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Best ~10-inch netbook with matte screen (for under $500)?

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Right now, seems like the ASUS 1015PN (dual-core Atom + ION 2) is my best choice at $400 - I'd upgrade it to 2GB RAM and the 40GB SSD currently in my PC.

Anything else I should consider, though? Is it worth waiting for Sandy Bridge (versus getting said netbook now and trying to sell off my PC parts before Sandy Bridge for desktops arrives)? And I'd like the matte screen so I won't have to worry about lighting as much to see the screen and whatnot.

And I can't remember whether the M11x has a matte screen, but even if, it'd not something I want to consider with the hinge/screen issues it currently has.
Edited by XMAGUSX - 12/29/10 at 5:24am
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220805
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I would say the 1215PN > 1015PN since it comes with Win7 Home + 2gb and stuff. But if you're restricting yourself to a 10" then the 1015PN is the best candidate.

You'll need to upgrade from Win7 starter in order to use optimus. With starter you need to reboot the netbook everytime you want to switch graphics cards.
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I would say the 1215PN > 1015PN since it comes with Win7 Home + 2gb and stuff. But if you're restricting yourself to a 10" then the 1015PN is the best candidate.

You'll need to upgrade from Win7 starter in order to use optimus. With starter you need to reboot the netbook everytime you want to switch graphics cards.
I was going to mention, along with replacing the HDD with the SSD, I'd also be using Home Premium. It doesn't matter that it's 64-bit, right? Atom CPU's (these new ones at least) seem to be 64-bit compatible.
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I was going to mention, along with replacing the HDD with the SSD, I'd also be using Home Premium. It doesn't matter that it's 64-bit, right? Atom CPU's (these new ones at least) seem to be 64-bit compatible.
If I'm not mistaken Win 7 keys work for 32-bit and 64-bit so that part doesn't matter. The N550 is 64-bit so thats fine as well. (Where as my atom N230 isn't so I have to use 32-bit)
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I guess I'll just get that 10-inch ASUS I mentioned, and just keep it until I save up enough for a Vaio Z (which with its configuration, would cost about $3k).
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I guess I'll just get that 10-inch ASUS I mentioned, and just keep it until I save up enough for a Vaio Z (which with its configuration, would cost about $3k).
I'm curious to know what you'll be using the mini-netbook for?

The 1015n looks sweet, and i love the ultra portability, but it's resolution is still only 1024x600...

Have you considered merging your needs towards an Android/iPhone/Windows7 smartphone instead?

I too say upgrade to the 1215n if u need a netbook now, but the "HP DM1's" are just around the corner...
http://gizmodo.com/5723942/hp-pavili...n-actually-use
    
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There is also the new Lenovo X120e coming out, with 11.6" screen and a $500 price tag.

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There is also the new Lenovo X120e coming out, with 11.6" screen and a $500 price tag.

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Unless I read wrong, it said it was a $400 base price...and personally, I'd take Lenovo over HP on name alone anyway. But I'll wait for more details and/or a review first, for either, simply because the AMD graphics have me a bit wary (had ATi once, could never get used to the drivers/control panel/etc). And to think I was looking at the $700+ ASUS VX6 12-inch netbook recently (pretty much same specs as the 1215N, but some nice extras like USB3.0 and a better webcam).

EDIT: As for uses, it'd be my only computer until I could afford a nice barebones 18.4" Clevo laptop I'm eyeing. I have more than enough indie/low-spec games to keep my satisfied in the entertainment aspect, and I don't do anything processor/graphics intensive otherwise (just web browing and schoolwork).
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Unless I read wrong, it said it was a $400 base price...and personally, I'd take Lenovo over HP on name alone anyway. But I'll wait for more details and/or a review first, for either, simply because the AMD graphics have me a bit wary (had ATi once, could never get used to the drivers/control panel/etc). And to think I was looking at the $700+ ASUS VX6 12-inch netbook recently (pretty much same specs as the 1201N, but some nice extras like USB3.0 and a better webcam).
Well it looks like the X100e is pretty decent. Personally I'm not usually a fan of AMD, but the performance is surprisingly good.
    
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