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Hey everyone, I don't know much about netbooks and am interested in buying in the coming months. I'm starting college next year and want a netbook for notes and coding on campus (I'm going to be a CS major). So, here's what I need in it:

1. A good keyboard is a must.
2. Good battery life (though I guess most netbooks have these )
3. 2GB of RAM, though I'm willing to install it myself of course.
4. A SSD, again, I would probably buy a netbook with a traditional HDD and replace it myself.
5. I've heard really good things about the Bobcat CPU/GPU combinations, are those better than comparable atoms?
6. In terms of price, I can spend a good amount of money. Somewhere between 300-500 would be good.
7. For the OS, I will use Linux (probably Arch or Ubuntu).

So, does anyone have an recommendations on brands/models? Thanks much.
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id say this netbook is a good purchase for your needs.
id get one if i didnt have a laptop already

http://liliputing.com/2011/01/toshib...nchmarked.html

a cool thing about it is that you can plug in your mp3 player directly into the speakers with the net book OFF and use its speakers to play your music. pretty sweet id say. I saw it at my local best buy for about $350. also has a rubberised backing that adds texture when you hold it.
http://liliputing.com/2011/01/toshib...-speakers.html
Edited by subliminally incorrect - 2/20/11 at 11:04am
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Quote:
I'm starting college next year
Rule #1 about buying technology/computer stuff

BUY IT WHEN YOU NEED IT.

Trust me, In a years time you'll get much better specs for your money. You are buying way too far in advance. Trust me, unless you really want it now or have another reason for it, you should wait.
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HP dm1z netbook with AMD Zacate.
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If you plane to install linux be sure to research the wireless card. Some have less than stellar linux driver support.

I have one of the atom powered hp minis with the nvidia ion gfx running arch. It has been great with the exception of the broadcom bcm4312 wireless. I have it working in arch but it's from the AUR and I have to recompile it after every kernel upgrade.I added a cheapish ssd and boot time is excellent.
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I have a Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook that I bought at http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-mini-netbooks. It has a 260GB SATA hard drive and 1024mbs of memory. It also has Integrated Intel 3150 Graphics Media Accelerator video card. In general, I've been surprised on how much on I can do on it. Hope this helps you.
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