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I need a laptop to use at school/college during lectures to take notes. I will be carrying it around campus all day, so it should be pretty light. Preferably under 13.3 inch but under 14 is fine too. Nothing over 14.

I won't be doing any gaming or anything, I will just be typing. For this reason I need at least 6 hours of battery life, but preferably 8+ hours.

I will be buying it online or from any store in the Bay Area, CA (I live in the South bay area).

Budget is $500.

I have found 2 contenders so far:

HP Pavilion dm1 and dm1z series | HP Official Store

Newegg.com - Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 Espresso Black AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 (1.00GHz) 11.6" 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook

What would you guys recommend?
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I would recommend the Acer, as I've yet to see a decently performing HP computer in that pricerange.

However, with that said, I'd say if your budget is $500 then find some ones closer to that. Sticking around the $300 range you're going to a whole new level of low performance
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I would recommend the Acer, as I've yet to see a decently performing HP computer in that pricerange.

However, with that said, I'd say if your budget is $500 then find some ones closer to that. Sticking around the $300 range you're going to a whole new level of low performance
I don't care about the performance. The most CPU engaging activity I will be doing is watching a youtube video, and that isn't even that heavy of a task. As long as it outputs 1080p video its fine. No gaming will be done on here at all, I have a desktop for that.
Edited by ComradeNF - 8/12/11 at 11:06pm
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Toys R us seems to be having a sale instores for netbooks, heres a link to the thread. If you have one close by maybe stop in and see what they got.
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Personally, I would go with Asus. I bought an Asus laptop 3 years ago for $450 (not including tax or warranty) and I couldn't be happier. Asus has decent performance and great battery life. If I were you, I would get last years model. It will be around 25% off and while you don't get the newest hardware, you will get better battery life, a bigger hard drive, nicer features for about the same price.

P.S. I still use this laptop as my primary gaming PC (MW2, COD4, Portal 2). It has a 9300mGS. Obviously not what you would want or need. I am just illustrating the bargain you can get with Asus.
    
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With a $500 budget,you can a good laptop to do the stuff you listed.I picked up a laptop to do that type of stuff for school,plus some code compiling.I came in at about $325 with my purchase of a 15.6" Lenovo with the E-350.Really light and barely any heat output.I sold my i5 laptop which was heavy and overkill for me and got this.
    
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I don't care about the performance. The most CPU engaging activity I will be doing is watching a youtube video, and that isn't even that heavy of a task. As long as it outputs 1080p video its fine. No gaming will be done on here at all, I have a desktop for that.
What I was trying to say is that it's been a headache just running Firefox on the ones I've seen, and although it may have good battery life much is wasted just powering the screen while the computer freezes up and hangs while opening a program or loading a YT video. Might have been because of Vista on machines designed for XP, though.


Just make sure the hardware meets the requirements for the OS, or you're in for a bit of disappointment.
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