Help me figure out what specs I need on a netbook with these idiosyncratic demands:
December 15, 2010 4:24 PM Subscribe
Help me figure out what specs I need on a netbook with these idiosyncratic demands, under $400.
posted by anthropomorphic to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am a new law school grad and am in my beginning months as an attorney at a law firm. On Dec. 22, I'll be traveling (for fun) to Morocco for almost two weeks. My personal computer is a two year old Dell Inspiron 1420 that is still running Vista. I really, really don't want to bring it on the trip for fear of it getting ruined or stolen but I also would like a computer in case I need one for work (I can tether my global blackberry if necessary) and for downtimes (on the plane, taking the train between cities), consequently I'd like the best battery life I can get. I'd be carrying it around with me at all times, which is why I want it to be super lightweight and as small as I can get away with.
In reading some forums, I've noticed a few people arguing that a 11.6" netbook won't be much larger than a 10.1" but I haven't found that to be true from looking at the specs. What's that about?
Additionally, when not traveling, I would like to be able to sit the netbook on my TV console, and hook it up occasionally to my 50" 720p plasma tv. I have an enormous quantity of SD .avi that are burned on data DVDrs and not DRMed. (~175MB for 22 min, ~350MB for 40 min, etc.) I do have an external dvdrw that I can hook up to play these discs. I also have a few TBs in external storage that I would like to hook up to the netbook. I want to ensure that I can play these files with VLC on my TV with the netbook. I don't have streaming Netflix. I sometimes stream Hulu. I am never going to game on it. It must be able to run Word. I'd prefer to be able to watch downloaded SD video content on VLC in the background while I edit word documents.
My impression is that I probably don't need HDMI, don't you agree?
Am I'm going to have to put money into a netbook with a more expensive processor to handle what I want to do with it? The problem is that I also want to play .avis on the netbook while traveling, otherwise I'd get a beefier processor and ignore the hit to the battery life. Yes, the international vacation is fleeting, but I also LOVE the idea of throwing the netbook in my bag and taking it around with me on my commute. I think my 14" laptop is ~5lbs and is big and heavy enough that I think hard about taking it with me. I live in a major Texas city without a car = lots of downtime.
I'd also like to keep it under $400, $450 at the MAX but I'd be pretty grumpy about it. Does a netbook for me exist?