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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Hi all,

I've got a really nice 17" HP DV9000 laptop - does everything i need and I'm really pleased with it, BUT (always a but!), its a little too big and bulky - i'm really wanting something small, portable, light etc.

I'm thinking of a 2nd hand Mac Laptop - mainly due to portability - but just want to clarify something before I decide on Mac or PC laptops.

The smaller Mac laptops (10"-13"), can they be used 'on lap' as such as all Laptops I've had before use fans under them to remove heat and I find it really inconvenient having to use a board or something to sit the laptop on.

For some reason, I have it in my head that the Mac Laptops can be sat on a lap without a board underneath?

Also, what would you recommend for the following spec:-

* Needs to be small (not got a definate size, very max 15") - what would you recommend - PC or Mac? (I've had a Mac before and really liked OSX etc)

* Will be used for browsing, web design (more programming than graphical) and word processing.

* Main thing is I can carry it around easily in a slip case or something and use it pretty much anywhere.

* Obviously best price?!

Thanks for any help!
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
My Mac laptop is currently burning a rectangular hole in my legs. Wouldn't change it for anything though!
#2
asus?
#3
rose_cat_jr
My Mac laptop is currently burning a rectangular hole in my legs. Wouldn't change it for anything though!


:) Is that 'safe' though - i.e. is it just getting 'hot' or are you blocking any fans that are under the laptop.

I want something without the hassle of having to carry around a tray or board etc and one I can just set up and use wherever I want - or out and about etc.

Keep the legs warm in winter though! :-D
#4
GIJimmy
asus?


What do you mean? Asus do good small laptops?
#5
yeah. they do a 7 inch and a 9 inch. only about £300 as well so you could have a few instead of a mac!
#6
rose_cat_jr
My Mac laptop is currently burning a rectangular hole in my legs. Wouldn't change it for anything though!


lol same! Macbooks are really nice and you get the bonus of people going "omgggg that's soooo nice" when they see it :-D
#7
Asus Eeepc. Thats a really small laptop that runs windows xp or linux.
#8
GIJimmy
yeah. they do a 7 inch and a 9 inch. only about £300 as well so you could have a few instead of a mac!


LOL, I suppose so! I'll check them out thanks...

Still looking for answers re the Mac tho...
#10
pboreham
:) Is that 'safe' though - i.e. is it just getting 'hot' or are you blocking any fans that are under the laptop.

I want something without the hassle of having to carry around a tray or board etc and one I can just set up and use wherever I want - or out and about etc.

Keep the legs warm in winter though! :-D


No, it's not blocking the fans, the fan is in the hinge area. Just gets mighty hot.
#11


Cheers, they are pretty cool - but I do need it to be able to do web programming on, FTPing, MYSQL work etc.

Nothing heavy duty like Photoshop or Flash, but I dont think those laptops could handle it.

Looking to see if I can get a balance of portability and power. The options are endless and I'm spinning around trying to get info...
#12
pboreham
Cheers, they are pretty cool - but I do need it to be able to do web programming on, FTPing, MYSQL work etc.

Nothing heavy duty like Photoshop or Flash, but I dont think those laptops could handle it.


Writing text and FTPing isn't going to tax the 630Mhz pentium M in an eee, certainly it runs the bundled open office with no problem.

I just got my eee 4g yesterday, paid £220 for it from bennetts and I've typed this post on it sitting in the garden - the machine is warm but the sunshine here is much hotter!
#13
EndlessWaves
Writing text and FTPing isn't going to tax the 630Mhz pentium M in an eee, certainly it runs the bundled open office with no problem.

I just got my eee 4g yesterday, paid £220 for it from bennetts and I've typed this post on it sitting in the garden - the machine is warm but the sunshine here is much hotter!


Yea, I suppose - has it got any multimedia features - like playing MP3s (iTunes equivalent) and video player? I think VLC runs in Linux, but not sure...
#14
pboreham;2126179
Yea, I suppose - has it got any multimedia features - like playing MP3s (iTunes equivalent) and video player? I think VLC runs in Linux, but not sure...


The default Linux can be changed to a more advanced Linux which has all sorts of options; however, there is no optical drive.

VLC runs fine on it.

I've installed XP on it using a cut down version and it's pretty nippy - great when out and about.

