Which Netbook to Choose?

  richardcockbain 18:54 PM 14 May 11
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Hello everyone, looking for a little help in choosing a netbook.

Looking for a netbook which will allow me to access the internet, watch video clips and play back films. Probably one of these three:

  • Toshiba http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-NB520-10P-Windows7-speakers-Bluetooth/dp/B004XARXKI/ref=sr13?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1305395451&sr=1-3
  • Lenovo Ideapad s205 http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/3228/2495/-/19425658/Lenovo-Ideapad-S205-AMD-E350-2GB-250GB-11-6-inch-Windows-7-Home-Premium-64-bit-Laptop-Notebook-Black/Product.html
  • Acer Aspire One 721 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Netbook-Processor-Windows-Premium/dp/B004V98WPQ/ref=sr11?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1305394662&sr=1-1

Different processors and RAM but all within £20 of each other.

Very tempted by the Toshiba and the HK speakers but my preference is for the Lenovo as I use a Think Pad for work.

What do you think?

  iscanut2 20:13 PM 14 May 11

Even with a netbook upgraded to 2 Gb Ram and Win 7 I have found video and film playback to be lacking so be warned unless you know otherwise. I may be ignorant in these matters but I thought netbooks only came originally with Win 7 starter edition and was surprised to see you mention Win 7 64 bit edition !

  richardcockbain 20:27 PM 14 May 11

iscanut thanks for the reply.

You are right, most netbooks are pretty poor when it comes to video playback and Windows 7 starter it the default.

One of the reasons why I am favouring the Lenovo is the AMD chips permit HDMI playback and it has Win 7 Home Premium. The Aspire has Win 7 64 but I'm not sure it is justified on a netbook.

Decisions, decisions!

  chub_tor 21:51 PM 14 May 11

I am a netbook user, an HP one bought about 18 months ago. I did upgrade both the RAM to the maximum of 2Gb and the OS from Win7 starter to Win 7 Home premium 32bit. If I was buying today I would certainly want at least that in a new machine plus I would look for one with the new dual core processors.

I find my netbook OK for watching DVDs but the sound is tinny and is better with headphones than with speakers.

I guess that my biggest complaint with a netbook is the amount of scrolling you have to do because of the screen size and some programmes (for example Roxio Creator 2010) just do not adjust to the small screen.

  tigertop2 10:52 AM 15 May 11

I bought a Toshiba NB250 about ten days ago. One of the reasons, apart from a good price deal, was its reputation for a very good keyboard action. I have found it to be an excellent machine overall. I upgraded it to 2Gb for under £20 and use an old Benq external DVD player with a £5 wireless mouse. All works perfectly and I like the Toshiba Support. I got rid of the loaded McAffee security software and installed Microsoft Security Essentials. I am very happy with it.

  tonyq 11:38 AM 15 May 11

this may be a help to you. http://www.fantastic-netbooks.co.uk/netbook-rankings/

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