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Hi everyone,

Looking for a cheap travel laptop that does the job. It can be a netbook or 2 in 1 tablet (please note that I've posted a similar thread in the tablets section)

My basic requirements are:

- Windows 10
- Chargeable through USB (using an Anker 40W USB charger for instance)
- Able to connect peripherals (mouse, ehdd, camera)
- Under $500
- Small screen 10 to 13 inch.
- light.

Any recommendations please send them my way.

It is hard to check online as most reviewers don't mention whether an item can be charged or not through USB for instance.

Kind Regards,

Max!
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/microsoft-surface-3-10-8-intel-atom-128gb-silver/4217901.p?id=1219708495682&skuId=4217901


Or you can get something on the cheaper side for now.


http://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-Cambio-11.6-2-in-1-Tablet-32GB-Intel-Quad-Core-Windows-10/45804383

Solid 2 in 1.
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Thanks for your suggestions DzillaXx, should have mentioned under $500 AUD (not USD, my bad).

Unfortunately the RCA Cambio isn't sold in Australia.

I have something like this though - just unsure if it can be charged through USB. https://www.pccasegear.com/products/33888/breezetab-11w-10-6in-32gb-windows-10-tablet
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I used to use netbooks for travel but they just didn't hold up very long. Also, the tiny 10" screen was difficult for me to use. I upgraded to 15" notebooks and have been much happier with them. I have yet to have one fail on me.
     
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Thanks for your suggestions DzillaXx, should have mentioned under $500 AUD (not USD, my bad).

Unfortunately the RCA Cambio isn't sold in Australia.

I have something like this though - just unsure if it can be charged through USB. https://www.pccasegear.com/products/33888/breezetab-11w-10-6in-32gb-windows-10-tablet

Yes it will charge via usb, pretty much all atom based tablets will. Little more than I was expecting, but I guess you do like in Aus.

I have a surface pro 2,works great for what I do.
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Also you gotta have pretty bad eye sight to need a 15" laptop as your main mobile display.

10" is fine, i replaced my old 16" gaming laptp (that was lick a hulling around a brick) with a surface pro. Works great.


I highly recomend trying to get a surface pro 3 i3. Or a cheap atom based solution till you fell like forking the money over for such a device.
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Also you gotta have pretty bad eye sight to need a 15" laptop as your main mobile display.

10" is fine, i replaced my old 16" gaming laptp (that was lick a hulling around a brick) with a surface pro. Works great.


I highly recomend trying to get a surface pro 3 i3. Or a cheap atom based solution till you fell like forking the money over for such a device.

That's a pretty bad assumption. How do you know what people's needs are? Not to mention, not everyone's needs are the same. Bad eyesight is NOT the only reason for needing a screen larger than 10".
     
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Surface Pro 3 is 12" BTW, I just said my Pro 2 is 10". Which is fine for me, as I travel for work all the time. So something small with great battery life is a must.


Most large laptops have pretty bad battery life, and are heavy. Which is something the OP will want to avoid. My Surface allows me to watch 3-4 full length movies on a single charge without a problem, great for long car rides. And I can stream movies and TV shows in the hotel room all day with a single charge as well. Don't use Chrome if watching on battery though, chrome uses more than twice the CPU usage vs Edge when streaming Amazon Prime on my surface. Which makes a huge impact on battery life.


Personally I wouldn't go with anything bigger than a 14" ultrabook, which is what my brother uses. As he also works for the same company doing the same thing I do. And using something small and light is a must. Also keep away from poor res screen like 1366x768 if going with a large screen, fine for a 10" tablet. Not a 16" laptop. Unless you have bad eyes and need everything enlarged.

The Surface Pro 3 is cheap now that the Pro 4 is out, so getting one with the i3 and 128gb of SSD is perfect, as you can get a 128gb sd card to go along with that.


Someone who only travels a hand full of time every year has no idea on what it truly is best for someone that travels on a nearly weekly basis. More portability the better.
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Intel Core i7 2600K @4.8ghz Asrock p67 Extreme4 GTX1080 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB 9-11-11-31 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
3x 640 WD blacks Raid 0 Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 512GB SSD Sandisk 1TB SSD Samsung 470 Series 128GB SSD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
XSPC Raystorm Windows 10 64bit Microboard m340clz 100hz 3440x1440 Corsair K70 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
TX850 HAF922 Logitech G502 Creative Sound Blaster Z  
AudioAudioAudio
Elac B6 & Dayton Audio SUB-800 Yamaha HTR-5790 Audio Technica ATH-A700 headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550 @ 4GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3P GTX470 4GB OCZ Reaper 1150mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Blue 500gb OCZ Vertex 2 60GB LG Bluray Corsair H50 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 Home Premium  Logitech K400 Corsair CX500 nMEDIAPC 6000B 
AudioOtherOtherOther
Yamaha HTR-5063 PS3 80GB BC PS3 with 250GB hard drive. Polk Audio Monitor 60s Bi-AMP Front Polk Audio Monitor 30s Rear 
OtherOther
Polk Audio CS1 Center Polk Audio PSW10 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon Harpertown 3.6ghz Asus P5Q SE/R HD7770 4GB DDR2 800mhz Corsair 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
5TB Toshiba 5TB Toshiba 5TB Toshiba 2TB Hitachi 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
2TB Seagate 2TB Western Digital 1TB Hitachi Windows Home Server 2011 
Power
Corsair CX500 
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