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I've been looking at the Acer Aspire One 722 as thats about $300 (refurbished usually, unless there's a sale somewhere).
I want it to be smaller in form-factor, storage space isn't much of an issue, preferably some form of dedicated GPU, etc. The Acer looked nice because it has pretty much everything I want, but I see a lot of people arguing over Atom/AMD, and I just want to make sure I'm getting the best out of my $300 before I drop it in a day or two
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There are only 2 ways to go for $300: Intel Atom dual-core (N550, N570, N2000-series) with Nvidia Ion graphics; or AMD C-50/C-60. Any other graphics on Atom sucks, although Broadcom HD is good enough for playing 1080p video, and that's it. If you could find a used E-350 system for $300 that'd be the best option for graphics performance.

Anyways, the Acer AO722 is a good choice. Sadly this is what happens when you make a great product- it's usually at/above MSRP (unheard of for laptops/netbooks), or sold out. If I knew how much demand there was I wouldnt've sold mine for $220 (paid $250 for one including a $50 Target GC, gotta love getting a deal).
 
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There are only 2 ways to go for $300: Intel Atom dual-core (N550, N570, N2000-series) with Nvidia Ion graphics; or AMD C-50/C-60. Any other graphics on Atom sucks, although Broadcom HD is good enough for playing 1080p video, and that's it. If you could find a used E-350 system for $300 that'd be the best option for graphics performance.
Anyways, the Acer AO722 is a good choice. Sadly this is what happens when you make a great product- it's usually at/above MSRP (unheard of for laptops/netbooks), or sold out. If I knew how much demand there was I wouldnt've sold mine for $220 (paid $250 for one including a $50 Target GC, gotta love getting a deal).

Are there any atom ones with nvidia Ion within my price-range?
And from what I understand, the AO722 sold at Target didn't have dedicated graphics
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Are there any atom ones with nvidia Ion within my price-range?
And from what I understand, the AO722 sold at Target didn't have dedicated graphics

There aren't any AO722's with dedicated graphics. They all have 6250M (C-50 models) or 6290M (C-60 models), only difference being clockspeeds. Offhand I can't say if there are any netbooks with Ion graphics under $300. *If* there are any, they would be netbooks with a 10", 1024x600 screen. Closest I've seen with a 3 second search is this http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/167719/Asus-Eee-PC-1015PX-PU17-RD/?cm_mmc=Mercent-_-Google-_-Computers_and_Servers-_-167719-{copy:IQ_PE}&mr:trackingCode=7966AFF3-FDF2-E011-9F24-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA

Perhaps the most important thing to consider is graphics performance, and not whether or not it has dedicated graphics (Ion/Ion2 is a chipset, not dedicated). Just as an example, AMD APU graphics are about as fast as low-end discrete graphics.
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There aren't any AO722's with dedicated graphics. They all have 6250M (C-50 models) or 6290M (C-60 models), only difference being clockspeeds. Offhand I can't say if there are any netbooks with Ion graphics under $300. *If* there are any, they would be netbooks with a 10", 1024x600 screen. Closest I've seen with a 3 second search is this http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/167719/Asus-Eee-PC-1015PX-PU17-RD/?cm_mmc=Mercent-_-Google-_-Computers_and_Servers-_-167719-{copy:IQ_PE}&mr:trackingCode=7966AFF3-FDF2-E011-9F24-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA
Perhaps the most important thing to consider is graphics performance, and not whether or not it has dedicated graphics (Ion/Ion2 is a chipset, not dedicated). Just as an example, AMD APU graphics are about as fast as low-end discrete graphics.

Eh well thats more or less what I meant by dedicated. An APU is kind of a fuzzy grey line between dedicated and integrated tongue.gif All I know is the performance of an APU's graphics is much better than the GMA chipsets the atoms come with
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