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I have an Acer Aspire One D150 netbook. I really like the size and weight of it, but is is starting to show it's age.
I have upped it to 2 gigs of ram and a SSD which helped performance a lot, but the Atom processor is just not cutting it anymore.

I mainly using it for surfing the web, but occasionally netflix, watching recorded tv and youtube.

Any recommendations on a decent laptop replacement that is small (I am fine with the 10" screen of the netbook for what I use it for), very lightweight and has a better processor than the Atom? Want to spend around $300 total.

I tried a 15" and 17" and they were just to bulky. An 11" screen (maybe 12") would be perfect. Ultrabooks fit that need, but are too expensive. I guess an i3 (or an AMD equivelant) would work as far as I know.
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have a look on the net for a 2nd hand Lenovo x61. They will last forever and are quite powerful.
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Or you could look for a Chromebook, which, according to your usage, would fit nicely with your usage pattern.

These Cromebooks are equipped with Celeron and Pentium processors. The Intel hd2500 gpu can easily handle hd videos.

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In your budget range <300, you are probably looking at a Celeron CPU or AMD E-series APU at best. I'm not aware of any new i3 laptops being sold for under 300.
You might want to take a look at the ASUS 1015e. It is the closest you can get to a netbook these days and it comes with a Celeron 847 so it should be much faster than any Atom processor. FYI, the Celeron 847 is the same CPU found in the Acer Chromebook.

http://liliputing.com/2013/05/asus-1015e-low-cost-mini-notebook-review.html

There are also other pseudo-netbooks based on the Celeron 847:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Celeron-847-Notebook-Processor.56835.0.html

Also, I feel your pain. I have a ASUS 1015PN with a dual-core N550 Atom and NVIDIA ION graphics. It is still slow even with 2 GB RAM and a 128 GB SSD.

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In your budget range <300, you are probably looking at a Celeron CPU or AMD E-series APU at best. I'm not aware of any new i3 laptops being sold for under 300.
You might want to take a look at the ASUS 1015e. It is the closest you can get to a netbook these days and it comes with a Celeron 847 so it should be much faster than any Atom processor. FYI, the Celeron 847 is the same CPU found in the Acer Chromebook.

http://liliputing.com/2013/05/asus-1015e-low-cost-mini-notebook-review.html

There are also other pseudo-netbooks based on the Celeron 847:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Celeron-847-Notebook-Processor.56835.0.html

Also, I feel your pain. I have a ASUS 1015PN with a dual-core N550 Atom and NVIDIA ION graphics. It is still slow even with 2 GB RAM and a 128 GB SSD.

Good luck.

My $260 i5 3317u U310 begs to differ (well, it's refurbished, but 1 year warranty from Lenovo and is practically new).
Check Dell/Lenovo outlets.
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thanks for the suggestions, several things to look at.

It is put on hold for now though, having some vehicle problems, so I need money for that first.
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