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So my 13" Macbook finally died on me and it's time to get a new mobile computer.

What I'll be using it for:
- In class notes (Microsoft Office)
- Geology Field Camp (Will be taken into the field)
- Basic internet browsing
- Some browser games (Edgeworld) but none that will be installed or anything like that

Requirements:
- ~$300 limit
- Small size
- Good battery life
- Durable

I have a desktop where I do my actual work but I need something portable.

[Edit]
I'm up for getting a laptop and I'm not opposed to getting something used but the big thing is that it has to be small and have good battery life. Word processing is pretty much the most extensive thing that I will be doing.
Edited by VW_TDI_02 - 3/17/13 at 5:44pm
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You are going to be hard pressed to find a durable decently built netbook much less a laptop. There are netbooks at that price and if you are dead set against going higher in price or a laptop, I would recommend an atom processor based netbook. If you are willing to go with a used laptop, then you should have no problem finding at least a dual core laptop for around 300.00 dollars. I would highly suggest you find a laptop over a netbook. Netbooks are not really designed for anything but email, surfing the web, and such.
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You are going to be hard pressed to find a durable decently built netbook much less a laptop. There are netbooks at that price and if you are dead set against going higher in price or a laptop, I would recommend an atom processor based netbook. If you are willing to go with a used laptop, then you should have no problem finding at least a dual core laptop for around 300.00 dollars. I would highly suggest you find a laptop over a netbook. Netbooks are not really designed for anything but email, surfing the web, and such.

That's what I was worried about. I know the price range is pretty low but at this point that is all I can afford to spend. The big thing is that it just needs to be able to run Microsoft Office. I'm up for buying used but would definitely prefer to buy new since I get a warranty and what not.

Here is one that I was looking at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215874
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Just do a lot of research and consider reconditioned or used laptops. You will come out a lot better this way instead of new. Any laptop new around 300.00 is not really going to be that great in the long run. Just keep looking until you find the best deal. Do not buy in a hurry just because you need it. Stay focused and do your research for the best deal with the best reviews you can find. You will be much happier in the end.
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Just do a lot of research and consider reconditioned or used laptops. You will come out a lot better this way instead of new. Any laptop new around 300.00 is not really going to be that great in the long run. Just keep looking until you find the best deal. Do not buy in a hurry just because you need it. Stay focused and do your research for the best deal with the best reviews you can find. You will be much happier in the end.

I have a good bit of time to shop around but I do need to have it by May 15 so I'll keep looking around.
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