I have my eyes set on the "on sale" ASUS 10.1" netbook (sometimes called a mini-laptop). To be used for Web surfing, Web / U-Tube movie watching, FaceBook, minor single apps (like MS Word and P/Point) and for simple WebCam recording / Sound recordings. No need for CD/DVD media (we use USB sticks and external USB HDDs instead). If DVD/CD media reading is needed, I'd buy a low cost external USB port - DVD/CD device for $29. re: www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3_60&item_id=036390
I got an LG netbook a couple of years ago, mainly for travelling, but was a real blessing when I was in hospital and on chemo at my son's house. For all the e-mail and web surfing, flash, adobe reader as well as word processing, spreadsheet, powerpoint (all using Open Office) it worked fine. Solitaire etc. was fine but I would not try "gaming" on it or any heavy stuff like video editing. Battery life was poor (3-cell battery) and screen size is really too small for comfort but otherwise it has been useful. I hate the touch pad, but my daughter bought me a wireless mouse and that solved that problem, and my son bought me a Rogers Rocket-Stick which was awesome when stuck in hospital.
Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on May 5, 2011 7:58:53 GMT -5
Spike; I'm in agreement with Chris..... nothing beats your own PC (IMO) I've had a laptop... didn't like it at all; never could get use to it and... it was heavy.
I've got a Toshiba notebook (NB305) It's lightweight, has about 8 hours battery life. It's wireless so I have it in the kitchen usually and since I can access my main computer, printer etc..... it comes in handy. It runs many of my programs, including Skype.
Graphics are very good, the 10" screen takes a bit of getting use to. I too can't work with a touchpad so I use a wireless mouse. I really didn't think I'd be using it much except for research and googling stuff etc, but; it's great and I'm working more and more with it. The keys are O.K.; they're like Scrabble tiles but I wouldn't use it for doing any great amount of typing though.
I wanted one for times that I may be bedridden or unable to get around toomuch.
My daughter has one and I notice the screen is small, but for temp use it would be okay. Be aware that most models come only with a Windows 7 Starter pack and you will have to upgrade. I have not gotten on hers too much to tell the differences.
She can play all the games on sites and FB, which my iPad can't, so that is one plus as to why I want to buy.
i have had two Toshiba laptops, and never want a bulky desktop again. My first toshiba really lasted longer than expected. So, am hoping the one I am using now does too. Toshiba has a netbook also that I am researching.
Thanks for everyone's feedback. I'll probably save my limited dollars for another 6+ months. Then, get a laptop - with 6 MB of RAM, 500 GB HD, good video card and a high res screen. Something around a 15-17" screen - to allow me to use Large Size fonts. The typical "older eyes are getting harder to focus on small things" situation. Thank
For those of you looking for a new laptop, do "take the extra time" and get the next size up. We've been searching / waiting since May 2011 (since starting this thread), and the wait was worth it. This 15.6" laptop (for his future college / university schooling) is amazingly fast.