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~$600 portable laptop for uni, reccomendations please
B82R3S 
21/7/08 4:30:55 PM
Titan

Im going to get it written off under my dads business but im not after anything expensive.

I was originally thinking of a EEEPC 10" or 9" model but now that they will not be coming with a dual core processor im not so sure.

All it will be running is matlab + windows XP. Accessories wise id like it to be compatible with a docking station of some sort but its not a requirement.

Anyway is there anything small <12" for that kind of budget? The EEEPC 7" looks nice but screen + keyboard are too small and the 4gb limit would kill me.

Ask any questions and i really appriciate your help :)

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Debian Etch | AM2 X2 3800+ | 1GB DDR2 667 | 1.5TB Raid5 (4x500gb) | 1TB of corrupted Data =S

tantryl 
21/7/08 11:49:31 PM
SuperHero
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Just bought a 10" eeePC.

Great for portability, can type at around 70-75wpm where my normal typing speed is around 80-85wpm. Astoundingly speedy with stock components which includes an 80GB HDD, 1GB RAM & the Atom 1.6GHz. Battery life is a handy 4.5-7hrs depending on what you're using it for and how bright it is. Light as hell, comes with a simple handle-free carry slip-zip case and a useful lint-free cloth for cleaning. Comes with XP Home.

Got it for $698 @ jbhifi.

Very happy so far.

Honestly if you look at the 14" cheap models (don't think there are any 12" or 13.3" models that are cheap) you've got to assume a maximum of 2.5hr battery life and a minimum of 2.5kg. Which would just not be good enough for me, I've got a 14" Dell with a 9-cell battery that lasts 5-6 hours that I'll be replacing with the eeePC.

But hey, with a budget of $600 you're not going to get a good notebook, but you can get a good subnotebook (e.g. eeePC).

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index680i and the Wii:

Not worth buying at all - 17/6/07
I am pretty wealthy... I am going to Laybuy the console tomozz :D - 23/4/08
Ill be picking up a Nintendo Wii console tomorrow - 17/7/08

As of this post he owns no Wii.

MrInsaneBuff 
22/7/08 6:21:19 PM
Hero
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Im typing this on my 701 EEE PC. I highly recommend the EEE PC's. Duel core would kill one the best things the eee's have going for them. Serious battery time. The advertised battery times are unlike most notebooks spot on. If the battery says it will last 4.5 hours it does. The reason for this is the CPU. The Atron is the awesome little cpu that could. I wouldnt go compiling high res frames, but for word procesing, mailing, websurfing, watching divx movies, and other general computing task's its a damn fine machine.

I know people who have the MSI Wind which is very similar and they are also very happy with theirs. I got this thing at a steal for $340 bucks incl postage. The 701 is a fantastic little machine for modders as there are a ton of hacks, and tutes on how to slip in even more awesome features to the device. With all the EEE's and from what i understand the Wind as well, its a very simple procedure to swap out the RAM for a 2 gig module. Doing this turns them into little beasts.

The 901, 902, 904, 905, 1000, & 1000H really all have decent hard drive space. Considering their size 80 gig is pretty fusking insane. Plus if you are into it, you can install more yourself. I have a Dell 1725 which is 17" and it has a 160gb drive. It weighs about four times as much as the EEE, and only manages to double the disc space. Batterylife is limited to only about 2 and a bit hours. The EEE is still chugging away 4 hours later.

You really cant go wong with an EEE or a Wind. Stay away from the HP 2133. Its a seriously overpriced POS. Same with the Sony Viao's.

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theblackwhale 
22/7/08 10:14:28 PM
Master

Quote by tantryl
Just bought a 10" eeePC.

Great for portability, can type at around 70-75wpm where my normal typing speed is around 80-85wpm. Astoundingly speedy with stock components which includes an 80GB HDD, 1GB RAM & the Atom 1.6GHz. Battery life is a handy 4.5-7hrs depending on what you're using it for and how bright it is. Light as hell, comes with a simple handle-free carry slip-zip case and a useful lint-free cloth for cleaning. Comes with XP Home.

Got it for $698 @ jbhifi.

Very happy so far.

Honestly if you look at the 14" cheap models (don't think there are any 12" or 13.3" models that are cheap) you've got to assume a maximum of 2.5hr battery life and a minimum of 2.5kg. Which would just not be good enough for me, I've got a 14" Dell with a 9-cell battery that lasts 5-6 hours that I'll be replacing with the eeePC.

