Netbooks?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacMike81, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. MacMike81 macrumors member

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    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.
     
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Do you have a Mac? If so you can use boot camp or parallels for this instead of having to buy a new system.
     
  3. MacMike81 thread starter macrumors member

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    I thought of that. But I would need to buy the software plus Windows.
     
  4. brguitarist macrumors member

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    Oracle's VM VirtualBox is pretty decent and it's free if that helps.
     
  5. chriscl macrumors 6502

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    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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