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Hmm, can it really handle Home Premium even after RAM upgrade? Would be quite a big lost if I skip out on it for Ubuntu instead. Also, how many ram slots are there?

Hmm ? I'm not sure I understood what you said. It comes with Home Premium, so of course it can handle it (it's got a Dual Core CPU and hardware accleleratiojn with the HD6250 GPU). It will run well with 2GB of RAM for most (if not all) tasks you will be doing, and even better with 4GB. With Ubuntu you might have trouble with drivers, like I mentioned in the first post. It's a matter of checking if the driver support has gotten better since. Anyway, for stuff like Flash video, the Windows version is more optimized.

There is only one RAM slot (there isn't space for more), so you would have to replace the 2GB SO-DIMM with a 4GB SO-DIMM.
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Guess I should have rephrase that. What I meant was, with 4GB RAM in there, how many apps can it handle simultaneously before the whole system starts to stutter.
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Good choice. Glad to help.
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Guess I should have rephrase that. What I meant was, with 4GB RAM in there, how many apps can it handle simultaneously before the whole system starts to stutter.
That will depend on what applications you are talking about. If they are heavier, not many, but it will probably be quite useful when you are using a single application that can take advantage of more memory. Photo editing, for example.

But in general, the less the system has to fetch information from the Hard Disk, the better. The HDD will be idling for longer, which will improve battery life, and the system will be overall faster because the RAM will provide the needed information much faster, especially when we are talking about a modern OS like Windows 7 that will use part of the RAM to cache frequently used data.
 
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Sadly, the nearby Target doesn't have it in stock, so I'll order it for 291.49 from Amazon.

Will this memory fits? Thanks again.

Edit: We posted at almost the same time so I didn't see your explanation.

Will the 5400RPM drive have a major impact on the performance compare to a SSD upgrade? I just spent almost three hundred bucks on one for my desktop, and want to wait until the price per GB drops down a lot more before buying another one.
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post #16 of 23
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Sadly, the nearby Target doesn't have it in stock, so I'll order it for 291.49 from Amazon.

Will this memory fits? Thanks again.

Edit: We posted at almost the same time so I didn't see your explanation.

Will the 5400RPM drive have a major impact on the performance compare to a SSD upgrade? I just spent almost three hundred bucks on one for my desktop, and want to wait until the price per GB drops down a lot more before buying another one.

As to the memory, it should definitely work. At least the first reviewer of the Netbook on Amazon said he used the exact same brand G.Skill 1333 Mhz memory and it worked.

As a side note, I have read that Toshiba's NB550D (not on sale in the US) doesn't work - probably a BIOS problem - the reason it doesn't work on the Toshiba is probably because the Bios is not properly setting the memory to run at 1066 Mhz, which is the speed the AMD C-50 memory controller works with, Acer's BIOS does not appear to have that problem (at least with G.Skill memory), because, after all, 1333 Mhz memory is supposed to work at 1066 Mhz too, it's part of the specification to be backwards compatible with lower speeds. I can speak for the Atom Netbook I have, where I upgraded the 1GB DDR3 1066 with a 2GB DDR3 1333 and it is working fine at 1066. AMD's platform is younger than Intel's, so that is one more reason it should work. In the Toshiba's case it was probably either a Bios problem requiring an update, or one of those picky memory modules that only works in certain platforms.

As to the SSD, yes it will make a big difference, especially coming from a 5400rpm HDD (HP for example uses 7200 rpm HDD's in their HP Mini netbooks). The system will boot much faster and applications will launch much faster too. And you will also extend battery life, not only because the tasks get done faster (enabling the CPU to go into idle mode faster, but also because the SSD typically uses less energy than an HDD. For the typical stuff you'll have on a Netbook, a 60GB or 80GB Sata 2 SSD will do just fine, and you can always use a memory card as complementary storage.

If you want to wait for the price of SSD's to drop, which is certainly understandable, that's one more reason to buy the 4GB RAM upgrade, as it will certainly help like I said before.
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I was going to buy that Acer, but I changed my mind because the keyboard was a piece of junk. Instead, I went for a Lenovo x120e for 70 more dollars.
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My laptop is from Acer, and the keyboard doesn't feel that cheap for me.

@tpi2007: I guess I could bare with the sluggish 5400RPM for a while. Even a cheap 64 GB SSD would cost around a hundred bucks. Thank you for suggestions again.
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post #19 of 23
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My laptop is from Acer, and the keyboard doesn't feel that cheap for me.

@tpi2007: I guess I could bare with the sluggish 5400RPM for a while. Even a cheap 64 GB SSD would cost around a hundred bucks. Thank you for suggestions again.

You're welcome!

As to the keyboard criticism above, I can't really say much, except to recommnend trying it out in the store. It's one of the easiest things that you don't need much time to evaluate.

But if this serves as an example, I also read that the Asus Eee Netbooks currently on sale had a flimsy keyboard, that would supposedly flex in the middle. When I went to the store to buy the netbook I currently have, I also tested one Asus model - the 1001PXD, the cheapest Eee netbook Asus has, in fact. The result: yes, it's not made of rock, it has very little flex, you can notice it if you are looking for it, but I found the considerations I read online very exaggerated. I would have certainly bought one if I wanted that particular model. Either that or I tested a particularly well assembled model.

So, always try it yourself before deciding. It's the easiest and best thing you can do.
 
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I was going to buy that Acer, but I changed my mind because the keyboard was a piece of junk. Instead, I went for a Lenovo x120e for 70 more dollars.
Eh, I got my 722 for $267 compared to the $400 x120e.
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