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Old 2nd September 2009, 16:35   #1
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Post Help :Choosing a Netbook?

Guys I am looking out for a Netbook for my wife. She basically works out of home with limited travel. By the way we already have a desktop at home.

She has to work on web based tool like Citrix & do some net surfing and some basic MS word & excel use. Her specific requirement is that it should be portable, lightweight & Wifi enabled.

I have heard that Netbooks are not that great in terms of performance.

Guys can you share your experiences (Pros & Cons) of a netbook so that I don't have to unnecessarily invest in a regular lap top
My budget is approx INR 20k.


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Try to evaluate a second hand notebook or a desktop. You will get better performance at a lower price.
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Hi ,

Right now configuration wise all the net books are approximately the same . i have been using Lenovo S-10 model aorund 7 months now with zero defects , before buyin i did my own research into the same . Lenovo is much better in terms pf product sturdiness and warranty issuse.
They have a new one S-10-2 which is much better and comes with 6 cell battery overall a good buy.

If buying from croma ask them for a extended warranty for 2 years and u are all set.

IF in case u know some one that works for Tata Group u get an additional 2.5% discount.
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She has to work on web based tool like Citrix & do some net surfing and some basic MS word & excel use. Her specific requirement is that it should be portable, lightweight & Wifi enabled.

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i have been using it for the same purposes and found it adequate, mine is loaded with 2007 office and it works fine no issues at all .
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Now you can expect the Atom to be replaced by the newer ULV Core Solo from Intel. It is no contest performance wise. Only the cost issue remains. Microsoft support only current and -1 version of windows. So will XP become orphaned!
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More or less all the netbooks have same configuration and sturdiness. However, Asus and Samsung takes the cake of being leader in this field undoubtedly.

Do opt for larger cell battery to get maximum backup time.
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Hi ,

Right now configuration wise all the net books are approximately the same . i have been using Lenovo S-10 model aorund 7 months now with zero defects , before buyin i did my own research into the same . Lenovo is much better in terms pf product sturdiness and warranty issuse.
They have a new one S-10-2 which is much better and comes with 6 cell battery overall a good buy.

If buying from croma ask them for a extended warranty for 2 years and u are all set.

IF in case u know some one that works for Tata Group u get an additional 2.5% discount.
Thanks, I heard that Nokia is also coming up with its Netbook. Is it worth waiting any clue.
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I agree with Abhishek. I'm also looking for a netbook for my sister and many people who are using lenovo suggest that I go for a S10, but make sure the model has atleast 1 GB or RAM. It's quite adequate for web surfing.

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She has to work on web based tool like Citrix & do some net surfing and some basic MS word & excel use. Her specific requirement is that it should be portable, lightweight & Wifi enabled.
But If you are planning to use it for work, I suggest you add a decent sized keyboard to your requirement list. Especially if a person is used to touch/blind typing, they may have trouble alternating between some netbook keyboards and normal keyboards. So I suggest that your wife try out few netbooks at the store for convenience and then decide.
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Go for lenovo S10-2. you will not regret it.

also check samsung. they have free usb slim drive free on offer in NP, delhi
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Go for lenovo S10-2. you will not regret it.

also check samsung. they have free usb slim drive free on offer in NP, delhi
Thanks for your input on lenovo S10-2, will try to check it out in the market. Any clue about the prices ?
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Last checked, pre-loaded OS on these Netbooks was Windows XP Home.
Can the users upgrade to Windows 7? Will the Netbook work fine with Windows 7?
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Thanks for your input on lenovo S10-2, will try to check it out in the market. Any clue about the prices ?
i bought a month ago little over 21k. now the price may have gone down.

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Last checked, pre-loaded OS on these Netbooks was Windows XP Home.
Can the users upgrade to Windows 7? Will the Netbook work fine with Windows 7?
yeah have installed in one of them.
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Bought an Acer PowerOne for wife. No issues till now but it doesnt come with a XP CD and recovery can be an issue unless you have backed up stuff to a DVD using on board software. I have used this for 5plus hours on battery.

Our company bought couple of S10-2; felt its keyboard to be better and so with built quality.

Have read that 2GB helps. Would suggest only XP.
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More or less all the netbooks have same configuration and sturdiness. However, Asus and Samsung takes the cake of being leader in this field undoubtedly.

Do opt for larger cell battery to get maximum backup time.
I second that, Samsung NC10 is the best of the lot.

I bought a HP mini for myself - it looked good, and really tiny compared to my lappy, but hardly ever use it. My Touch HD, or earlier Palm Treo was good enough for mails/web surfing and that was what I bought the netbook for :-(

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2Gb definitely helps. Have that on my sisters Asus 1005HA. Pretty nice with good backup too.
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