Post # 1
So I’m going to be traveling overseas this fall, and I really wanted to buy a laptop to stay connected while I’m away. A friend of mine recommended purchasing a netbook, since I really only plan on using a laptop to use the internet, check email, etc.
If you own a netbook, do you like it? Is it worth the savings to purchase a netbook over a laptop if I’m just using it for the internet/email? Any brand recommendations?
Post # 3
My FI and I have two netbooks; one each. We LOVE them! I only use my netbook for reading (pdf novels, etc) and surfing the net and checking email.
If that’s all you’re using it for, I’d say get it rather than a larger notebook. They’re very lightweight and small; perfect for traveling.
You can also get nifty covers for them, too. Here’s where I got mine (fantasy designs): http://www.customdropshipper.com/docelfardesigns/?SectionCode=17 They’re GREAT for keeping the netbooks from being scratched up.
The cons of the netbooks are the small harddrive space (150 GB, I believe) and the tiny keyboards. However, the battery life of them vary depending on what you use them for. I typically get up to three + hours out of mine.
I highly recommend them. Small, lightweight, easy to use, and travel with. they will even fit in some of the larger purses (I bought a purse specifcally FOR my netbook, lol).
If you have any other questions, feel free to message me. 🙂
Post # 4
I have had an Asus for a few years (bought it before the whole netbook revolution) and I love it. Why I love it… it only has the programs you need on the go. It has a flash hard drive so you can bang it around a bit more than a typical spinning hard drive laptop. It fits in my purse. I keep it pretty darn bare bones (word, skype, internet browser) and it runs just fine. If I want large storage space I carry a portable flah hard drive (mine is 500G and not much bigger than my phone). When traveling (as I am take pretty big trips like backpacking africa) I can blog for my friends and family back home to keep up with where I am at, I can skype for free, and I take a ton more pictures now that I am not limited by the size of my memory card. I have traveled back in the day with a traditional laptop and boy does that thing get really heavy and hard to conceal when in a less than safe part of the world. For the rather disposable price of about $200 I highly suggest it. Another suggestion is to look at brands which run Linux. It might take you a little bit more time to get used to but a large operating system like Windows can sometimes drag down the little machine (note as I said I bought mine years ago so technology might be better now) but I like the ruggedness and simplicity of my asus.
Post # 5
I have an Asus netbook and love it. It has more memory & hard drive space than the laptop it replaced, is lightning fast, has 10+ hour battery life, has a built in slot for my camera’s memory card, and does everything I need it to do on the go, all while being super lightweight. I use it whenever I’m traveling. I wouldn’t want to type a long paper on it, although the keyboard is very comfy and almost full sized, the screen is smallish. But for email, web surfing, and writing short memos, it’s totally fine.
Post # 6
I have an asus netbook as well and I love it! If you get one, I recommend the 10 hour battery. It hardly ever needs to be plugged in!
Post # 7
I have an HP netbook and I LOVE it. I’m in law school, so I need to carry it around with heavy books, and it’s just so light and small. I actually use it in lieu of my regular laptop normally. The only thing I use my laptop for now is writing papers. Oh, and the battery life of my netbook is amazing. I can go a full day at school without plugging it in.
Post # 8
I just purchased a Gateway netbook and I love it!
Post # 9
I have an Acer netbook and love it. It’s really lightweight. I’ve used it many times overseas. I even used it to talk to family using the mic and video cam. It saves on phone bills!
Post # 10
whoops! Forgot to mention, our are Dells.
Oh, and when you go shopping, the companys WILL do price-matches. Just be sure to CALL them and talk to them.
So if you find a netbook from HP but would prefer a Dell, or whatever, (or even find it at say, tigerdirect but would rather have it from the company) print out the technical specifications that list everything you get and call the company up.
I did that with both my Vaio notebook AND my dell netbook.
Post # 11
I have an Asus netbook, and I love it! It is so much easier to carry when traveling than my eight-pound laptop (which looks massive now that I’m so used to using the netbook). The battery life is much better than my laptop’s, too. I bought mine refurbished, so I got a great deal.
Post # 12
I have a dell netbook too and I love it. I surf, email, and have no problems running MS Office (the newer one 2007?). It can be laggy sometimes, but not a big deal.
Just something to keep in mind that may or may not bother you – careful with the extended battery on these little things tho. They always show the picture with the regular 3 cell battery, but if you get the extended 6 cell one, it almost always protrudes from the bottom so it will no longer sit flat. A few brands did it right and have the cell going straight out the back, but the design of the top prevents it from most. It took me some getting used to, but the trade off was worth it for the 7+ hours of usage without having to charge it.
Post # 13
I also have an asus. I LOVE it! I bought it about a year ago. It’s light weight and easy to carry around. I love taking it when I’m going on trips because it’s small enough to fit in my purse. But now that the iPad has come out, I kind of wish I had spent the money on that…since it’s not much more than what I paid for my netbook.
Post # 14
Wow, everyone! Thanks for the great advice. You’ve all got me really excited about buying one of these little guys now!
I’m leaning towards Asus, and now even more so, seeing that a lot of you have an Asus and like it. I’ll definitely spring for one with a decent battery life… I tend to drain batteries really quickly (read: I’m addicted to electronic stuff!).
Post # 15
I have a HP and I adore it – I’m actually using it right now, sitting in Starbucks enjoying a morning coffee. I love using it in class to take notes, and also on lazy mornings in bed, surfing the internet.
Post # 16
Ibought a netbook for my husband for last christmas and he LOVES it. it is perfect for him because all he does is watch youtube vids, ebay, and check email. so its great. it is a compaq and i got it as a black friday deal!