGP can't even play 720P.....

Don't be fool by the cosmetics look....
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Originally Posted by aaronmonto;13859603 
I'd buy an E-350 ultra-portable and then regret it later. I still can't believe how slow netbooks are still; they're selling hardware akin to Pentium III's for notebook prices. The SLOOOWWW $400 Celeron SU2300 1.2GHz netbooks that came out 2 years ago are still faster than any comparable netbook out today (as far as processor speed goes).
Uhh...you're kidding right?

The E-350 has really impressed me for light gaming and web browsing. It has amazing battery life, and runs TF2 pretty good. Great for older games like Diablo II as well!
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Originally Posted by 5ILVgeARX;13859728 
I bought a Asus 1015PED during x-mas, it is a POS, stay away. Forget about light gaming, that IGP can't even play 720P.....

Don't be fool by the cosmetics look....


The 1015PED uses an Intel GMA 3150. The benchmarks I linked to above show the GMA 3150 got 7 FPS in Starcraft 2 on an empty map.

The HD6310 that is in the 1215B got 43 FPS on the same map.

It's better, but is it better enough? headscratch.gif

My no-GPU Eee struggles to play flash browser games. I think the 1215B would have no problems, but don't expect to play Modern Warfare on it.
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toshiba sattelite! even with intelHD graphics still plays Leage of Legends at playable framerates!
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I got my m11xr1 for $480 after tax

thats what I did...
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It's called craigslist, pawn-shop, etc

Depending on how lucky you are, you may get a great deal. It also depends on your area.

Thinkpad T61P for $200-300.

You can get a 15" 1920 by 1200 res lcd, Intel C2D T7000 series or higher CPU, 2-4GB of ram (cheap if you only got 2gb) and a 8600gtm.
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Originally Posted by Redmist;13859754 
Uhh...you're kidding right?

The E-350 has really impressed me for light gaming and web browsing. It has amazing battery life, and runs TF2 pretty good. Great for older games like Diablo II as well!

I was specifically talking about just processor speed; the super-crappy SU2300 is some 20% faster than the E-350. Honestly, my skill relies on getting a high framerate anyway, so I don't see the point in trying to game on a netbook. It would look like crap too. All I'd do would be productivity and web-surfing, with which the SU2300 would still usually be the better choice (despite being very crappy and old).
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