NetBook Computers

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  1. LenC

    LenC Registered Member

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    I've been reading about these new ultra-portable and ultra-cheap computers. They are usually configured with something like a 9 in screen, windows xp and an intel atom chip.

    What is this machine's capability? These machines are touted for websurfing, email etc. Could I install microsoft office on it?

    I can live with a small keyboard and screen when traveling - and would really like their 3lb weight, but don't want to stuck with something that doesn't do anything beyond email
     
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    Hi LenC,

    I just got my Acer Aspire One in the mail from Newegg ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115519 ) These machines are mostly for email/web/word/etc. I have loaded Microsoft office 2007 and had no problems. I have also heard of people loading Photoshop and other programs on these although i have not tried installing my master edition CS3 yet. What i can tell you is they are great for traveling and super light. They boot up very fast if your booting from SSD or Flash and Intel Atom is a great chip. Mine was a little heavier then it said in the specs. Specs had it at 2.19 lbs. , my scale put it at 2.4 not like it’s a big deal since 2.4 lbs is very light :) . Just don't plan on running any newer games or resource intense programs on it.

    I would recommend getting one that comes with a 6 cell battery. If your running Windows XP and a regular hard drive the 3 cell just doesn’t have that good of battery life for traveling and using on the go.

    Hope this helps ;)
     
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    Berttt -

    Thank you for the feedback. At that price, it sounds like an excellent machine when traveling. Good luck with yours!

    Len
     
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    Berttt -

    Reading the newegg ad, it appears it does not include an internal or add-on cd or dvd reader. Is that correct? If yes, I assume I could purchase a separate detachable drive - use it at home and have the option of taking it with me on the road. Is that correct?
     
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    None of the current low cost netbooks have optical drives. Only the expensive ultra portables have them. The easiest thing to do is get a self powered, portable optical drive. They're very small and run off the laptops power which makes them easy to use while on the road.
     
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