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#1 2008-12-13 17:34:55

greenguru
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Netbook of choice?

Of all the netbooks enjoying success on the market the class leaders appear to be the eeepc and the AA1.  The forum now features users of each and, although this comparison has already been done on countless sites they have all been based on their native OSs, I would hope that users could post their views based on their experiences with #!.

So, where should a potential netbook purchaser spend his hard earned cash?

I look forward to your thoughts,

Rob

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#2 2008-12-13 18:48:05

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I'm looking forward to the feedback in this thread. I'm leaning towards a eeepc myself but would like to hear the experiences of both users before making the leap smile

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#3 2008-12-13 19:52:41

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I tried one of the original Eees and found the keyboard too cramped and the 7inch screen unusably small. Things got better when they upped the screen to 8.9, and then 10inches, but I still find the keyboards hard work.
I was particularly impressed by the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook - the build quality is fabulous and the screen is bright and vivid. I also thought they had done a nice interpretation of the Ubuntu netbook remix, with plenty of easy to use options for new users allied to all the standard Ubuntu tools and choices regular, more experienced users will be happy to play with.
I believe the Dell is also being sold through Vodafone's UK stores with a built-in 3G mobile broadband SIM, which makes for quite a compelling package.


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#4 2008-12-14 05:31:57

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I just ordered a dell mini 9, should be here monday or tuesday and I'll write up a quick review on how crunchbang runs on it.


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#5 2008-12-14 05:34:16

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Re: Netbook of choice?

^^Excellent, I haven't looked to closely at the Dell's yet. I'm looking forward to your review

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#6 2008-12-14 05:38:41

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Re: Netbook of choice?

HP has a good looking netbook as does IBM or lenovo or whoever's making them now.

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#7 2008-12-14 07:55:01

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I've had the AA1 for awhile now.  I tried the 8 GB SSD version, but the write speed on the drive was extremely slow--no doubt, in order to keep the price point lower, they use a lower quality one.  From what I understand, the EEE's with 20 GB of SSD have one fast one of 4 GB and a slow one of 16 GB, but I could be wrong on this--it's hearsay, not experience.

I then got the hard drive version of the Aspire One.  I have my own little review of it--I'm not sure if it's Ok to post links to one's own pages, if anyone's interested, they can google computertaijutsu.  I didn't try crunchbang on it yet, but did run Ubuntu with no problem. The wireless card should be the only issue, and as long as you install the backports modules, you should be fine.  (It's the common AR5007EG, now supported by the ath5k module, which Ubuntu decided to leave out, but that's another story.)

Either starting from the 900's or 901's the ASUS now uses a Realtek card--I've forgotten which, but apparently it's relatively trivial to get it working.  With Ubuntu the webcam worked, although not that well--it's a pretty lowend webcam.  Sound should work. 

I just discovered Crunchbang today, and at present the AA1 is with my wife on a business trip. 

In the US at least, the hard drive versions only seem to be available with XP, but I just wiped it off and installed various distributions.  (My work is mainly with CentOS servers, so I tend to concentrate on RH based systems, I'm afraid.) 

The screens are of course, a bit small (a bit bigger with the ASUS), the mouse buttons are a bit of a nuisance, but I suspect most OpenBox users don't use the mouse that much anyway.  The keyboard isn't bad, and that's actually the main reason I choice the AA1 over the others.  The MSI Wind also has a nice keyboard, but at that point, they were considerably more expensive than the Acer. 

When she comes back, I'll probably replace the Ubuntu installation with Crunchbang, and can probably give more specifics then, but it's running Intrepid with no problems---the only issue was the wireless, quickly fixed by installing the backports.

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#8 2008-12-14 09:05:26

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Re: Netbook of choice?

This thread is building nicely.  I hadn't considered the Dell but I will keep an eye out for it now. 

Thanks guys; keep 'em coming!



Rob

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#9 2008-12-14 10:06:37

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Re: Netbook of choice?

At the risk of being accused of being a self-publicist, I reviewed the Dell Mini 9 on my blog a while back - it's here if anyone's interested: http://reddevil62-techhead.blogspot.com … tbook.html


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#10 2008-12-14 13:05:14

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Re: Netbook of choice?

Have you tried #! on your Dell?

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#11 2008-12-14 13:57:14

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Re: Netbook of choice?

Have you tried #! on your Dell?

No, it was a loaner and I hadn't discovered Crunchbang at that time.


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#12 2008-12-14 14:10:41

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I have owned the EEE701, AA1 SSD and now the AA1 HD version.

