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Need recommendations for a laptop newbie

Hi there.... I'm looking to purchase a new laptop, and I am finding myself overwhelmed with the options that are available- I'm also seeing netbooks on the market, and am wondering if I should be looking at one of those instead? They seem to meet my criteria, but I'm leery of newer tech.

A little background- I will be primarily using this to email, surf the web, stream video, and I'd like something that will be compatible with my music service (I use Rhapsody- I don't think that's going to restrict my laptop choice). A burner might be nice but isn't necessary. I want it to be fast, so I know I need to look at a decent processor and memory, but I don't know what the technical specs would be for that. 2 USB ports would be good. I'm less concerned about screen size, and keyboard size. Any suggestions? Anything else I should consider?

All advice is welcome and appreciated- from looking around this is going to involve spending a good chunk of money, so I don't want to make a mistake.

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With such low specs.

In reply to: Need recommendations for a laptop newbie

I expect the new 10 inch netbooks (about 399 or less USD) to any of the common 599 buck laptops to fair well. Your specs land you in a field of a thousand choices. I don't envy you if you were to try to rank some thousand machines.

Let's try this. What are you using now?
PS. Written from my cheap, I would buy it again HP dv6910us that was 550USD.

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Water, water everywhere...

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I am the previous owner of a Dell Inspiron 2200, and that suited my purposes fairly well before it died. I don't have any of the specs on it anymore. But you're right, there's so much to choose from that it's a bit bewildering.

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My advice today is to delay, delay and delay.

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I have the Windows 7 beta and frankly if I could I'd wait. It's only a few more months. It's that good. Here's hoping.

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All good things are worth waiting for

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Thanks for the advice! Are you running it on the laptop you mentioned previously?

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Sorry no.

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I'm on Vista on that one. Short version of the long story. I'm writing a new Windows Mobile application that must run on Windows Mobile 6.1. Microsoft's Activesync for 6.1 is Vista or later.

It's a paying gig so I have only one choice for that setup.

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