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    I'm looking for a laptop for basic functions. Internet, email, MS Office and not much more.

    I don't want to spend more than $500 (and shouldn't have to for basic needs).

    Must be non-Windows. I've had it up to my eyeballs with Windows. I'm open to any other suggestions, tho' I'm leaning toward the Mac route. What's the best option? Linux?



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    MS Office - Open Office

    If you lean towards Mac you have to buy Apple hardware - and that's pricey.

    What specs are you looking for? Might be worth getting a Netbook.
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    I figure will be the obvious choice but wanted to hear some opinions.

    I'm not going the netbook route tho; it's just too small.



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    I'm gonna watch this, I think.

    I've looked around for a basic machine that'll do what Skiz wants but with a bit of HDD size for some GPS/mapping apps & storage.

    I don't need to hew to the Windows-free and no-netbooks-need-apply requirements, but.

    I've looked at basic netbooks with the idea that, being small, they kinda get on the other side of the need of light-weight as a consideration - I always figured I'd have to get something like this-

    http://www.buytough.com/tb_30.asp?cp...FSUMDQodPXK9nA

    -'cuz it'll have to go in the rough with me sometimes, but the netbook can ride on my leg if I'm mobile or I could even walk with it open in my hand - big win, there.
    Last edited by j2k4; 08-27-2009 at 07:38 PM.
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    get a netbook. tonnes of linux options.

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    Whatever you buy, make sure it has SSD

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    Quote Originally Posted by ploopsy View Post
    get a netbook. tonnes of linux options.
    He said before that they're too small, Linux runs on anything - Mobiles, PC, Mac etc (beauty of open source )

    Quote Originally Posted by QPD View Post
    Whatever you buy, make sure it has SSD
    SSD is too expensive atm
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    Quote Originally Posted by iLOVENZB View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by QPD View Post
    Whatever you buy, make sure it has SSD
    SSD is too expensive atm
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141419
    I find it acceptable.

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    I know you said netbooks are out, but i just got a samsung n110, and its great. its small (10" screen), but ive quickly got used to that. the flip side of the size is that it is light (can easily be carried on the train without putting my back out), and the battery is amazing (about 5-7 hours of "proper" usage)

    in terms of an os, i went with ubuntu netbook remix, which has just worked out of the box - been a long time since i played with linux, but this was unbelievably simple.

    so, what to go for? im sure if you just grab any laptop, you'll get a linux distro working - depends what you can pick up for your $500. i also would avoid macs - well, if i had the money i may consider, but i dont think you do.


    oh, and i have a 160gb hdd in this machine which is bloody good for a laptop, and the weight is still very light. i realise that ssd would be better, but then it would have cost more than the £400ish i spent on it.
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    I have the money for whatever I want to buy, but I'm not going to spend a lot of money for a laptop to just check email and whatnot.

    I've been looking around a lot and am now actually considering the netbook route (). The Dell Mini 10v looks like the one I'll likely go for. I've been looking on Craigslist as well but they really aren't any cheaper on there so I'd rather go for a new one.

    Intel® Atom Processor® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache)
    32GB SSD
    6-cell battery
    10.1" Widescreen Display (1024x600)
    Ubuntu 8.4
    1GB RAM

    $374 new



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