Techie help / advice needed

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Found 14th Jul 2010
My gf is after a netbook for using Skype to talk to people & internet browsing whilst travelling. This isnt really my area of expertise, so I had a quick look through the current deals on here and came up with the following deals, which do you think would be best for purpose:

see first post for links

Any advice would be much appreciated

thanks in advance

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I ain't up to spec with the latest gear or anything, but there are plenty on here who are.

My tip would be to make all your urls proper clickable links in your second post to assist others in looking at your options more easily.

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moob

I ain't up to spec with the latest gear or anything, but there are plenty … I ain't up to spec with the latest gear or anything, but there are plenty on here who are.My tip would be to make all your urls proper clickable links in your second post to assist others in looking at your options more easily.



dont know how to do that

It depends on the sort of travelling she's doing, I suppose. I don't know what's best for her, but things to consider are:

Weight and size (neither are really a concern if she's carrying it in a wheeled bag, although they willl be if she's carrying it in a rucksack)
Durability (an SSD is really good at this point - less storage space, but SSD will survive a fall or rough handling where a mechanical drive will just click click and BSOD)
Built-in mic and webcam
Battery life (although this isn't an issue if she's going to be mostly near a mains)
3G card slot
Screen size
Screen brightness (especially if she plans to use it outdoors)
Cost

Me, I go travelling quite often around the UK with a laptop. I use an Acer Aspire A110, and it's very good for my needs. It's small and light enough that the amount of bagspace it consumes and bagweight it adds is negligible in comparison to my clothes and shizzle, it's powerful enough to play movies and TV shows for the train journey, it's got tough hinges and it features an SSD making it drunken dxx-proof, it has a 3G SIM slot although I never use it, it does all the WiFi stuff and everything, and its built-in webcam and mic make it usable for Skype. It was quite cheap too, so I don't care much if it gets stolen. The only gripes I have with it are that the trackpad's buttons are badly laid out, the screen is pointlessly small (there's a huge bezel around it that there totally needn't be), and it's ass-slow to load anything. I'd like for it to be thinner and lighter too, and with a smaller PSU.

Out of that list though, the Celeron 743 system was the one that interested me a few days ago. I decided against it, though. I'd have a look through, weighing up the pro's and con's from a travelling perspective rather than the performance perspective. And definitely tryand get her down to a PC World where she can touch and feel the systems.

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dcx_badass

Stick the links in between this:[url ] [/url ]so [url ] linky [/url ]With … Stick the links in between this:[url ] [/url ]so [url ] linky [/url ]With no spaces, and that's the reason I've not replied, not copy and pasting them all.



thanks

Original Poster

dxx

It depends on the sort of travelling she's doing, I suppose. I don't know … It depends on the sort of travelling she's doing, I suppose. I don't know what's best for her, but things to consider are:Weight and size (neither are really a concern if she's carrying it in a wheeled bag, although they willl be if she's carrying it in a rucksack)Durability (an SSD is really good at this point - less storage space, but SSD will survive a fall or rough handling where a mechanical drive will just click click and BSOD) Built-in mic and webcamBattery life (although this isn't an issue if she's going to be mostly near a mains)3G card slotScreen sizeScreen brightness (especially if she plans to use it outdoors)Cost Me, I go travelling quite often around the UK with a laptop. I use an Acer Aspire A110, and it's very good for my needs. It's small and light enough that the amount of bagspace it consumes and bagweight it adds is negligible in comparison to my clothes and shizzle, it's powerful enough to play movies and TV shows for the train journey, it's got tough hinges and it features an SSD making it drunken dxx-proof, it has a 3G SIM slot although I never use it, it does all the WiFi stuff and everything, and its built-in webcam and mic make it usable for Skype. It was quite cheap too, so I don't care much if it gets stolen. The only gripes I have with it are that the trackpad's buttons are badly laid out, the screen is pointlessly small (there's a huge bezel around it that there totally needn't be), and it's ass-slow to load anything. I'd like for it to be thinner and lighter too, and with a smaller PSU. Out of that list though, the Celeron 743 system was the one that interested me a few days ago. I decided against it, though. I'd have a look through, weighing up the pro's and con's from a travelling perspective rather than the performance perspective. And definitely tryand get her down to a PC World where she can touch and feel the systems.



yeah I thought about the size requirements and she would be happy with them.

It defo needs a build in webcam and mic (the main requirement will be skype and internet browsing). Does an "integrated webcam" mean that it also has a mic?
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