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I survived without a laptop for quite a while, but know I need one for school. I'm tired of using the library or computer lab computers. I only need the netbook for internet and microsoft office, but want to have the option to do more. I've looked around and came up with these two netbooks:

http://www.buy.com/prod/gateway-lt31...216563772.html

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Please let me know what you think. I will take suggestions on other netbooks, I'm trying to spend max $350.
I was also wondering if Civilization V can run ok on a netbook.
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Personally I would go for the Gateway.
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Out of those two I would go with the Acer honestly. Gaming and netbook do not mix without a decent AMD chipset or without the ION chipset. decent AMD needs something like HD3200m I believe but overall AMD will sadly have much less battery life.

At 350 max you're really out of luck for gaming. That price will fetch you a N550 which is nice for all the basic user really needs; office, web browsing, music, and low res video.

If you can raise the amount to 450 you will have greater options that include the ION and definitely the better AMD setups.

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Intel versions of the 1215, the (1215N). A little more money, but you get about 6 hours of battery real world use, and the auto-switching graphics is sex.

1) MS Office/light browsing/facebook, system automatically switches to Intel integrated graphics to save battery.

2) Playing games like Starcraft2, WoW, CounterStrike Source, 720p/1080p videos, it'll switch to the Nvidia Ion2 graphics which is more powerful than the ATI 4250.

demo/mini review of gaming on the 1215N:
http://www.netbooklive.net/games-on-asus-1215n-4561/

review of the laptop overall:
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/rev...e_1215n_review

Asus 1215n (silver) $484 shipped, no tax, free shipping:


Asus 1215n (black) $482 shipped, no tax, free shipping:


Disk drives add unnecessary bulk and you can buy an external USB dvd drive for $20. Everything can be installed on USB sticks nowadays.

I own the older version, the 1201N in silver, and i love it. The Ion"1" in my 1201N is about equivalent to the 9400M's in last years macbooks.
The new 1215N is suppose to be about 15% faster overall, with almost double the battery life. efficient dual-core atom, auto-switching graphics, wifi-N, LED-backlit 1366x768, HDMI-out, 3lbs, 1-inch thick, sexy.

I understand you have a tight budget. Considering most ppl keep their laptops for 3+ years, the extra $100 or so more will go a long, long way in the years to come. Even if u dont game, decent graphics power is necessary to enjoy any sort of multimedia.
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Thanks for the info. I could go higher than $350 but I'm trying not to spend money on something I won't use that much. I know this is much more than I said I wanted to spend, but what do you guys think of the M11x? All I know is that it looks nice, but performance wise is it worth the money?
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It is a very nice laptop, but if u do a search, ppl are having issues w/ the the hinges cracking.
Edited by cozmo5050 - 12/30/10 at 5:37pm
    
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post #7 of 8
Hinge and I think heating issues are the common ones for the m11x (also the typical keyboard light, screen, and other issues all suffer). Honestly, if you're not going to be using it much then why go to the other end of the cost spectrum? I have a N450 powered netbook and the only things it can't do for me are flash or HD video (dvd works fine) and gaming. It may not be snappy but its on par to me with the P4 (2.4GHz) desktop I started college with.

Finally, if you're looking at it because of looks then you should already know it's not worth the price (well, depends on how much they're charging now). Like a macbook this thing is pretty on the outside but overpriced for the insides. Never go with something based on looks or you'll end up regretting it. You need to get to know it first.

The Asus1215 is nice. I second recommending it.
     
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post #8 of 8
Microsoft Store offers the 3-lb. Gateway LT3119U AMD Athlon 64 X2 1.2GHz 11.6" Widescreen Netbook in Nightsky Black, model no. LU.WEW02.001, for $299.
I think it is good.Worth to get it.
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