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Well I purchased the Acer Aspire One AO722 Netbook from the target deal thats going on. I'm entering college this fall for computer science. I was wondering if the netbook would be sufficient for taking notes and some programming. I'm bring my desktop with me also, but want the netbook for portability. So would a netbook and desktop be alright for a computer science major? Or would I be better off getting a laptop?

Link to netbook: http://www.target.com/Aspire-Netbook...n&frombrowse=0
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if you plan on doing programming get a laptop

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246160

This is a good deal
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if you plan on doing programming get a laptop

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246160

This is a good deal
Only I'd go with something with a 2310M. Everything about it is a chunk faster and better.

Also, that netbook doesn't really seem like a good deal. If it were me (and this is what I'm doing) I'd get a 13-14 inch laptop, as well as bring my desktop. A laptop isn't a replacement for a good desktop.
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Well the final price for the netbook was $249 and a $50 target giftcard. So you think the netbook wouldn't be worth it? Do you think a 15'' laptop would be a hassle to bring around?
Edited by ThatOnePerson - 7/17/11 at 3:56pm
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I'd also recommend against a netbook. I had to use a HP dm1z (11.6" screen) temporarily and it was a pain for my computer science classes. Scrolling up and down (and sometimes left to right) a lot while writing code is a HUGE pain...especially since you're used to a 23" monitor from your sig rig.

15" probably wouldn't be too bad, if you're not going to be carrying much else in your bag along with it. If you can afford it, I think a 13" ultraportable is the best choice since you have a desktop. Trade off processing power for portability and battery life.

I currently use as ASUS ul30vt and it has been serving me very well for classes. Its super light and thin, and has remarkable battery life. My desktop does everything else...
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Well thanks for the input guys. Debating about whether if I should return it or not.
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post #7 of 12
That netbook is actually the one I am probably going to get soon.

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As long as you limit yourself to class notes and light programming on your netbook, you'll probably be fine, since you have your desktop.

Personally, I dislike lugging my heavy laptop everywhere, especially running it for an hour or so, and then having to take it somewhere else. So, I've been looking into a netbook myself to help cut down on the weight and leave more room in my backpack for books and papers. All I can say is test out the netbook when it arrives and see what you think of the screensize, if you can and are still able to return it if you feel the need.

Oh, and one more thing to consider is that if you want to be using a laptop to take notes in class, oftentimes the desks are rather small, so a full-sized laptop doesn't always fit very well. Just something to think about.
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Netbooks aren't worth it imo. Just get a laptop. Netbooks are still too slow to use for any real work. Most people I know with netbooks regret getting them.
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My netbook runs perfectly fine. For note taking and light programming it works perfectly fine. Really, just don't expect it to be an awesome machine, and once you get used to the keyboard it works perfectly fine. Yes, I've done both note taking and programming. And art design, and watch movies on it, and so on and so on.

Don't let people discourage you just because they can't stand smaller screens.
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