Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Help me decide what new laptop to get!

EDITED: Never mind, I decided to buy this awesomeness:

ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-Inch Netbook
# Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP
# Display: 10-inch LED-backlit widescreen LCD (1024x600)
# Intel CPU: Intel Atom N280
# Wireless Data Network: WLAN: 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth V2.0
# Memory: 1GB DDR-2 SODIMM (memory size is upgradable to 2GB)
# Hybrid Storage: 160GB HDD + 10GB Eee Online Storage **Eee Storage service is complimentary for the first 18 months. Please register account information for 6 months extension (depends on country)
# Camera: 1.3 megapixels
# Audio: Build-in stereo speakers, high-definition audio CODEC, Digital Array Microphones
# Storage Cards: 2-in-1 MMC and SD(SDHC) flash card slot
# Input/Output: 1 x VGA port (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor), 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x LAN RJ-45, 2 x audio jacks: headphone & mic-in
# Battery: Up to 9.5 hours*, 8700mAh *Operation lifetime subject to product model, normal usage conditions and configurations.
# Dimensions: 10.47 (W) x 7.53 (D) x 1.12-1.50 (H) inches
# Weight: 3.20 lbs
# Color: Sapphire Blue

With a memory upgrade to 2gigs and the best warranty they have, I got all that for only $540! That's like 3x as awesome as my ibook, and 2 inches tinier! And I didn't even have to get vista!


  1. Have you looked at inexpensive netbooks? There are a lot for under $400. They don't last forever, but they are easy to use, many run windows XP, and they are super portable. I have an Acer Aspire One and I love it. It's keyboard is almost full size (I have small, thin fingers so it's very easy for me to use) and I type on it a few thousand words a day.

  2. no I've never heard of that, but now that I look at pictures I think I have seen someone using one before. I'm intrigued. Can you store music/use itunes on it (I have about 30gigs of music and expect to get more)? Can you run advanced programs that require a lot of memory? DVDs? Can you use full internet stuff? Can you use programs like word?

    Basically, what is the difference between these and laptops, and why are they so much less expensive?

  3. My current netbook runs Windows XP. I am using Open Office (Though I've had Word on it in the past) as well as EndNote, Mozilla Firefox, Sunbird, Thunderbird and some other assorted programs. Netbooks don't have CD drives, so you have to plug one in remotely if you want to install some programs, but my fiance has one, so I've borrowed his the one time I needed it. My fiance has an Asus eee PC that he has running all sorts of memory eating stuff like DVD editing programs.

    I have like 400 GB of music and video fileds. I store most of them on an external hard drive, but my laptop has a 120GB drive by itself.

    The big difference: much small. So less screen (screens are expensive), less material, etc. They also usually do have lower specs than larger laptops, which helps keep the cost down.

    They're not designed to be used as primary computers, but I've always used mine that way without a problem. I even watch movies on mine. And I'm writing my thesis on one.

  4. I suggest finding the recent Consumer Reports article on Netbooks and shopping around before you order. CR did a good review of the major brands. Before my Acer Aspire One, I had an Asus eee PC (their first model, in fact). I've been happy with both. My Acer cost about $375. My fiance's slightly larger (10" screen vs. my 8.9") and more powerful eee PC cost him around $550.

    Good luck!

  5. Sounds like a great deal. I know it is a lot more money but I sprung for a mac. I will never go back to windows.

  6. Oooh, it matches your wedding dress ;-)

  7. I'm really sad about not having Mac OSX anymore, but I can't run any of the statistics programs I need for my job on that operating system, and with our upcoming wedding/cruise/babymaking/housebuying plans for the next few years, I just can't justify the expense to myself.

  8. You can get Windows XP on a new computer - Get Out! I'm going to have to see if I can downgrade MS Vista to Windows XP. After I solve the problem McAfee caused - and now Windows Defender won't work.
    I may need to rent a geek.
    If you're not carrying a wedding bouquet, carry the computer and do some broadband blogging during the wedding!

  9. Nice choice! Love the blue :)

  10. The computer is deductible and the new mac's run windows and leopard so you would should have no problems with your stats software. Also, Apple support is great and battery life is incredible.

  11. I know, I have an apple...but this still cost 1/3rd of the price of a new apple. :)


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