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I'm looking for a bit of help choosing a netbook. My price range is minimal, £200-300 max.

I'm looking for a model somewhere between 10-12" preferably, I'm not all too bothered by RAM (I can replace the default and most Atom/Fusion boards limit either 2/4GB anyway) or HDD space as I'll likely chuck in a SSD some point down the line. What I am concerned with is as fast a processor as I can get for the money (AMD/Intel unbiased), and it must have at least 1280x720 resolution (1366 x 768 obviously being the more common).

My preference would be Asus or Lenovo, and most definitely not HP, Dell or Acer. I'll be installing Arch Linux on the machine, it's just really for coding on the go, light media playback and internet browsing, there may be a little Photoshop work via Wine, so if possible an integrated graphics chip but it's not a necessity.

I'm struggling to find something decent with good reviews in the price range. Has an anyone got any suggestions, or have purchased something recently fitting the bill?

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AMD E-series dual-core is the best all-around netbook CPU/APU. A 1.8ghz Atom dual-core is a little faster in some benches, by around 10-20% (I forget). But of course, the E-series graphics blow away any Broadcom HD chip, and of course Intel graphics; Ion2 is the only netbook graphics that match its performance.

I would go with the Ideapad S205. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-IdeaPad-S205-11-6-Netbook/dp/B005TPRWNY/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1330369761&sr=1-1

Another option, look around for the Ideapad S110. I'm not sure if it released yet, but it'll have an Atom dual-core and 10" 1366x768 screen. http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/29/lenovo-ideapad-s110-may-be-blazing-the-cedar-trail-ditching-net/

For Asus, perhaps the 1215B.
 
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I'd be quite happy with an E-series APU based machine as I'm looking to put one into a HTPC in the near future.

I do like the look of the S205, solid specs for the price and Lenovo do have quite a strong reputation. I'd only complain about the purple lid (sucker for asthetics). The S110 also sounds extremely promising although I'm guessing from the specs it may end up slightly out of budget.

The 1215B does also seem a bit out of budget, I was looking at the 1215N earlier (around £75 cheaper at £350) but unfortunately Arch can't yet utilise the ION chip and about the only thing to do is disable it to save power (or manually invoke it using a tedious script for each application).

Hmm, S205 seems near perfect with impressive bang for buck. Unless anyone can come up with alternative suggestions I think I'm sold.

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I'd also say Thinkpad X120e but I think that's out of budget. There aren't any other notable 10-12" netbooks with 1366x768 screen that I know of. Acer doesn't have any with the E-series APU, HP has that dm1z (not impressed with it personally), Sony has no affordable netbooks, Dell has nothing decent, Toshiba doesn't have any decent 11" netbooks, and you definitely don't want Gateway. Those are all the major brands. So I think it's settled biggrin.gif

Also, the S205 is black - it has some sparkle in the lid, so I'm guessing it has the purple hue to it in bright lighting. If you check around google for non-stock images and videos you'll see.
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I'd actually taken a look at the Thinkpad X120e, and as much as I love the old school IBM chassis, for the specs the S205 is far better value. The only other 1366x768 models I found were Samsung, I'll happily use their monitors/TVs but there laptop's really aren't for me. Acer, HP and Dell are extremely poor brands imho. I'm impartial to Toshiba, I used to like them a lot back in the day.

But with what's available at the moment I think it's going to have to be the S205, or at a push, the 1215N.

Thanks for all your help.
    
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