(Closed) Laptop/Netbook Recommendations?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well I love my Dell Studio XPS 13, but I could totally understand wanting to go with a different brand after the death of a laptop :). My last one was Gateway and I’ll never get another one.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ahh, I see. My friend just got a small laptop that plays the Sims 3 game, so I’m sure it would work for your purposes. I’ll try to remember to ask her what it is tomorrow. It seems to run pretty fast and I think it was fairly cheap. If I forget though, feel free to PM me!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

From that last line, I take it that Mac is off your list of possibilities then?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have a Sony Vaio and it’s bomb. Never had a single problem with it!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Knubbsy-Wubbsy: Awwww, that’s too bad :/  My HP laptop died right after Christmas, so we splurged on the 11″ MacBook Air, and I love it.  Good luck in your search!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m obsessed with my Macbook Pro.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yeah, I’ve got to second Macbook Pros. Those things are amazing. I had a dell, lasted me about 1 -2 years and was already getting slow and hardware was breaking. I’ve had my macbook pro for 4 1/2 years and haven’t had to do a thing. I’ve never even installed a virus software on it and it runs great. I think they have much more value, are easier to use, and have much less issues than most laptops.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I bought a macbook pro today and I’m reeeeeally excited about it! I just had a Dell which lasted me close to 5 years. The battery went pretty quick so I ALWAYS needed it plugged in, the fans broke so it overheated all the time. It was a nice computer, don’t get me wrong, but ifyou get one, make sure you get a good warrantee on it, and an extended warantee on the battery

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@hanaleilove: I’m obsessed with my Macbook Pro as well. I had a pc between my two Macs, and I will never do it again.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I have an Acer Aspire One Netbook.  It cost me $300 but I got it from a techie friend.  They retail for around $300-400 now.  I bought it a few years ago when they were a newer concept.

I love mine, but for most people it works best as a backup computer.  It only has 8GB of harddrive space, but you could always get an external.  It has an 8″ screen, so it’s tiny, but very, very light and efficient.  You can get them with Windows installed, or you can get it with an open-source operating system called Linux.  I like Linux, but it’s a little confusing and you have to be fairly tech savvy to operate it.

I would recommend getting a netbook if you want something fast, light, and very portable.  Mine plays videos and music really well, and supports anything that Windows would.  The major drawbacks are that the screens are small (you can get larger, though) and the harddrive is smaller.  It all depends on what you want and will use it for.

ETA:  My computer is about the size of an iPad, but it has a screen plus full keyboard and closes just like a normal laptop.  When it’s closed, it looks like the size of an iPad… just to give you a reference.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I also have an Acer Aspire One, but mine has a 160-GB hard drive. The newer Aspire One netbooks come in either solid state drives (which are like flash drives in some ways, and tend to have less capacity) or traditional hard drives (like mine). The newer ones also have bigger screens (somewhere around 10″ for many). Mine was also about $300 on Amazon, and I bought a model with a 6-cell battery (versus a 3-cell), for longer batter life.

My netbook is about 3-years old, and is still running well. It boots up quickly, I haven’t used all the space, and it runs everything I need it to run. Mine also runs XP.

It’s a solid computer for travelling with and for school work- I can very easily throw it into a large purse, take my notes, etc. It also has great battery life. It’s perfect for basic functioning like school work and surfing the internet.

I’d give three major things to consider before buying this computer.

  1. What will you use it for? If you want basic functioning, this netbook is great. If you want to play graphics-intense games (I’m talking things like Portal, not things like TextTwist), it isn’t going to get you far. 
  2. Try out the keyboard on an in-store model first, since the smaller keyboard throws some people off. You don’t want to get it all the way home only to realize you need a full-size keyboard and the smaller netbook simply won’t do.
  3. Check the specs and OS to make sure they’re what you want. If the OS is one of the Windows 7 netbook-type editions, you may want to upgrade (but a netbook with an upgraded OS may still be cheaper than another laptop, depending). You also need to look into how fast of a computer you’ll need, and how much HD space. The computer is a tool- make sure it does what you need it to do.

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