Netbook + Broadband Deals which Netbook

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  1. welly

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    Hi I have a desktop PC and laptop and now would like a netbook to stick in my handbag for when Im out and about. They offer the following netbooks with a broadband dongle

    Asus EeePC 701
    Toshiba NB100
    Webbook

    I would like to be able to insert a memory stick and maybe use it for some work applications too, would like to load up from my PC accounts information and run from the memory stick

    My questions are

    1. which one is the better model
    2. which one could I 'work' on too

    I know nothing about computers i know what i want them to do and how to do it but thats about it

    I would appreciate any advice
     
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    I have an Asus EeePC 701, its a great little machine. Its got a small screen and tiny keyboard which some find too small, I'm ok with it. Also most of these netbooks don't have Windows installed but use Linxus instead. Your PC accounts info might not be compatiable, basic spreatsheets should be ok though. Battery life is pretty bad at about 2 hours, I use mine plugged in most of the time. You can run data from a USB memory stick or use an SD card
     
  3. welly

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    yeah the smallness was a concern but it can also be an advantage, the picture in the Carphone warehouse brochure shows it with windows xp. so by adding the memory stick its extending its memory, is that right? told you i was dense, is the connection to the internet etc a good speed?

    thank you for your reply
     
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    Adding a memory stick / SD card just increases the amount of storage space for files / music etc. The memory (RAM) can be upgraded on the Asus (well mine anyway) from 0.5gb to 1gb, its easy to do, for basic usage you probably won't need to upgrade the memory anyway
     
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    thank you for your helpful advice its much appreciated
     
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    One thing to bear in mind when considering a Netbook, as I am at the moment, is the battery life.

    I've got a thread running about it now. My experience with the Carphone warehouse Webbook was not great.

    The machine itself was ok with a 10" screen and reasonably well made, but the battery life was really poor, I'd only be getting 60 - 90 mins from it which is very poor in this competitive market.

    The Asus are supposed to be good for this but I cant comment on that specific model.

    Hope this helps :smashin:
     
  7. welly

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    i am just looking at the link and they have a much bigger selection so am trawling through that now
     
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    The Toshiba is the best out of those three (as long as contract price is the same for each machine)
     
  9. welly

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    yes they are all the same price - thank you
     
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    other models available at the link are

    Dell Mini 9
    Advent 4213
    Advent 4211C

    And for a little more the Samsung NC10
     
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    If your looking for a small handbag one the Toshiba one is Nice, give that a look, the Dell mini has theworst speakers ever!
     
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    If you can stretch the Samsung NC10 is excellent. I bought one for my wife for Christmas and she loves it. Great screen and keyboard and seems better built than its competitors which I compared it against (especially the EEE PC one - very toy town, imo). 5/6 hour battery life as well in power save mode.
     
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    I read very recently that O2 will be offering the NC10 in a mobile broadband bundle (~ £30 per month IIRC). Link.
     
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    aside from the speakers, the Dell Mini is a brilliant piece of kit, I went for it on vodaphone as it was first 3 months free, decent ram, chip and the better graphics chip. glad i did, it looks nice, feels nice, screen is pretty good, speakers are not much but then i doubt any netbook will do a lot.

    have yet to test its graphics wiht half life but im looking forward to it..lol. oh yeah and the vodaphone sim slips in to the laptop instead of a separate dongle which is rather nice. 3 usb ports etc. also battery life aint bad, i've been surfing for about 20 minutes this morning and about 40 minutes now and got 66% battery life left. notbad to my mind. i reckon i could get about 1.5x that if i use a network cable instead of the 3G+.
     
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    Them speakers are the worst of the worst, lots of hiss and distortion, mobile phones have cleaner and higher quality sound than it, the Hp Mini Note 1000 will trounce on it in terms of sound, netbook with harman kardan audio, any netbook gives superior audio compared to that junk of a dell....
     
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    I have the NC10 from CWP, picked up about 3 weeks ago,
    think I paid about £20 outright on a £30pm 02 3G contract.

    so it is available
     
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    hi i think i have decided to go with the nc10 - i am a member of quidco but have looked for it via the o2 site and cant find it - anyone have any ideas please - thank you
     
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    i got mine direct through Carphone Warehouse in store,
    Mind you, I looked in a different CPW today and the NC10 didn't appear to be available!
     
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    It's really frustrating my cpw doesn't offer it. May try the link. I emailed o2 and they don't do it either. Thank you for your help
     

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