Take a look over at EEEUser for plenty of advice and help.

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#15
yimmie
you get the bonus of people going "omgggg that's soooo nice" when they see it :-D


This about the same response you will get from all Apple owners. More money than sense, its all about what everyone else thinks and not what benefits themselves.
#16
pboreham
Yea, I suppose - has it got any multimedia features - like playing MP3s (iTunes equivalent) and video player? I think VLC runs in Linux, but not sure...


Oh yes, it's a full PC rather than a toy. I haven't tried it with full screen video but certainly the feed from the webcam and the included 3d penguin racer game have no trouble. Music is fine and the speakers are good quality. The only issue with music and video is that the included storage is rather small, but you can supplement it with an SD card and USB sticks - and it should be easy enough to plug in an MP3 player and play the music on that through the eee's speakers.

Having spent lots of time on it today I can say that the screen on mine is a bit on the small side (getting back to a bigger screen is nice) so if money isn't an issue I'd go for the new version with the bigger screen.

I found the keyboard to be fine, some of the keys are rearranged (i kept pressing one number higher than I meant because the ¬ key is missing and the numbers are shifted left) but that's something it should be easy to get used to - I didn't find the small size an issue at all.
#17
Dell M1330? I've been looking at getting one of these for a while, just haven't found that clincher price.
#18
Thanks guys - think it is betweeen:-

HP 2133 - Looks excellent, 160gb HD, runs Vista, 2gb Memory. Have to import that spec tho, so risk of import Duty on top of around £430.

EEE 9000 - Worried about the power for what I need and the fact it doesnt run Windows + lack of storage.

M1330 - Like the person above, looking for the best price.

Mid range 13" MacBook - again, trying to find a good price, but maybe too big for my needs.

Thanks for all your help thus far! Keep it coming :)
#19
Been reading alot about the EEE 900 this morning and can anyone who has one answer the following please:-

* Did you get the larger capacity Linux version and install XP on it - if so, was it easy etc?

* Silly question, but do you find the 16gb of storage a problem. I will be installing (after XP), Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, maybe iTunes - but I do have to download files etc for my work, but I suppose they can be transferred straight off to flash memory?

* Aside the 4gb + 16gb onboard, what size flash can be added to that - and what sort of cost is the extra.

* Can you upgrade the 1gb memory to 2gb?

Thanks for any help!
#20
MoneySavingG
Dell M1330? I've been looking at getting one of these for a while, just haven't found that clincher price.


Have a look at Dell Outlet as they're running the free delivery and £55 off deal at the moment. I got mine a couple of weeks ago and I love it, mine has 160GB HDD, 8400 graphics, 2.0GHz Core2duo and the LED screen for £550 delivered when they were only doing the free delivery deal. I absolutely love it, it's really nippy, the screen is fantastic to watch things on, the speakers are great on it and I'd heartily recommend it to anyone!
#21
pboreham;2130356
Been reading alot about the EEE 900 this morning and can anyone who has one answer the following please:-

* Did you get the larger capacity Linux version and install XP on it - if so, was it easy etc?


I haven't done this on the 900 series but it is straightforward - follow the info over at EEEUser.com It works very well on the 701.
pboreham;2130356
* Silly question, but do you find the 16gb of storage a problem. I will be installing (after XP), Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, maybe iTunes - but I do have to download files etc for my work, but I suppose they can be transferred straight off to flash memory?

If you plan on using all of these, I'd go with something like the Dell 1350 - the EEE really isn't up to this in my experience. Great for browsing, web page editing using metapad / other text based editor etc. Not really for iTunes I believe.

I've installed OpenOffice and it's fine for general use.
pboreham;2130356
* Aside the 4gb + 16gb onboard, what size flash can be added to that - and what sort of cost is the extra.


You can use USB sticks - 16GB for about £20 - or you can use HCSD cards at about £15 for 4GB. Remember, prices are dropping all the time.
pboreham;2130356
* Can you upgrade the 1gb memory to 2gb?
Yes - Crucial do the pgrade for about £25 - others will have it cheaper.
pboreham;2130356
Thanks for any help!


Hope it was some help!

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#22
When is the new EEE PC expected to come out?

