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Advice on buying a netbook

by Lawnswood / December 16, 2012 1:14 AM PST

Hi, I am looking to buy a netbook and looking for some advice, as I'm no expert. I'm trying to choose between 2 models. Don't want to mention specific brands or models, but one has a 1.6Ghz processor, with 1Gb RAM, but upgeradable to 2Gb. The other has 1.86 Ghz processor & 1 Gb RAM, but difficult to upgrade RAM. I'm only planning to use it for office work & some internet access, no gaming or complex stuff.
Can anybody advise about which model would have better (faster) performance, ie: the one with a slightly smaller processor, but with RAM upgraded to 2Gb, or the bigger capacity processor but 1Gb RAM? The first option would be about $75 more expensive - is the extra cost worth it?

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Why do you say it's difficult to upgrade RAM?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2012 1:25 AM PST

I've upgraded so many that I can't say one is harder than that next. All of them took a Philips screwdriver and you open it up or remove a keyboard and pop in the stick of RAM.

Since you can't change the CPU you usually get the better CPU.

Too bad you didn't share the models and prices since with falling laptop prices you usually can get a better deal with a laptop and not get strained doing office work on a lilliputian keyboard and device.

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Advice on buying a netbook
by Lawnswood / December 16, 2012 1:54 AM PST

I found an article on the net, which said that that particular model (Asus Eee 1025, for what it's worth), didn't have easy access, and that the job of upgrading the RAM was "not for the faint hearted". Too scary for me as a novice, who's nervous about opening up computers. Your comments re falling laptop prices are noted, but I'm on a very tight budget, and I don't think prices are falling that fast here in the UK. Also, I am looking for a lightweight & portable machine.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2012 7:55 AM PST
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