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Please recommend a durable Netbook

by ginlane / April 18, 2016 8:22 PM PDT

Hi there,

So I travel around the world with my rucksack on my back, I never stay in any place that long, so obviously a lot of roughing it etc. Anyway I need a Netbook. It needs to be small, lightweight and be able to take a lot of knocks and bangs and of course be a great, fast, dependable device.
I know ..... I'm not asking a lot Grin
I don't play videogames, I do use a voice recognition program (Dragon NaturallySpeaking) the Internet of course, Word documents, Skype, Photoshop and torrent the occasional file. That's about it really!
So please could someone tell me what they recommend for this situation?
I'm from the UK

kind regards Gin

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Actually the Netbook class has been extinct.
by orlbuckeye / April 19, 2016 4:39 AM PDT

Most of the smaller low priced Chromebook have replaced the Netbooks. You might want to lok at tablets like a Surface 3.

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Hi Orlbuckeye
by ginlane / April 19, 2016 4:52 AM PDT

Actually the Netbook class has been extinct.
by orlbuckeye / April 19, 2016 4:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Please recommend a durable Netbook
Most of the smaller low priced Chromebook have replaced the Netbooks. You might want to lok at tablets like a Surface 3.

Hi Orlbuckeye,

thank you for replying to my post, I understand what you're saying, the thing is however
I have a full range of programs I want to run while travelling, I need an operating system that will run them. Particularly my voice recognition program Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I'm pretty sure that Dragon NaturallySpeaking is not compatible with the chrome OS.
This is a big problem for me. If the chrome OS won't run my programs it's no good!
also I have a USB external hard drive with many files on them which I need to plug into my device. And I'm pretty sure that a tablet will not power up my external hard drive.
I don't want to travel with a full-blown laptop. The one I have at the moment is nearly 3 kg. Which is too heavy for my back! I need something light, that will have the same functionality (give or take) as a laptop and will run a broad spectrum of programs. Could you advise some kind of compromise?

kind regards Richard

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I never found Dragon Dictate to work on our netbooks.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 19, 2016 8:13 AM PDT

My guess is they didn't have the chops.

Now the Surface 3 and on are full power devices you may be looking at for this.

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by Willy / April 19, 2016 10:58 AM PDT

The Surface was stated as being very possible a good tablet or if you want very slim laptop to carry. Thus, anything similar would be OK, I would look at Asus and Acer brands and review the offering. One consideration is the need for a CD drive or greater HD storage media. I offer that because if you don't need CD drive, then the laptop or tablet is going to be lighter as well as any HD maybe more SDD type and maybe more robust in your requirements. I can't offer any model here because once i do, cost comes into play and cheaper isn't going to help when it breaks out in the field. I also, tend to like robust laptops, too, but having to carry it, my auto does that. I tend to like Fujitsu Toughbooks and are build to be robust. In fact, look for your needs using the "robust laptop/tablet/netbook" as keywords when googling and take it from there. Sometimes a more commercial offering may fill the bill if cost isn't too much. But, really Surface is the beall to beat all and MS ready, gee what a gift.

tada -----Willy Happy

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