Cheap Netbook for Travelling

Hi All,

Looking for a cheap netbook to take travelling.

Would like to use it for spreadsheets, word, iTunes, internet and movies.

I live in Brisbane.

Thanks in advance for your help!!

Andy

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    Gotta budget in mind?

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      Cheapest I can get really, that will do Excel, Word, iTunes, internet and movies.

      Hoping for 300ish.

      What sort of power do I need to do those things?

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    I bought a HP DM1 from JBHIFI for $350 which I use for travelling. RAM is upgradeable to 8GB, I am very happy with it so far.

    http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/laptops/hp-...

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      Thanks Marcus, that one probably looks a bit big. I will be out of a backpack for 6 months so size is very important.

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    consideredd an android tablet?

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      Yes, but the GF needs something to manage her iTunes account on. And I want to use it for spreadsheets and word processing, which I don't think that tablets are suited to.

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    Budget?

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    Before buying I would suggest reading this review
    http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/asus-eee-pc-1015b.as...
    that along with others suggest avoiding AMD E450 and E350 machines. My travelling experience suggests a soldly built dual core Atom machine would be the best choice at your price range.
    I use a Seagate xt hybrid drive in my N450, and the little bit of SSD it adds makes a huge difference to video and audio performance, e.g internet radio.
    There is a used Samsung NC110 going cheaply on ebay.
    The new Intel 2600 and 2800 processor netbooks are over $300 but are my recommendation. ijk.com.au have the Acer AOD270-26DKK for $319 + freight.

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      Thankyou, I will investigate

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    This one seems ok value for you, a refurbished Acer Aspire with superceded i3 processor but still faster than an Atom, is $366 including delivery or $432 with 5 year warranty http://www.estore.com.au/Acer_AS1830-38U2G32nki_W7HP64ASAU1_...
    but being refurbished probably wouldn't have the International Travellers Warranty that a new Acer has. Not sure of the weight but should be ok.

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    The Good Guys ticket price for the Acer AOD270-26KK (model NU.SGASA.001) appears to be $302. Assuming 20% off store stock from their sale today only that becomes less than $242. In my book that's a buy. Be sure to take what you need to get the sale price, see http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/70675. Morayfield store is the only Brisbane store that has stock of the Acer according to TGG website. Some Dick Smith's have them in stock e.g. Chermside, also some Officeworks, so they might price match.

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      Awesome - thanks for your help!!!

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        If you haven't left yet, this SSD for $89 is the cheapest 120+Gb I've seen. http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/72418 It would dramatically speed up your netbook, reducing boot time so have more usable battery life, also eliminating vulnerability of your hard drive to vibration/drops. I just put an SSD in my netbook and it makes a huge difference. You could use the drive you pull out for backup/storage, if you put it in a caddy. I have bought several caddies for $8 ea at Nscom Chermside store with no problems. As SSDs can fail, make sure you back up your data regularly.

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    Look for some secondhand U100's, I've seen them go for less than $100 and they are really small. generally they have 1.5gig ram, 120gig drive, n270 cpu and good batterylife

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      At the price the questioner quoted "Hoping for 300ish." IMHO can do better around $300. If had only $100 would be a good suggestion. Atom N270 processor is single core and several generations old. A great idea for anyone with a single core Atom wanting improved performance is to change to a SSD hard drive, or if using Xp, or want a large drive that is fast at a reasonable price, a hybrid hard drive, e.g. Seagate Momentus XT.

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        The N270 has hyperthreading, so you get a performance boost and windows shows the system as having two cores although it does not really.

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