Netbook indecision crisis!
July 10, 2011 9:03 PM Subscribe
Buying a netbook, but can't decide which one. Do you have one you love? One you hate? What's the best way to decide when all of the specs are same-same-but-different?
posted by equivocator to technology (26 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm planning to replace my recently-deceased ThinkPad with a netbook, but have become completely paralyzed with indecision. I have literally spent hours standing in shops, eyeing up my options. Please, please help.
I'll be installing Ubuntu Linux, and I can tweak it a bit, but I don't want to have to work TOO hard to get everything working. It will mainly be used for web browsing, word processing, watching videos, organising a vast collection of mp3s, and some photo editing with the GIMP. I don't play any video-intensive games, and don't edit or encode media.
I'm planning to use this netbook as my sole computer for about 6-8 months, or possibly longer, until I make an international move, get settled, and assemble a desktop. I'm pretty sure I want to go netbook, not notebook--I want the lower price, extra portability, and longer battery life, and don't think I need the extra speed of a full notebook.
I must be able to get this netbook in Australia, preferably from a brick-and-mortar store, because it's sale season. Online ordering is OK too if it's a good deal, but I don't want to wait for months. I would prefer to have an international warranty. My budget is $400 maximum.
tl;dr, but what I need help with is:
- Is there a brand I should trust? A brand I should NOT trust?
- Will I notice the difference doing basic stuff on a dual core processor? And is AMD a good option, or should I stick to Intel?
- Or should I just buy the prettiest one with the nicest keyboard and be done with it?
- Am I making a mistake, here? Should I really be buying a laptop after all?