Best mini-laptop/ netbook?

#1
Hi all,

I am looking to get a mini laptop/ notebook/ netbook or whatever the consensus term is for a small portable laptop.

BTW, No... I'm not some evil fecking barsteward city banker who likes to irritate people by tapping away in Costa Coffee slurping on a decaff latte while calculating their latest massive bonus! It's just that I somtimes need to take a laptop with me for work and study and i don't fancy lugging around a 17 inch laptop with a maximum battery life of 5 minues on standby!

The main players in this market seem to be Asus, Eee, Dell and at a pinch Samsung. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Ta
 
#3
Excellent... many thanks for this msr.

The Samsung is certainly high on my list. I gather the EeePC S101 is the all singing/ all dancing Gucci netbook but it comes at a price. I have also heard Eee PC 1000HE is a goodie?
 
#4
i was in the same boat mate ... i had a herna inducing laptop which i possibly would of cried if it broke or broke my leg! I bought a Samsung NC10 from amazon (300 quid) and for 22 quid got the 2gb upgrade. I think its amazing ... 9 hour battery life, fast, 160gb HHD, wireless, bluetooth etc etc, It comes in 4 colours .. blue, black, white and pink. I got the black one and since have bought my daughter the pink one.
 
#6
Thanks for the recommendations guys! It seems like the Sumsung is way out in the lead!
 
#7
Toshiba NB10 £250 in Staples, weighs about kilo and rocks my boat and fits in my Barber inside pocket
 
#8
Samsung Nc10 voted and carried - i'm using on right now, my main PC is a gi-flippin-normous quad core 3.2Ghz 8gb RAM monster with all the portability of an aircraft carrier in Kandahar. I looked around, got the NC10 and it's bloody brilliant, really good - and if you hav the screen brightness turned down only a little it'll last 6 hours on battery, no problems.

Do it, its the sensible choice!
 

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#9
Anyone know what the difference between the Samsung NC10 and N310 is? They look very different but seem to offer pretty similar specs. I'm assuming the N310 is just a newer model.
 
#10
Well I'd say that about sews it up for the Samsung NC10!

I've just found this review from CNET. Netbook showdown: The top 10 mini laptops rated

In this the Samsung makes a very respectible No 4 in their hit parade but you can't beat personal recommendations!

Cheers
 
#12
Ta for that ... a good price but i think I'll go with the Samsung.

Amazon seems to do the best deal at the moment

Amazon

They do a deal whereby you can get 2GB extra RAM ... Lead_Farmer you went for the memory upgrade option...is that reasonably easy to fit?
 
#15
Im sorry to HiJack this thread.... Im just starting a Diploma Course and I was going to buy a full sized laptop becuae I thought reading and typing on a smaller one would be a pain... is there much diffrerence... will I go blind trying to read text?
 
#17
Thanks again for this msr.. that's interesting. However I'm still leaning towards the NC10. This one looks great but it is starting to creep up towards the top end of my budget. Also I'm not that fussed about having a super high quality media centre on my portable laptop.
 
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#19
Gracie said:
Im sorry to HiJack this thread.... Im just starting a Diploma Course and I was going to buy a full sized laptop becuae I thought reading and typing on a smaller one would be a pain... is there much diffrerence... will I go blind trying to read text?
Not hijacking the thread at all! If you don't mind my asking what's the Diploma course you are doing? (PM me if you prefer) I only ask because I will be doing a Diploma course in September too.

The idea of peering at close set writing on a tiny screen did bother me too but my main concern was portability. Of course in general the larger the screen size the easier it will be to view material on it. But, and I stand to be corrected by any experts here, but I'd have thought the larger (17" plus) screens are mainly intended for media applications.

I have tried using an Eee machine with a 10.1" screen it's pretty good although your eyes may get sore after a few hours ... but then you'd need to take regular breaks in any case!
 
#20
msr said:
The fly in the N120's ointment isn't a Samsung, though, it's Asus' Eee PC 1000HE. For around £330, it comes with a faster chip, longer battery life and 802.11n Wi-Fi, though it's also heavier and the keyboard isn't a match for the N120's.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/03/20/review_netbook_asus_eee_pc_1000he/

msr
Ah ha!! so we are seeing a crack in the Samsung armour! To be honest this one was my initial choice (hence the need for advice). This is the one which came top in the CNET review.

The Samsung NC10 or Eee PC 1000HE :? "Help me Obiwan Kenobi... you're my only hope" :D

Netbook showdown: The top 10 mini laptops rated
 

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