Ipad needs to go so want a notebokk/laptop

  KRONOS the First 11:12 AM 11 May 12

I have decided that my ipad2 32Gb is not what I want so am selling it and am looking for either a notebook or a smallish laptop to replace it.

Deciding on which one is way outside my comfort zone being a builder of high performance gaming desktop PC's.I would be doing in nothing more than surfing and office type work maybe the odd flash game type thing. I quite like the spec of:

Toshiba NB520

Toshiba NB550D

Samsung NC110

But as I said not my area so looking for personal experiences of the above or indeed others.

  Ian in Northampton 11:24 AM 11 May 12

Chronus: I've had very good experience with the Asus EEE PC. If it can take my daughter's abuse, it'll take anything. The other daughter has had two Acer netbooks. The first one developed a fault - don't remember what (power brick connection?) - and Argos exchanged it under warranty. Fyi, second daughter does a huge amount of typing, and chose the Acer because of its keyboard layout. Only problem was, the replacement notebook came with Windows 7 - but only 1GB memory. That caused it to freeze/slow pretty regularly. I ended up upgrading it to 2GB (heart-stopping stuff) and now it runs fine. (The EEE PC is an XP machine with 1GB and has always run well). I guess one of the key things to look out for, given that netbooks don't have CD drives, is what arrangements the manufacturer has made for reinstallation etc - e.g. disks, recovery partition and so on.

Good luck!

  rdave13 11:50 AM 11 May 12

I've got a Packard Bell 10" netbook and it's OK. To be honest I don't use it much now as the screen is a tad small for me but useful at times simply for the size. It runs XP. Next time I will be looking for a good processor, you can get dual-core, and long battery life is important. Also three usb ports and a card reader. Not so important is HDD size and, as Ian in Northampton says, you will upgrade the ram to 2 gig anyway.

Good hunting.

  KRONOS the First 12:04 PM 11 May 12

Thanks so far, I am not overly concerned with OS as I would be installing Win 7 so backup and restore will not be an issue and adding RAM if necessary would not be a problem and chances are I would be swapping out the HDD with a SSD drive.

Card readers are not needed but USB's are, there positioning is also important as I have come across laptops that have the USB ports side by side which can make inserting two USB plugs problematic.

  rdave13 12:43 PM 11 May 12

This caught my eve, Lenovo but not sure about the CPU. It also has a 11.6" screen.

  john bunyan 12:57 PM 11 May 12

I have a larger Toshiba and my local repair man says that spares etc are easier than many brands. You are an expert on these forums; I recommend a Toshiba of your choice, ideally from John Lewis, who offer a two year warranty.

  KRONOS the First 13:57 PM 11 May 12

I think I am leaning more towards a notebook as opposed to a laptop,I really do not need anything very big in regards to screen-size. I think most of the Toshiba's are pretty large screen so they are pretty much out of the reckoning.

I am in no hurry to get anything the ipad will do for now,I have a date with either a GTX680 or a GTX670 first.

  Woolwell 14:27 PM 11 May 12

It largely depends on your budget and where you want to use it eg on travels. You may want to consider an ultrabook. For netbooks the Acer Aspire One D255 gets some good reviews.

  Strawballs 14:54 PM 11 May 12

The only experience I have with Toshiba laptops is the hard drives always seem weak. Over the past couple of years when friends and family have bought Toshiba laptops to me with problems it has always been the drives and their software for recovering corrupt sectors is nowhere near as good as the others.

  KRONOS the First 15:42 PM 11 May 12

Woolwell The Acer you mentioned was almost a contender except the 1GB RAM,even with Win7 starter thats a no no.

  Woolwell 19:23 PM 11 May 12

The Acer Aspire One 722 has 2Gb RAM. Personally I'm not a fan of netbooks I'd rather have a small screen laptop or tablet.


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