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Looking into netbooks at the moment. Although I won't be buying it for a couple of months, I do lots of research before almost everything.

I'm starting another Open Uni Degree this October (English Literature) and am looking for a netbook for the Uni work. Word processing, PDF / eBook reading and general use. Of course, I'll use my main rig for longer essay writing etc (might be able to justify a mech. keyboard for that too lol).

I want ultra-portability so lightweight and a massive battery life. I often go away for 2-4 days (work and/or pleasure) and need a good 6 hours battery life.

Samsung's netbooks seem to be the leaders re. battery life and get generally favourable reviews.

Anyone have any opinions on the N145 and N150? 30GBP between the two (some reviews say the N145 has 160Gb HDD; not true. They're both 250Gb).

N145

N150

I'd quite like to run Linux on it. I'm not going to enjoy the performance of the machines so using Linux will make it a bit more enjoyable as a geeky past time. I also don't like the sound of Win 7 starter and certainly don't want to pay to upgrade the OS.

Anyone done this? I've read that the previous models (esp. the N220) didn't play nicely with Linux.

Any other netbooks I should be looking at / considering?


Thanks a lot


Mike
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Running linux would make a fantastic experience on a netbook; however, I found this link that may prove helpful towards your decision.

http://twistedpairdevelopment.wordpr...ssibly-others/

Edit:
If the size of a netbook and the speed of linux is important enough, consider a model that is designed for a linux based OS.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-sourc...-series-5/9088
Edited by phain - 7/22/11 at 9:06pm
post #3 of 5
I'm going to be honest here, I find netbooks to be more of a "fad" thats slowly dying. I would honestly look for something other than Atom processors.

Besides that, go for the cheaper one. The speed boost will not be noticeable from one to the other.
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Thanks both of you.

The first link showed that I'm really not up for the effort involved in getting Linux up and running.

The Chromebook is too expensive. I'm really after cheap and cheerful here.

Why do you think Netbooks are a fad (and I appreciate your candour :-))? In a perfect world I'd buy a Galaxy tab or iPad. They're twice as expensive though. I also looked at a Kindle (or similar) but prefer the added functions of a netbook.

I want something that will let me write smallish amounts (emails / notes), read and watch the occasional video, listen to some music. I want something small enough to carry around most of the day.

What is replacing netbooks? Sure, super-small laptops are better at lots of things but battery life is worse and price is much higher. It's the cost of an iPad that stops me walking into an Apple store tomorrow.

What alternatives do you recommend? I'm well aware of the limitations of netbooks, but I've my 'big computer' for all the stuff it can't manage.

I'll certainly follow your advice and go for the cheaper model. Cheap and cheerful's the name of the game here

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I can tell you that netbooks are only dying because of the negative association given to them from Windows and their earlier releases. Pads may replace them but I'm not going to say that this is because they are "better". Typing on a Pad is painful over time and cuts your typing speed down considerably. If you're infrequent with trying to type on them then pads could be viable. But a N550/ION or C-50/E-350 will make a netbook great.

However you can see that with the right distro (and if you know your way around even deeper) then linux can cruise on something like my netbook.

If you want the best of both worlds then it's the ASUS transformer and it's docking station/keyboard.
     
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