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by afromosia / January 26, 2011 2:27 PM PST

Hi all,

I am looking to buy a netbook for primarily writing and internet.

My initial choice was the Asus 1001PXD-MU17 for it's features and price point (~$300), but have done more research and am now leaning to getting one with a dual core processor, HDMI, and Bluetooth.

I have been looking primarily at Asus, but open to other suggestions. Any suggestions for a well-rated model that has these features. I'm hoping to stay in the $300 - $375 range.. I'm in Canada, they tend to be be slightly more $ here.

Thanks so much! I'm getting tired of all the specs I have been poring over!

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Can you share what the use is?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2011 12:37 AM PST

For example one Netbook buyer wanted to play movies over the HDMI at 1080p. So far the only netbook I've seen do that is ION based. Example at

It handily blows past your budget as well as does not have dual core.

As long was no one knows what the unit will be used for, the forum can't help you avoid a BIG MISTAKE.


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by afromosia / January 27, 2011 1:59 AM PST

yeah, as mentioned... main reason I'm buying it is for writing & internet (research, email). I not a big gamer or need the better graphics that some of them offer. I'm not a major techie, so I've been learning as I go with all this research.

I guess I was looking at having the option of watching a movie through it (download thru Netflix, for e.g.), thus the HDMI option. I think you can do this with VGA & another cord too (for both video & audio)?... just thought it might be a better option to have HDMI?

I was looking at having the option of using my Iphone as a modem, if I had trouble getting online when out and about... and I was thinking that the bluetooth is what I needed for this?

I guess all in all, I was trying to keep options open, but maybe asking for too much at this price point? I'm basically looking for something that can chug along well with what I'm doing, allow me to watch the occasional move/view pics on my tv, and allow me to use my iphone as a modem (if needed).

But hey, I'm new to this, so am very open to comments & suggestions. Thanks!!

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one more thing
by afromosia / January 27, 2011 2:01 AM PST
In reply to: oops

and another point, something reliable (have heard conflicting things about Acer from techie friends). I don't have a lot of $$$, so I would like to have something I can depend on.

thanks again!

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Sorry no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2011 5:40 AM PST
In reply to: oops

I can't give any netbook at this price point a nod or find such. It's not made at this price to do what you ask.

Again, playing content at full screen even on netbooks with dedicated GPU's (the ION is an exception) has found that full screen 1080p or VGA is laggy or worse.

As to quality, these are debateable. I've seen units last years and some months. While I don't find it's a quality issue some want a durable unit for 299.

In fact why are you not getting a 299 buck Dell?

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advice on these...
by afromosia / January 27, 2011 12:58 PM PST
In reply to: Sorry no.

ok, any advice on which of these to go with??

1. Acer AOD255E (has dual core, 250G priced nicely at $309.99 at Costco... while their
stock tends to be "older" their 2yr warranty is tempting)

2. ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD-MU17 (the lower N455 processor, but rated very well, 250 GB,
bluetooth and same price as above, and a great look compared to others... not that I
would want to base it on that)

3. ASUS Eee PC 1015PED-PU17 (N475 processor, 250GB, bluetooth & good battery life, well-
rated) A little more @ 349.99

4. SAMSUNG NF210 (dual core, 250GB, bluetooth, good battery life) for $299.99

Have not seen any Dells for ~ $299 on Canadian sites.

I know you may not be familiar with these models, but thought I would put in the basic info) Unless there is anything else you think I should make sure someone has on their netbook???

thanks so much... hope I gave enough info,


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Is full screen video a requirement?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2011 1:11 PM PST
In reply to: advice on these...

1. This has an Intel 3150. I have some netbook with that and Hulu crawls at full screen, stutters. Let's call it a fail.

2. Another Intel UMA. Pass.

3. Ditto.

Sorry but you seem to not be getting the message. For now you must avoid the usual Intel GMA for Netflix and HDMI. You will feel burned.

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I put HDMI thoughts aside with those selections
by afromosia / January 27, 2011 1:52 PM PST


I wasn't looking at those for HDMI capabilities (from your last comment - I took your advice). I'm focusing on my priorities of using it for writing and using internet. From that standpoint, do you have a suggestion/comment on those?

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If we dismiss Netflix full screen play.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2011 12:43 AM PST

Then we have to start a new discussion. Any of the above are fine.

YOU only need to try them out and see if you can stand using a netbook for hours. I know this is a BAD IDEA. The number of folk that tried to use such instead of a laptop then discovered their hands were cramping, their backs ached from slumping over and more.

Unless you use a netbook now, you should reconsider the usual 299 buck Dell.

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$299 buck Dell?
by afromosia / January 28, 2011 12:54 AM PST

Ok, do you have a link to these 299 buck Dells?

"Unless you use a netbook now, you should reconsider the usual 299 buck Dell."
- so these are laptops as opposed to netbooks?


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2011 1:18 AM PST
In reply to: $299 buck Dell?
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by afromosia / January 28, 2011 2:21 AM PST
In reply to: No.

thanks for all your help Bob.

I appreciate your advice and warning about the netbooks, but this is what I am asking about and plan to buy, after doing MUCH research looking at them in person and online. Yes, I have seen the cheaper laptops, but as I mentioned initially, I am looking specifically for a netbook.

While I have spent many hours doing MY research, I was hoping for a techie's greater knowledge in this area to help give a sounding board and prevent the "I wish I had known!" syndrome. I don't have a lot of cash and am trying my best to spend my money, for what I want, wisely.

Thanks for clarifying the HDMI and what was needed to really use it, and for giving me some fair warnings.

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Are refurbs an option?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2011 2:54 AM PST
In reply to: thanks

I've picked up refurbs at times from and

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would rather get new
by afromosia / January 28, 2011 3:26 AM PST
In reply to: Are refurbs an option?

have not had good experience with refurb electronics, would rather buy new.

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Got the Perfect one!

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too big, bordering on too much $
by afromosia / January 28, 2011 2:55 AM PST
In reply to: Got the Perfect one!

It would be great if I was looking for a laptop, but I would like a netbook, closer to $300 preferably.

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