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i have a computer shop here in burbank, the most defective laptops that come in are HP, the ones that i prefer are Dell, Toshiba and Fujitsu.
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i have a computer shop here in burbank, the most defective laptops that come in are HP, the ones that i prefer are Dell, Toshiba and Fujitsu.
Interesting. When you say HP, is that just the HP-branded ones, or does that include Compaq, or mostly Compaq?

Just asking because Compaq is like HP's budget brand.
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When I said the GPU are too weak.... they really are. I highly recommend not getting any Atom netbook that uses an Intel IGP.

You cannot play full screen Hulu or video on them. There is very limited or no hardware acceleration for video and the CPU gets taxed.
yeah, I know what you mean about full-screen flash... especially on Linux, it's even worse.

Other types of full-screen video, like dvd-quality files playing through VLC work without any problems though.
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yeah, I know what you mean about full-screen flash... especially on Linux, it's even worse.

Other types of full-screen video, like dvd-quality files playing through VLC work without any problems though.
Yes, flash-based things such as Hulu, Youtube, (and all the other ones) can't go full screen without a bit of video lag. I'm not one to watch these things. But yes, full screen movie in VLC is fine(have also tried Mediaplayer Classic as well).

It really, really depends on what the OP is using it for. Netbooks are becoming almost taylor made for users. It's a very good thing since they're cheap as far as computers go, hold up decently to travel, and are compact. Newer ones will always be better. Intel is notorious for having weak graphics, but it just depends on what is needed. So far I think the dual core the OP found is pretty good, and should suit them well for everyday browsing/chatting/etc.
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It really, really depends on what the OP is using it for. Netbooks are becoming almost taylor made for users. It's a very good thing since they're cheap as far as computers go, hold up decently to travel, and are compact. Newer ones will always be better. Intel is notorious for having weak graphics, but it just depends on what is needed. So far I think the dual core the OP found is pretty good, and should suit them well for everyday browsing/chatting/etc.
Agreed. Using mine for browsing, chatting, and coding.

I think the worst thing about the netbook market is these awful "netbook-optimized" interfaces that companies come up with to somehow make netbooks more useable. Yes, 1024x600 is limited screenspace, but for the most part, standard desktops do a fine job of utilizing it, as long as you don't have a bunch of toolbars in your browser. The answer should never involve making netbooks look like fisher-price toys.
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post #26 of 29
The Lenovo Thinkpad X100e.

Get it with the dual core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and the 6 cell battery and you've got a great ultraportable. Even has a DX9 graphics card, the Radeon HD3200.

Only downside is cost. The baseline model with a single core and 1GB of RAM is just too slow for the price, and the stock 3 cell battery only provides about 4-5 hours of battery life. But with the upgrades mentioned you have a very nice machine.
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The dual core will work pretty well. The GPU is integrated into the chip as well, if I remember correctly. Not a bad price overall. About the only thing I would change is upgrading the RAM to 2GB. They're definitely getting better with time.
The Asus 1215 I posted has a discreet ion2 nvidia gpu and 512m VRAM.


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Im actually thinking about picking up a 1215n too, amazon has the best price btw.

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Im actually thinking about picking up a 1215n too, amazon has the best price btw. http://www.amazon.com/Seashell-1215N.../dp/B0041G5XFQ
That netbook upgraded to 4GB and a small SSD (60 GB) is pure win.
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