But hey, with a budget of $600 you're not going to get a good notebook, but you can get a good subnotebook (e.g. eeePC).



Is the 4.5-7 hrs battery life with the 6 cell battery? If so was it standard or did you have to buy it as an accessory.

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B82R3S 
22/7/08 10:49:31 PM
Titan

Quote by MrInsaneBuff
...Duel core ... The Atron



Lol owned :P nah thanks for advice.

yeah i was leaning towards the eeepc 1000 as asus's build quality with motherboards is top notch and its the only laptop that suits my budget

I have a 17" laptop at my disposal but its too frigging big.

So there are no eee's coming soon that will have a dual core processor? i just remembered that was the word and if so i might aswell wait for it.

how much would a 'normal' 10" laptop cost? just curious lol


Edited by B82R3S: 22/7/2008 10:53:13 PM

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E4400 @ 3.1ghz (388x8 w 1.39v) | P35-DS3 F6| 2 GB DDR 800 | X1950pro 512mb | 250gb | DVR 212
Debian Etch | AM2 X2 3800+ | 1GB DDR2 667 | 1.5TB Raid5 (4x500gb) | 1TB of corrupted Data =S

lunchbox1988 
23/7/08 9:46:46 AM
Guru

Quote by B82R3S
Quote by MrInsaneBuff
...Duel core ... The Atron



Lol owned :P nah thanks for advice.

yeah i was leaning towards the eeepc 1000 as asus's build quality with motherboards is top notch and its the only laptop that suits my budget

I have a 17" laptop at my disposal but its too frigging big.

So there are no eee's coming soon that will have a dual core processor? i just remembered that was the word and if so i might aswell wait for it.

how much would a 'normal' 10" laptop cost? just curious lol


Edited by B82R3S: 22/7/2008 10:53:13 PM



A 10 inch notebook that doesn't have the prefix of EEE will cost you upwards of 1300 dollary doos mate.

They are real fucking expensive.

I would get the 1000H in the EEE range and throw a bigger hard drive in it, in fact I am doing exactly that when my tax refund comes in.

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plebsmacker
I'm taking one of my kids to see it on the off chance that it scars him.


tantryl 
23/7/08 10:55:20 AM
SuperHero
Immortal


Quote by theblackwhale
Is the 4.5-7 hrs battery life with the 6 cell battery? If so was it standard or did you have to buy it as an accessory.



The battery it came with was default, and the times I gave were based on my experience with the notebook not listed specs. I assume it's a 6-cell.

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index680i and the Wii:

Not worth buying at all - 17/6/07
I am pretty wealthy... I am going to Laybuy the console tomozz :D - 23/4/08
Ill be picking up a Nintendo Wii console tomorrow - 17/7/08

As of this post he owns no Wii.

tantryl 
23/7/08 10:57:48 AM
SuperHero
Immortal


Quote by B82R3S
how much would a 'normal' 10" laptop cost? just curious lol



Here's Sony's range of small notebooks: http://ht.com.au/N/Computers-Notebooks-Sony-111-in/list.hts

The HP Mininotes: http://ht.com.au/N/Computers-Notebooks-89-in/list.hts

Panasonic 10" Toughbooks: http://ht.com.au/N/Computers-Notebooks-104-in/list.hts

And various brands of 12" notebook: http://ht.com.au/N/Computers-Notebooks-121-in/list.hts

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index680i and the Wii:

Not worth buying at all - 17/6/07
I am pretty wealthy... I am going to Laybuy the console tomozz :D - 23/4/08
Ill be picking up a Nintendo Wii console tomorrow - 17/7/08

As of this post he owns no Wii.

B82R3S 
23/7/08 9:01:00 PM
Titan

Can i buy it from JB Hifi without xp for less? CBF with home

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E4400 @ 3.1ghz (388x8 w 1.39v) | P35-DS3 F6| 2 GB DDR 800 | X1950pro 512mb | 250gb | DVR 212
Debian Etch | AM2 X2 3800+ | 1GB DDR2 667 | 1.5TB Raid5 (4x500gb) | 1TB of corrupted Data =S

tantryl 
23/7/08 10:51:46 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


No.

