Netbooks - help me choose!

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  1. iMpathetic macrumors 68030

    iMpathetic

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    While I, the Web-browsing emailing teenager, am one of the types of users ASUS, MSi, and others are trying to attract with netbooks, I really do despise their white-plastic-toy look. There are a couple I like, but either cost or SSDs put them out of the running.

    I like:
    - Lenovo S10, but it looks a wee bit stupid.
    - MSI Wind, but it's kind of expensive.
    - Eee PC, that new 10" sleek $499 one that I can't remember the name of
    - Aspire One, but I'm not sure how that's gonna look, what with the hinge.
    - Older Thinkpad X-series. Not a whole lot bigger, and way more powerful.

    Anyone interested in weighing in on their favorite? Thanks!

    (EDIT: Dinner. Can't type any more, hope this makes sense :D)
     
  2. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

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    SAMSUNG NC10 - offers 8 hours of battery life.

    OVER DONE.

    CMON STEVE, gives us a Netbook MAC
     
  3. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    The HP Mini looks like a nice little machine. personally, I like the MSI Wind, but it's your choice in the end.

    Also, if you're looking for super cheap... Alpha 400 :p (Don't get this)
     
  4. walangij macrumors 6502

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    My brother just got himself a Lenovo s10 (black) and his girlfriend a pink one. They are built suprisingly well and do look better in person than on the web. The keyboard is decent but the battery life is subpar in the category (he gets around 2.5hrs a charge with normal applications). I'm looking to get one myself, and am torn between the Samsung and the lenovo. The Samsung's battery is amazing, and the 6-cell battery you can get for the lenovo looks ugly.
     
  5. iMpathetic thread starter macrumors 68030

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    They come in black? I had no idea.

    I'm gonna look into the Samsung. Whatever I get will follow me to school most all the time, so a good keyboard, battery, and sturdy construction is key. :D
     
  6. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    Another vote for HP Mini 1000…the design is reminiscent of the 'old' MBPs!
     
  7. descartes macrumors 6502

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    The samsung looks like the best one out right now based on the battery life and keyboard. Unfortunately, in the US I have only seen white and blue not black.

    I hear the lenovo runs hot.
     
  8. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Had the same dilemma a bit back. I liked the Samsung NC10, but it's $100 too much, and it's availability in the United States is iffy at best (come on, no black?!). I was split between the Acer Aspire One and Lenovo S10. Almost went for the Aspire One, but the Microsoft Live Cashback at eBay tipped me over and I got the Lenovo S10 - the black one :)

    I can't report on that yet, as I'm getting that for Christmas. :p
     
  9. iMpathetic thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Same here, hopefully, assuming I can prove to my mother that the old iBook simply won't do. :)
     
  10. atad6 macrumors regular

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    I ended up going with the Asus 1000h. It isn't the best looking netbook but is solid and durable. I bought it to because of its complete compatibility running osx. I upgraded the battery and now get around 6 hours with wifi which isn't too bad.
     
  11. robanga macrumors 68000

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    I really like the HP MiniNotes, I played around with the 1000, this weekend at Costco. Very nice. They will also have a 3G integrated data modem version.
     
  12. descartes macrumors 6502

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    I cant get over the mouse buttons on the side of the trackpad.
     
  13. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    I got my wife an eeePC not too long ago. It's been great.

    As an aside, the MSI Wind has a very *ahem* wide range of operating systems that will work on the stock hardware. So if you're looking to run an awesome UNIX based OS on a sub-notebook, this might be a good place to start. ;)
     
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  16. JW8725 macrumors 6502a

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    I would go for the Dell Mini 9 but seriously hold your horses 3 weeks or so. See what Apple brings out. They cannot just avoid the netbook market, its huge. I hope they bring out a netbook. Ok lets dream.....

    Smaller sized Macbook Air with the 1 touch button pad as in the new Macbooks in same chassis for $499.
     
  17. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    I have a HP Mini that I bought for $399 at Best Buy ( :( ) this past weekend and I love it. The keyboard's really nice, better than any other one I've used. But you can tap the trackpad instead of using the buttons (not for right click, though).

    I recommend it 100%.

    Edit: I got the one with a 16GB SSD, not the HD.
     

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