But take it with a grain of salt that you can head down to Walmart and get a netbook for under 300 there and with some care it will last a very long time.
FAIR AND LOUD WARNING! Many write later they can't reinstall the OS after they installed Torrent apps and crashed the OS. If you are the dangerous user type and take chances, beg, borrow, buy a DVDRW drive early and make the recovery media since "you don't want to know" how much a shop charges for recovery.
I'm a newbie to the forum, but I wanted to ask some opinions. I have been doing a bit of research on netbooks, as my laptop has crashed and I am in need of a computer for school.
I am looking for a computer that I can generally do your basic internet and Word Processing on. I would like to play music on it, but I have external speakers, so great speakers aren't a necessity. Battery life is also no object to me; I almost always have access to an outlet, and I almost always work with my computer plugged in. I would like to find something that will last me a while, but it seems like netbooks are too new to the market to really make good judgments about longevity. I am not willing to pay more than $400.
I've been burned by a crappy HP Pavilion dv2000 which has had virtually every problem in the book in its short 1.5 years with me, and so I am not wild about the idea of an HP mini. I have heard good things about Toshiba laptop longevity, but there seem to be a lot of reviews of Toshiba netbooks that cite problems with wifi (which would be a problem for me). So far an ASUS eee PC looks like the netbook for me, but I have no idea if ASUS computers are generally worth their salt or not.
So, can anyone give me some recommendations?
Thanks for any help,