07-11-2009 10:39 PM
I am looking for a new netbook. Here are some requirements.
Less than 4 lbs.
Solid State Drive 16gb, more if possible
Great wifi card
Good Screen size for netbook
2gb RAM (I guess 1 would be fine, but two is preferred)
07-11-2009 11:52 PM
Most of the netbooks, but not all, have about the same specs. But if you read some reviews online and in some PC magazines you will see that some than out more than others. I have read many places that most of the Hp netbooks are a lot slower. Some of the highest reviews I have read are on EeePc's, and Lenovo. The Samsung NC10 is also a good choice. I personally have an EeePc 1000HE. I choose it because I have always had good luck with the Eee's with compatibility with windows 7, and I could change the hard drive in it to a Runcore SSD.
Windows 7 feels, looks, and in most cases performs a lot better than XP. I have never had any trouble getting it running smoothly on a netbook, besides the Toshiba that BB has. That netbok ships with a piece of paper in it saying that to turn wireless capability on you are supposed to push FN+F4(or 8 I forget) However you cannot do this unless you run the program HWSETUP installed by lenovo and provided on the recovery CD. This program will not run on Win7 (or vista). It will not run in compatibility mode either. And as Toshiba Tech Support confirmed. You cannot turn on the wireless switch without that program therefore you cannot run Windows 7 and have WiFi, or Bluetooth. Even with dual-boot XP/7.
I personally prefer Asus, but something a Lenovo S10, or Samsung NC10 will be about the same quality and performance wise.
I always put a SSD in my netbooks, Preferably a Runcore Pro. I got a 32GB one from https://www.mydigitaldiscount.com for $130. Every notebook I have had it in has been MUCH faster. I got the Eee 1000HE from Compusa for $399. I loved the 1000HA from BB but you have to take the keyboard out to change the HD, and void the warranty in the process. Some may not think so but I think it is worth the extra price.
07-13-2009 09:04 AM
I have a 1000HE and love it.
It uses a standard HD, not an SSD. The SSDs that come preinstalled in most netbooks are very basic low-performance ones.