Can You Help Me Choose A Netbook?
October 19, 2008 (10 Responses)
CHRISTMAS is coming and I want to get SusiQ a sexy netbook but I’m still trying to figure out which one of the many available to purchase. Can you help?
I’ve been looking at the various options out there and have considered as many angles as I can. There are a number of specific options that I think I’ve decided upon at this stage -Â unless you can convince me otherwise that is.
Based upon this list of desired options I’ve narrowed down the choice of netbook to a few brands. However, given that they all more or less share the same capabilities what I really need is some recommendations from you folks, especially those of you with personal experience. I want to know which netbook you would recommend and why please.
The options I’ve used as a guide to seperate the also-rans from the ones I’m considering are as follows:-
- Screen Size: 10 Inch minimum
- Weight: Around 1kg
- Battery: 6 Cell minimum
- Processor: Intel Atom
- Operating System: Windows XP
- Memory: 1GB minimum
- Disk: SSD or HDD, Minimum 40GB
- Networking: Ethernet and Wireless minimum, Bluetooth optional
- Colour: Available in more than one colour
I’ve narrowed my choices down so far to the following systems:-
Samsung NC 10
I picked this sucker because it meets the above specs but it also has a 93% size keyboard which apparently makes typing a hell of a lot easier and more intuitive than the smaller keyboards. The Samsung NC 10Â also has a 160GB HDD, a 6 cell battery which is supposed to give you approx 8 hours running time and all the networking options I need. It also only weights 1.33kg, even with that big HDD. Apparently it also has some new funky bacteria-free kind of keyboard… whatever the hell that is!
MSI WIND U100
This netbook has a lot of good reviews from what I’ve been able to see and only weighs in at 1.29kg with a 6 cell battery and a choice of a few colours too. It’s been out for a while and the 10 inch screen gets a lot of kudos from reviewers. It’s got a 120gb HDD and an integrated 1.3 megapixel camera to boot. Reviews are mostly positive for the MSI Wind U100 with the exception of some odd keyboard layout choices and required firmware update to correct some reboot offences when it runs out of juice.
ASUS Eee PC 1000HD
It’s got the 10 inch screen, 1GB of memory, 160GB of HDD space and a 6 cell battery that will deliver approx 7 hours running time. Until the Samsung NC 10 appeared most reviewers seemed to be torn between the MSI WIND U100 and this ASUS Eee PC 1000HD, citing style and keyboard layouts as the main differentiators. It seems to be the heavier of the three options, weighing in at 1.45kg. I think this one has been around longer than the others though.
So – which one of these puppies should I go for? Or would you recommend another alternative instead? According to a quick trawl of the world wide webbie the three items are currently selling for around:-
- Samsung NC 10: â‚¬395
- MSI Wind U100: â‚¬399
- ASUS Eee PC 1000HD: â‚¬459
I could do with some advice please so leave a comment and let me know which direction you would recommend. Thanks.