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index680i and the Wii:

Not worth buying at all - 17/6/07
I am pretty wealthy... I am going to Laybuy the console tomozz :D - 23/4/08
Ill be picking up a Nintendo Wii console tomorrow - 17/7/08

As of this post he owns no Wii.

superfireydave 
24/7/08 1:43:52 AM
Titan

Quote by B82R3S
Can i buy it from JB Hifi without xp for less? CBF with home


Why buy it without XP, if it'll be using XP as said in the OP?
=|
Cheaper to buy with it.

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B82R3S 
24/7/08 7:47:24 AM
Titan

Ive never used XP home but ive been told its cut down and gimped for networking so first thing ill do is put XP pro on there.

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E4400 @ 3.1ghz (388x8 w 1.39v) | P35-DS3 F6| 2 GB DDR 800 | X1950pro 512mb | 250gb | DVR 212
Debian Etch | AM2 X2 3800+ | 1GB DDR2 667 | 1.5TB Raid5 (4x500gb) | 1TB of corrupted Data =S

tantryl 
24/7/08 11:21:56 AM
SuperHero
Immortal


Whoever told you that is what we in the business refer to as "a cut down gimp".

Pro is only necessary if you're connecting to a domain.

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index680i and the Wii:

Not worth buying at all - 17/6/07
I am pretty wealthy... I am going to Laybuy the console tomozz :D - 23/4/08
Ill be picking up a Nintendo Wii console tomorrow - 17/7/08

As of this post he owns no Wii.

B82R3S 
24/7/08 1:28:17 PM
Titan

uni has some retarded networking system so ill see how it goes.

How does the keyboard feel? one review said it felt a bit rickety, ill play with the laptop at JB this arvo tho :D

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E4400 @ 3.1ghz (388x8 w 1.39v) | P35-DS3 F6| 2 GB DDR 800 | X1950pro 512mb | 250gb | DVR 212
Debian Etch | AM2 X2 3800+ | 1GB DDR2 667 | 1.5TB Raid5 (4x500gb) | 1TB of corrupted Data =S

B82R3S 
24/7/08 1:29:25 PM
Titan

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_home_pro.asp

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E4400 @ 3.1ghz (388x8 w 1.39v) | P35-DS3 F6| 2 GB DDR 800 | X1950pro 512mb | 250gb | DVR 212
Debian Etch | AM2 X2 3800+ | 1GB DDR2 667 | 1.5TB Raid5 (4x500gb) | 1TB of corrupted Data =S

tantryl 
24/7/08 1:38:26 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


Quote by B82R3S
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_home_pro.asp



I'm well aware of the differences.

Want to explain which one you think you'll need?

I can Guaran-damn-tee you the Uni won't require Pro.

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index680i and the Wii:

Not worth buying at all - 17/6/07
I am pretty wealthy... I am going to Laybuy the console tomozz :D - 23/4/08
Ill be picking up a Nintendo Wii console tomorrow - 17/7/08

As of this post he owns no Wii.

MrInsaneBuff 
24/7/08 2:19:04 PM
Hero
Immortal


Im running XP home on it. TBH unless you are doing some serious stuff with profiles, and are running a business which requires system mainatance. I wouldnt bother. From memory there has only ever been one thing i wasnt able to do with Home that i would have been able to with Pro.

It had to do with profile management and was just so i could make the machine hyper resistant to hacking attempts. If memory continues to serve what i wanted to do was taken care of with Zone Alarm. Other than that the only negative with XP home is that its a little bloated, but nlite will trip the fat real easy.

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Well. Id love to stay...But you bore me.

fabercastell3 
24/7/08 3:43:22 PM
Guru

there'll be a dual core Atom coming soon at 8W TDP which is sickly tempting, I wonder if they made a quad core out of it. That'd be sweet for servers and the like.

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lunchbox1988 
24/7/08 5:04:04 PM
Guru

I am running Pro on mine, only because work has licenses to allow it.

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AL Gore; Finally, I get to save the Earth with deadly lasers instead of deadly slideshows!



plebsmacker
I'm taking one of my kids to see it on the off chance that it scars him.


B82R3S 
25/7/08 5:44:25 PM
Titan

ive got a oem liscence from my dads laptop


He bought vista and put that on it, so i dont feel bad about using his oem one. so suck it :P

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E4400 @ 3.1ghz (388x8 w 1.39v) | P35-DS3 F6| 2 GB DDR 800 | X1950pro 512mb | 250gb | DVR 212
Debian Etch | AM2 X2 3800+ | 1GB DDR2 667 | 1.5TB Raid5 (4x500gb) | 1TB of corrupted Data =S

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