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Pretty simple question. What are the best Netbooks out there right now? Specifically brand(s). If there are some particular models that are standout then let me know that too.

Thanks.
post #2 of 29
That is a very subjective question, and cannot be answered well.

I've dealt with Acer, Gateway, and Asus netbooks. I've seen one each of Acer and Gateway go bad, although I've only dealt with 1 Asus so far, so that's not enough to make a well-informed opinion on.

As far as cool running, battery life, or overall performance; the Asus outpaces everything else. This is mostly comparing with 6 cell batteries, 2 GB of RAM, 160 GB or larger HDD, and LED backlit screen. I like the layout of the Asus a little bit more, too.
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Originally Posted by UnexplodedCow;12294591 
That is a very subjective question, and cannot be answered well.

I've dealt with Acer, Gateway, and Asus netbooks. I've seen one each of Acer and Gateway go bad, although I've only dealt with 1 Asus so far, so that's not enough to make a well-informed opinion on.

As far as cool running, battery life, or overall performance; the Asus outpaces everything else. This is mostly comparing with 6 cell batteries, 2 GB of RAM, 160 GB or larger HDD, and LED backlit screen. I like the layout of the Asus a little bit more, too.

Well, that certainly at least gives me some stats to go off of and some personal experience by somebody. From what I have read and heard ASUS seems to have the best. But, being I have never owned one I figured it would not hurt to ask. Thanks!
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Best spec so far seems to be 2GB of RAM, 1.6GHz Atom and the inbuilt Nvidia ION GPU.

What does it for me is ergonomics. A netbook is designed to be easy to use, efficient and quick so what I look at is key size, trackpad size, screen quality and the other specs people tend to miss.
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I have Acer Ferrari netbook. Good enough for everyday general tasks.
    
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post #6 of 29
You're welcome.

They do seem to be a bit better. For me it comes down to cooling, and the Asus wins big there. The Acer runs hot (idles at 50C). The Gateway is in between..

There is a single, annoying downside to the Asus that I forgot to mention: the power plug. It is tiny (bluetooth headset tiny), and I would worry about it breaking off if pulled on. The Acer and Gateway use standard sized barrel connectors. But, with some care, the Asus will be fine. I've had mine for a few months now, and no issues with the barrel plug (fits very tightly).

I also run mine with a CoolerMaster Notepal...it has dropped the temps about 10C for me ( from about 44C to 34C). It's not necessary with the Asus, but running colder never hurt.
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post #7 of 29
The best netbook are based on AMD Fusion (Brazos). These just came out though so they are hard to find for now. I believe the ION perform a bit better... they cost more and draw more power.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4023/the-brazos-performance-preview-amd-e350-benchmarked
Edited by DuckieHo - 2/7/11 at 6:59am
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post #8 of 29
I'm shopping for one as well.

If you're looking for something Linux-friendly, this one looks really promising:

http://www.system76.com/product_info.php?cPath=28&products_id=105

Note that it features the dual-core n550 atom.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by drelyn86;12295143 
I'm shopping for one as well.

If you're looking for something Linux-friendly, this one looks really promising:

http://www.system76.com/product_info.php?cPath=28&products_id=105

Note that it features the dual-core n550 atom.

The problem is the GPU is just too weak.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo;12295164 
The problem is the GPU is just too weak.

yeah I'm not really sure how the intel integrated GPU stuff ranks among the others... what would you recommend?

EDIT: I'm looking on Newegg at the ASUS netbooks (which were recommended above), and I'm looking at the ones that feature 2GB of RAM and an n550 processor, and they also are using the Intel GMA 3150. So these are identical specs, but they also come with a Windows tax.
Edited by drelyn86 - 2/7/11 at 8:00am
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