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+1 for the HP dm1z.

I persuaded my coworker to purchase one and he absolutely loves it. He got it for $425 when HP was having a deal on it a few weeks ago. 7+ hours of *real world* battery life, better-than-Atom dual-core CPU performance, good graphics performance, 7200rpm HDD, solid build, light weight, good keyboard, non-gimped OS, and the list goes on. Only con I found with the machine is the screen's poor viewing angles, but that's almost ubiquitous in cheap laptops today.
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Not a fan of netbooks... Usually under powered..

I bought a Toshiba T115-S1100 about a year ago... for $385, from techforless. Yes Intel Graphics, and upgradable to 4 gig... Celeron 1.3Ghz... 8.5 hour run time, which sold me...
    
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...17_A180-156114

I think I found an excellent deal. A tad bigger than I was looking for, but good deal.
$369
Just noticed it's pretty much like the first one you linked Rookie, but with a larger screen. It's also an integrated GPU, but from videos, it doesn't seem to hurt anything.

Acer aspire AS5253-BZ660
2GB, 8 max
15.1" 1366 x 768
1GHz C-50
ATi HD 6250
DVR-RW
VGA/HMDI
~3.5 hrs battery (low but not really a deal breaker)
PS: With Fusion there is no "integrated GPU" because they are APUs.

It's best to refuse that one if they ship it. I'm still scratching my head as to why Acer put the weakest of the Fusion dual core chips in a 15inch and then had the even worse idea to combine it with a crappy battery.

Not sure how it will pan out with Linux though considering AMD/ATI drivers have been a bit shaky in the past from what I hear.

But isn't that HP out of the price range?
     
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PS: With Fusion there is no "integrated GPU" because they are APUs.

It's best to refuse that one if they ship it. I'm still scratching my head as to why Acer put the weakest of the Fusion dual core chips in a 15inch and then had the even worse idea to combine it with a crappy battery.

Not sure how it will pan out with Linux though considering AMD/ATI drivers have been a bit shaky in the past from what I hear.

But isn't that HP out of the price range?
It does seem odd, because it's identical to their 10", with the exception of 15" screen, and an optical drive.

If I can get it for $400, it won't be. ATi 3D drivers are shaky, but I can still use a vesa driver for the time being if fglrx doesn't work. I've seen some people running Fedora 14 on it no problem, which isn't surprising. I'll post a thread in the Linux section whenever I get this all sorted out.

Thanks for clearing up the APU thing. I see what the "Fusion" name is for now. The only downside is shared memory, which isn't that big a deal.
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It does seem odd, because it's identical to their 10", with the exception of 15" screen, and an optical drive.

If I can get it for $400, it won't be. ATi 3D drivers are shaky, but I can still use a vesa driver for the time being if fglrx doesn't work. I've seen some people running Fedora 14 on it no problem, which isn't surprising. I'll post a thread in the Linux section whenever I get this all sorted out.

Thanks for clearing up the APU thing. I see what the "Fusion" name is for now. The only downside is shared memory, which isn't that big a deal.
Well, tell us how it goes. The E-350 sounds pretty good.
     
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Well, status has changed to "Partial backorder," which is good. Don't have to deal with refusing delivery.
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Thanks for the suggestions/help all. Will spread some rep around.
Settled on the HP dm1z, which I got for $0.99 over my budget.
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Thanks for the suggestions/help all. Will spread some rep around.
Settled on the HP dm1z, which I got for $0.99 over my budget.
Hope you like it. I'm anxious to hear how it goes in Linux for you. Oh and make a copy of the warranty file since HP stores that on the HDD apparently. That's just in case you get rid of windows.
     
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Hope you like it. I'm anxious to hear how it goes in Linux for you. Oh and make a copy of the warranty file since HP stores that on the HDD apparently. That's just in case you get rid of windows.
Thanks for reminding me. I saw that story about the guy who had to fight tooth and nail for something covered in the warranty, which was stored with some magical code on the HDD, which of course vanished after installing Linux. Why not email it as well?
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Thanks for reminding me. I saw that story about the guy who had to fight tooth and nail for something covered in the warranty, which was stored with some magical code on the HDD, which of course vanished after installing Linux. Why not email it as well?
Yeah that and the other thing from a few days ago explaining how HP's software was causing their laptops to overheat and have massive CPU usage when WIFI was on. Those things scare me about using windows with an HP.

Either way though the dmz1 did sound pretty good so I think you'll be in the clear.
     
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