macrumors member
Original poster
Jan 15, 2011
I am in need of a Windows PC to program things like Ham radio gear and other communications stuff.

Ive noticed the bottom has dropped out of Netbooks. I have seen HP Mini's on CL for under $100

Does anyone have any experience with Netbooks? What are some good ones to check out?

Needs USB port and run desktop software, preferably XP... about it..

Ive heard the Acer is a decent one.


macrumors 6502
Jan 4, 2008
Stuttgart, Germany
Dell's Inspiron Mini line are worth a look - the mini 9, 10 and 11 (the number is the screen-size in inches) and decent.

My wife has a Samsung Netbook, an N130, which has Windows 7 and a 200GB hard disk (in a Netbook!)

Either of the above would do what you want - be aware though that most Netbooks (especially those using Intel's Atom Processor and chipset) are limited to 2GB of RAM maximum - which may be relevant if you want to do programming.
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