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Are netbooks ok for Word?

by mtume1soul / January 31, 2009 2:25 AM PST

Hi all,

Am thinking that netbook might be good for my mom - she only uses internet & Word and is looking for something very light.

qx: she does a good amount of writing in Word, and so needs it to work at full speed. i'm worried it might be too sluggish given low RAM and processor speeds in many of the models -- what have folks found?

any and all advice welcome,


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What is "full speed"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2009 4:42 AM PST

Let's say I pull up Open Office or Word 2003 on my Acer Aspire One. What test can I do to measure "full speed"?

I can do this test so let's spec it out and I'll get you an answer.

PS. It's chilling to read that 1GB RAM and 1.6+GHz CPU speeds are now considered low and slow.

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definition of full speed
by mtume1soul / January 31, 2009 5:44 AM PST
In reply to: What is "full speed"?

alas, i have no technical test for full speed -- Happy

she's right now got an older laptop that is sort of limping along, and takes *forever* to open up Word (and launch browsers, etc.). so we want to get new laptop where things won't be in crawl mode. if you feel like you get solid Word functionality (not drumming your fingers endlessly waiting for launch), then that's good enough for us.

mainly, this query is coming from having suffered thru bigger and bigger office versions gobbling up anything in sight, no matter what your specs, hence the worry about a gig ram and processing speeds like the below.

more generally, how are u liking the netbook format?

cheers, and thx for quick reply.

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Forever must be less than forever.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2009 6:04 AM PST

Here Word lauches in seconds not minutes. Open Office just a little longer.

Can you give me something specific I can try and hand you "It takes 5 seconds to ____."

Sorry, I have not tried Office 2007 so I can only do this test with Office 2003 today.

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by mtume1soul / January 31, 2009 8:04 AM PST

that sounds great, the starting up in minutes. and fine on office 2003, that's what we're using. i'll see if i can come up with a real test, have to check with her, but either way, this has been super helpful, thanks!!! Happy

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On my desktop ...
by Kees Bakker / January 31, 2009 6:16 AM PST

XP, 1 GB RAM, 1.8 Ghz dual core (E6300?) it's about one second from clicking Word icon to being able to type in a new document (with Firefox open, and antivirus running). That's OK with me. A comparable laptop might have a slower hard disk, so it would take somewhat longer. But I don't have a comparable laptop, so I can't test.

What would be acceptable for you? If you find it important, better try it before you buy.


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super useful
by mtume1soul / January 31, 2009 9:58 AM PST
In reply to: On my desktop ...

thanks, that really does help. i think this may be what we're looking for. will try out, as u say. Happy

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by Renegade Knight / February 2, 2009 3:22 AM PST

If your mom types with 2 fingers a netbook should be a good deal.

If she actually types when she writes, I'd go with something with a real keyboard. A high end netbook and a low end laptop aren't that different. You want 12" widescreen minimum to allow for a full size keyboard.

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Hopefully you havre s licensed copy of
by orlbuckeye / February 2, 2009 4:24 AM PST
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Word. If you have to buy word it could cost half of the netbook. Most new computers come with 60 day trials of office. Open Office is free so you may consider that if money is an issue.

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