Ive been looking at the EEE 900 for the last week and keep going to buy one but then I read about the new version coming out soon so was wondering is it coming out in the next month or so? Or should I just bite the bullet and get the 900 now!
#23
Thanks for everybodies help.

I was in town today and our local store is an ASUS retailer and had a 900 on display. I couldnt help myself!!!!

I've been using it now for a few hours and agree with other comments on this post - it is a superb piece of kit. I've left Linux on for now (but will be putting XP on), but it is fast, responsive and although I was worried about the screen size, I neednt had as the display is excellent for web browsing etc.

The touch pad is responsive and the 2 finger gestures work well. Apparantly, there are more gestures (inc 3 finger ones) once XP is installed.

I think I will put a 2gb stick in it and get an external DVD drive, but even as it is, I can definately recommend it.

Thanks everyone for their comments and if anyone has any question about thinking of getting the 900, then please let me know!
#24
nerner
When is the new EEE PC expected to come out?


The 900 is the new one.
#25
EndlessWaves
The 900 is the new one.


There is a 901 version due out in June that will add Bluetooth amongst other things...
#26
pboreham;2133082
There is a 901 version due out in June that will add Bluetooth amongst other things...


Plus a different processor that uses less power so the battery lasts longer.

What battery rating is in yours?

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#27
not sure, but I'm guessing its the lower - the 900 is just installing XP now off a flash drive (so far, so good!), so once thats done, I'll have a look...
#28
pboreham;2133565
not sure, but I'm guessing its the lower - the 900 is just installing XP now off a flash drive (so far, so good!), so once thats done, I'll have a look...


Maybe too late, but have you nLited the installation of XP>

I got mine down to 280MB or so; a total of 900MB when fully updated and everything installed that I wanted.

Hope you are happy with it!

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#29
Diodorus-siculus
Maybe too late, but have you nLited the installation of XP>

I got mine down to 280MB or so; a total of 900MB when fully updated and everything installed that I wanted.

Hope you are happy with it!

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Nah, just did a standard - read so many nLite horror stories and i havent got the time to muck around too much. I'm gonna get the standard one stable, then look at removing what I dont need.

Actually had a problem on the install so I am reinstalling - getting the common hal.dll error.

I cannot find a definate answer anywhere, but do you format the D: drive on install too? I've removed all the partitions from the C drive before install, but when I format a new C partition, it always makes a new 8mb partition which I cannot remove.

Anyway, trying again and got my fingers crossed!!!!
#30
pboreham;2134822
Nah, just did a standard - read so many nLite horror stories and i havent got the time to muck around too much. I'm gonna get the standard one stable, then look at removing what I dont need.

Actually had a problem on the install so I am reinstalling - getting the common hal.dll error.

I cannot find a definate answer anywhere, but do you format the D: drive on install too? I've removed all the partitions from the C drive before install, but when I format a new C partition, it always makes a new 8mb partition which I cannot remove.

Anyway, trying again and got my fingers crossed!!!!


I used the nLite guide from here and modified it to add a few components I wanted and remove a few others.

I removed all partitions and formatted the drive; as you say, you end up with that 8MB partition but I've never found a way around it.

Good luck with the reinstall.

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#31
Diodorus-siculus
Plus a different processor that uses less power so the battery lasts longer.


Is it expected to be the same price?
Do you reckon its worth waiting for the 901 because i'm in no rush for one! It's just I want one now! LOL :p
#32
nerner
Is it expected to be the same price?
Do you reckon its worth waiting for the 901 because i'm in no rush for one! It's just I want one now! LOL :p


Total guess that it would be dearer I would have thought - as thats the way it goes!

Also, there is ALWAYS something better around the corner and if you wait and wait, then you'd never get anything! I say go for it! :thumbsup:
#33
pboreham
Total guess that it would be dearer I would have thought - as thats the way it goes!

Also, there is ALWAYS something better around the corner and if you wait and wait, then you'd never get anything! I say go for it! :thumbsup:


I no i'm always telling people this its just this is something i'm in no rush for! I have £400 for a laptop i'm just taking my time in picking one!
Like i spend £1000 on my home build PC and next month the 8800GT come out! These things happen but if it has bluetooth built i that would kinda steal the deal for me :thumbsup:

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