I need to replace my netbook
May 17, 2012 2:05 AM Subscribe
Help me replace my eee901 netbook. My needs are annoyingly specific.
posted by rhymer to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
For the last four years I’ve had an Asus eee901 which I’ve really liked, but it is now dying. I’ve loved the size and portability and, by putting in a decent 64GB SSD and extra RAM and using Ubuntu, I’ve mitigated the slowness of the N270 Atom chip somewhat. I use it mainly for email, word processing and browsing so I’m not that bothered about the speed, although it would be nice to be able to watch smooth videos. The keyboard I’ve learned to live with. In fact, the only thing that really annoys me is the low resolution of the screen (1024x600).
So, it’s replacement time and, irritatingly, netbooks have barely moved on and don’t come in 8.9 inches any more. My needs are: highly portable, can run Ubuntu, better than 1024x600 screen, can write longish docs on (so no tablets please). I don’t play games and I don’t really want to spend up into Ultrabook territory (yeah, the Asus UX21 is cool and thin, but it has a big footprint and is £750+). I’m thinking a max of about £550. This is not my primary computer. I live in the UK.
So I find myself looking at some very different machines:
One is the Acer Aspire One 522 which has 1280x800 resolution. It has a C-60 processor and again I’d upgrade the RAM and put in an SSD. Here I’m worried that I’m looking at something that is little better than the four year old netbook I’m replacing. I’m also worried that Acer’s build quality isn’t great.
The second is a Lenovo x121e which is 11.6 inches (1366x768) and rather bigger. But it is a fairly serious laptop and far better engineered and specced than the Aspire. It’s pricier too, at about £400, but I’m not really concerned about that. What I am really concerned about is the extra size. I want something I can carry in a smallish bag without really noticing.
A third, outside, consideration is the Asus Transformer Prime. The size of this is fantastic. But I’m very, very unsure of being locked into Android or, if I’m lucky, some iffy future Ubuntu port. Also, I’ve heard that word processing capabilities on it are terrible.
Anyway, if anyone has any experience of these machines or any other suggestions, I’d be very grateful.