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My sis hit me up on what would be a good one for her price range $250 to $350.She needs it on a short notice and I don't know whats out there now.Can some of you guys who have already done your homework on these recommend me a few in that range please ?
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My sis hit me up on what would be a good one for her price range $250 to $350.She needs it on a short notice and I don't know whats out there now.Can some of you guys who have already done your homework on these recommend me a few in that range please ?

To be honest you really are too late for the netbook party (especially if you're in the US). I'm assuming windows is the OS of choice? Then you will want nothing less than a C-50/C-60 or E-350 model.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215172
^If you're lucky you can find one of those or it's 2GB brethren.

Otherwise it's looking pretty bleak outside of maybe finding some left over at retailers like BB and similar. There were supposed to be the new Atom based model released but it's been a month or more since Intel (supposedly) started feeding chips to manufacturers and I've seen nothing but Canada and other countries get them (though HP has a fairly expensive one for the US). At this point you're probably not going to find one that isn't used.
     
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It's kind of crazy, those Acer AO722's were $200-250 for a while, now they're above their $330 MSRP. It's really tough finding any cheaper AMD dual-core netbooks. Whatever you can find in the budget, go for it. It's really best to get something used or off eBay at least for now.

I wouldn't pay more than $250 for an Atom N570 netbook, but hey, $300 is about as cheap as they are. It's not bad, CPU is "fast enough", graphics are good for 720p, battery life is probably 8-10 hours. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230115
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To be honest you really are too late for the netbook party (especially if you're in the US). I'm assuming windows is the OS of choice? Then you will want nothing less than a C-50/C-60 or E-350 model.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215172
^If you're lucky you can find one of those or it's 2GB brethren.
Otherwise it's looking pretty bleak outside of maybe finding some left over at retailers like BB and similar. There were supposed to be the new Atom based model released but it's been a month or more since Intel (supposedly) started feeding chips to manufacturers and I've seen nothing but Canada and other countries get them (though HP has a fairly expensive one for the US). At this point you're probably not going to find one that isn't used.

Whatever you do don't get a C-50 or C-60, I have one in my laptop and it is terrible at handling basic browsing. Try looking for something with a little bit more power to it.
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Whatever you do don't get a C-50 or C-60, I have one in my laptop and it is terrible at handling basic browsing. Try looking for something with a little bit more power to it.

LOL. The C-50 is fine. You just need to teach windows a lesson and take over what's running (if you haven't already). If I can get a N450 Atom to playback bluray movies (not x264/VC-1 but mp4v/mpeg2) then your C-50 which is stronger should handle things fine. What's the RAM situation you have?
     
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I 2nd the opinion on the C-50/C-60 being fast enough. I had an Acer AO722 with the C-50 and had it downclocked to 800mhz when I was on battery, still ran fine for web browsing. The trick is, disable Windows Aero, all those pretty "visual effects", etc. Turn off any Windows Features you don't need. Turn off any Windows services you don't need. It takes all of 5-10 minutes, do it once and you're set. Heck, I'm running my i3 laptop with SSD w/ Windows Classic theme right now and all the visuals turned off.. just because I feel like it (well, and I was benching, I like all the extra speed biggrin.gif ).

One last note on the C-50, you have to enable internet hardware acceleration in CCC - this is mostly for video playback.
 
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LOL. The C-50 is fine. You just need to teach windows a lesson and take over what's running (if you haven't already). If I can get a N450 Atom to playback bluray movies (not x264/VC-1 but mp4v/mpeg2) then your C-50 which is stronger should handle things fine. What's the RAM situation you have?

I did a clean install as soon as I got it with a fresh copy of home premium with SP1 from digital river so I know whats running on it. I have 3GB's and even with firefox open I have over 1GB of free ram according to resource monitor. The 1GHz clock hurts it, wasn't much of an upgrade if any over my 1.73Ghz Pentium M, I was disappointed as I needed a laptop that lasted longer on batteries.
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So the cedar trail atom cpus that are starting to come out are not as good as the C-50 and 60 ?
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So the cedar trail atom cpus that are starting to come out are not as good as the C-50 and 60 ?

Oh, if you can find one, they're good. Same speed as N570 roughly, which is something like 20-25% faster than C-60. But the C-60 has better graphics. $300 is about the upper limit on what I feel dual-core netbooks are worth; excluding AMD E-300, E-350, and E-450 (for those, $400 is reasonable, much better graphics and CPU). On the other end, you could always go with a used single-core netbook for $150-200. Basically, the absolute slowest netbook can be made "fast enough" for basic use (heck, even 720p video) - might take a copy of Windows XP, or Linux, but it's doable especially considering single-core Atoms are roughly as fast as a 3ghz Pentium 4.
 
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Are the E series chips newer than the C series from AMD ?
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