Best Netbook ?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by fab5freddy, May 13, 2009.

  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2007
    Heaven or Hell
    I plan on getting a netbook and installing OS X on it,
    but wanted to ask what the Best Netbook is out there now ?

    I saw the HP mini 1000 for $ 299.
    Which got good reviews.....

    Has anyone experience with Netbooks ?

  2. waremaster macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2006
  3. Germwise macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    Had a dell mini. Didn't like it. not that great on battery, didn't like the trackpad or the look of the lappy.

    Got an asus eee pc 900HA and never looked back.

    I hear very good things about the wind though I haven't tried it.

    Acer is crap though. get something you can upgrade to 2gig of ram.
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Wrong forum bud...

    The OS X forum would be a better place to ask this, perhaps..

    Dell Mini9 seems to lead the pack though
  5. The Reason macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2008
    Bought the girlfriend an MSI Wind....

    Have it dual booting XP and OSX....(the GF is Mac resistant)....

    She loves it....

    Gets about 3 hours of batt life in XP, and about 4.5 in OSX.....

    Very easy OSX install......
  6. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
  7. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2007
    Heaven or Hell
    $299 Vs $ $2000 Netbook Vs. MBA

    That's just insane. I am a Mac Fanatic, but this price difference
    would make me use a Windows Netbook!
  8. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    My friend and I are going to embark on a quest to put OSX on his Lenovo S10. Basically, its a lot like the MSI Wind installation (from what I've read), except there is some more steps in the process AND in the end the ethernet port does not work. But... its a netbook. Ethernet ports? Please.
  9. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    im really confused....mac os x on a netbook?

    i thought mac software could only go on mac computers?
  10. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    Okay, I really don't understand the whole "netbook" thing, but here is how I see it. I got a 1.5GHz 12" Powerbook for $320 and I honestly don't see why anyone would choose a netbook over a 12" PB aside from maybe the weight. I'll just start with the Dell Mini 9 since it seems to be the most popular for OSX installation. What do you get that makes it worth the price? It's hard drive is MUCH smaller than what came stock in the PB(unless you pay a fortune for the 64gb SSD), the processor is cheap Intel Atom that clocks no faster than the G4 did, it doesn't really hold much more RAM, the screen runs at the same resolution, and the battery life doesn't seem that much better. With the Powerbook you get the optical drive, a full set of ports to take advantage of, and a much cheaper option for hard drive upgrades. Not only that, but its got 64Mb of VRAM and runs OSX native without any hacking. Really, aside from the weight difference and the webcam (who honestly uses the webcam that much anyway?) why do so many people jump on these netbooks?
  11. floydosborne19 macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
  12. Germwise macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    1.6 atom uses less energy.

    Also it feels really peppy compared to my older similarly speced computer.

    Get a new warranty, 4.5 hour battery, and a free copy of xp with it.

    Why not?
  13. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I have heard Dell Mini 9 is straight forward for OSX.

    But as far as best netbook...the HP Mini 2140 is nice, Aspire ONE D150, the Asus 1000HE are pretty popular. - These might not be able to run OSX though.
  14. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    To the best of my knowledge, the only "netbook" which has both full support for all hardware *and* working suspend/resume support is the Dell Mini 9 -- everything else is either missing support for a piece of hardware or has spotty power management.
  15. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2007
    Heaven or Hell
    thanks for the replies!

    I am gonna do some travelling and need a super light weight laptop.
    My MacBook Pro 15" weighs a ton when carrying it all day including
    the power supply and case.
  16. Germwise macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    I should also mention that osx is not ideal for the netbook.

    On my 900HA I am triple booting win7, osx and ubuntu.

    I must say that windows 7 beats both OS in terms of usability on the netbook.

    OSX and EEEbuntu run a bit sluggish at times. Its not by any means unusable but there is a lag between swiching from safari, to mail to open office.

    Also, OSX with its dock and omnipresent menus makes screen size a problem. I often have to scroll around and switch windows etc.

    Win7 is VERY fast on the netbook. Very well suited for the small screen especially if you are using google chrome to browse.

    I like a lot of the OSX features but for the netbook, I would download a free RC1 of win7 and try it out. I don't think you'd be disappointed.

    If I had a larger screen and more power, I would use OSX 100% of the time.

    try both

    if you get a dell mini i'm not sure if they offer an HD version, but the SSD is trash. its slow and 16gb? HA
  17. peepboon macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
    Google Mac OSX on netbook, you can easily find the comparison guild
  18. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    This is only true if you've got a horribly slow SSD or you're trying to run them in 512MB... something which Windows Vista/7 won't handle terribly well either. Actually, with about three minutes of tweaking, Ubuntu Netbook Remix will work wonderfully in 512MB.

    I'd recommend either using Ubuntu Netbook Remix or Mac OS X. Mac OS X will be a little harder to setup and a little harder for some basic tasks, but if you don't want to try a new OS it's your only way to go.
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    There is a fairly detailed discussion of this, with links, I think, here, too:
  20. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    For the best bet, like most others have said, the Dell Mini 9.

    However, a lot of people have had the best luck with the MSI Wind. The HP Mini would also be good, and I have seen many people Hackintosh an HP Mini, and it does have some MacBook resemblance, in my opinion.
  21. Buskape macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    NGC 4889
    Dell Mini 9, and with the 10.5.7 update it gets its battery life boosted from 3h45 to 5h05!

    299$ is really cheap, and it has a very good screen!

    Go for it!
  22. peepboon macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
  23. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2007
    Heaven or Hell

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