I would have to go with the AA1 every time.  But only the HDD version.  Apparently there are two SSD versions, one with an Intel drive and one with a Samsung.  The Intel version is apparently very poor performance wise with the Samsung giving a very noticeable performance boost.  It seems like a lucky dip to see which one you get.....

The HDD version has been a star for me so far.

Though I have to say the Dell Mini Note looks gorgeous and I have only read favourable things.

The EEE 701 was amazing as a starting place for netbooks but things have moved on now.

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#13 2008-12-14 14:15:33

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I've still got my 701, thinking of upgrading with my christmas bonus to a Mini9. Not sure yet. The 701 is nice, but as aadb mentions, things have moved on.

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#14 2008-12-14 15:29:35

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I am running #! on an eee 900ha. I like it a lot, but if I had to do it again, I would have gone for an SSD instead of a HDD and possibly a larger keyboard. Fortunately the hard drive is easy to replace (regular SATA) so I will probably upgrade to an aftermarket SSD at some point. I sure do love #! on the eee!


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#15 2009-01-05 16:18:38

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I am running #! on an AA1 110 with a Samsung SSD and it works great.


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#16 2009-01-06 01:26:53

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I got an Asus EEE 1000H. Its great. The only two disadvantages it has are the fact that the 160gb HD is a bit noisy, and that the keyboard is not the best it could be.
The MSI netbooks keyboard seems to be significantly better. Battery life on Asus netbooks is best than all other netbooks from what ive read.
If you have no urgent need to buy a netbook, wait a while. As netbooks  are the future of computing, theres gonna be major improvements even in a short period of time.

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#17 2009-01-06 08:13:08

al
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Re: Netbook of choice?

Have anyone tried #! on Amilo Mini http://www.fujitsu-siemens.com/home/pro … _3520.html?


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#18 2009-01-06 13:55:00

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Re: Netbook of choice?

al wrote:

Have anyone tried #! on Amilo Mini http://www.fujitsu-siemens.com/home/pro … _3520.html?

Yep, it works like a charn! smile


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#19 2009-01-06 14:05:04

al
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Re: Netbook of choice?

@Zwopper: Good to know... I have to go some day to see those more closely. lol


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#20 2009-01-09 17:34:26

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Re: Netbook of choice?

If you're happy with the size of the keyboard, then I think the eee 901 is the best of the lot:
- Great battery life
- large multitouch touchpad
- bluetooth
- wireless N
- easily upgradeable SSD and RAM
- massive support community

It's also sturdy - I dropped mine yesterday (accidently) 3ft onto concrete and when I opened it up in trepidation, it just  flickered into life from the point that I had suspended it from!

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#21 2009-01-09 17:37:53

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Re: Netbook of choice?

ShaqArif wrote:

It's also sturdy - I dropped mine yesterday (accidently) 3ft onto concrete and when I opened it up in trepidation, it just  flickered into life from the point that I had suspended it from!

I did that recently with an Acer Travelmate (accidentally as well). It was okay at first then slowly died of the next couple of days... sigh

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#22 2009-01-12 21:03:30

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Re: Netbook of choice?

ShaqArif wrote:

If you're happy with the size of the keyboard, then I think the eee 901 is the best of the lot:
- Great battery life
- large multitouch touchpad
- bluetooth
- wireless N
- easily upgradeable SSD and RAM
- massive support community

It's also sturdy - I dropped mine yesterday (accidently) 3ft onto concrete and when I opened it up in trepidation, it just  flickered into life from the point that I had suspended it from!

Thats why I picked the 901 20gb ssd and I'm very happy with it.

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#23 2009-01-12 22:00:39

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I was looking at the Advent one, since it has a built in 3G modem. Just needs the SIM.

I have an EeePC 701, and I like it. The cramped keyboard actually makes my typing better.

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#24 2009-01-16 20:27:36

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Re: Netbook of choice?

Running #! on a Dell Mini 9 (8gb stock SSD, 2GB RAM), I don't have any of the `exotic' addons (no webcam, Bluetooth or WWAN), but the built in wireless worked from the get-go. The trackpad has some quirkiness sometimes so far, but I've only had the netbook for a week now. If anyone looking to get one has any questions, feel free to ask.

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#25 2009-02-14 13:32:10

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Re: Netbook of choice?

I'm running MSI wind u120 with crunchbang and everything works great! The keyboard is actually quite large, so my fingers aren't getting cramped. I'm almost at writing speed with a normal keyboard. Had some problems with the fn + speakers up, down and mute, but a post here on the forums for the eee worked fine for MSI as well.
Haven't tried the bluetooth yet, don't have bluetooth advices, but it at least lights up, when pushing the button.

Would like to hear if boot could be faster, although it just would be for the coolness factor big_smile

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