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laptop / netbook / tablet suggestion

travelling out of town in 3 weeks, want to bring something with me. i'm cheap and i'm not looking for miracles. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Mar 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Will the new iPad Mini be a good replacement for a netbook?

After 4 years (!!!), my trusty Acer Aspire netbook has finally stopped working. I need to replace it with something, but a comparable netbook nowadays costs about the same as the upcoming retina display iPad Mini (16 GB). I'm attracted to the idea of the Mini, but I don't know if it would fit my needs: 1) accessing and quickly searching through multiple 50-100 page pdfs during meetings and 2) taking meeting notes. (I have a spare bluetooth Apple keyboard I can bring with me for the notetaking, so I would not be stuck using the virtual keyboard.) So, would the new iPad Mini be a good netbook replacement, given what I'll be using it for? [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Oct 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Laptop / Netbook that runs cool and has long battery life

Interested in a Netbook or lower power laptop that runs cool (doesn't require external cooling like this) and has long (6-8 hour) battery life. Would like to run Windows 7 so Chromebook is not a good candidate for me. And of course want to come in around $200. I know there a lot of candidates here but would really appreciate user's real life experience. Thanks.
posted by gilast on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Wifi for Dummies, or I Have a Little Netbook

I have a small netbook (Samsung NC10), running Windows XP, that I very much like for travel. But in some places, it doesn't connect to the internet over wifi. I've never tried to figure out why, or fix it: it's so far always been somewhere I could either skip being connected for a few days or plug directly into a router. But for an upcoming trip I'd like some help with a better plan and some tools and resources. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

oy vey with the gaming

If I buy a newfangled Chrome netbook will my kid be able to use it to play Minecraft? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 31, 2012 - 17 answers

Need to find a store in the US to buy a netbook.

Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Netbooks for the helpless

Help an easily confused person with netbook needs (or do I want a starter ThinkPad?) - some snowflake details inside. Particularly interested in 11" netbooks, but at a huge, giant loss about how to proceed - like, ridiculously helpless here. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Dec 7, 2012 - 21 answers

Chromebook questions

Would the Chromebook be right for me as a writing device? I'm looking to replace my old netbook I use for writing with something more swish and it looks to fit the bill, however I'm not a Google Docs user - how easy is it to transition to from using OpenOffice/Word? How well does the local storage/offline working option work? How easy is it to export Word files and how well does formatting carry over? Is there anything else i need to know?
posted by Artw on Nov 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me pick a netbook

Which netbook/tablet should I get? [more inside]
posted by quietshout on Nov 18, 2012 - 19 answers

What is a good cheap netbook to run SPSS on?

Any recommendations for an inexpensive and highly portable netbook? I want to run the PC version of SPSS on it and take it to my stats class. I will also want to check email, but that's about it. [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Sep 17, 2012 - 5 answers

The rest of the world has moved on to tablets, now I'm looking at netbooks.

Must every 2GB netbook have a glossy screen? Netbook shopping woes. [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean on Sep 1, 2012 - 5 answers

New netbook's display gives me headaches

My netbook is giving me headaches and sometimes migraines. Help me adjust my display? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Aug 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Best device/devices to stream music from a HD to surround sound receiver and read e-books?

I need advice choosing electronic device/s to perform 2 different tasks (e-books and streaming music from an external HD to Surround sound receiver) [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst on Aug 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Acer netbook keyboard and mouse about to die

Acer netbook keyboard and mouse threatening to quit working any minute now. Hoping someone can point me to the right place for assistance before it's too late. [more inside]
posted by she's not there on Jul 22, 2012 - 6 answers

good, cheap, fast....

Looking for a netbook that's great for general web surfing and streaming video. What is there that meets those needs? preferably, sub $400
posted by tylerfulltilt on Jun 18, 2012 - 17 answers

I need to replace my netbook

Help me replace my eee901 netbook. My needs are annoyingly specific. [more inside]
posted by rhymer on May 17, 2012 - 8 answers

smashed my linux netbook, must replace in LasVegas

Emergency laptop purchase in Madison WI or Las Vegas NV. I dropped mine on the hard world. I go to Vegas tomorrow for research. What and where should I buy. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Mar 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Netbook / Ultrabook Recommendations?

I'd like to replace my 2 or 3 year-old Acer 12-inch netbook with something that has more horsepower. But I still want something that's small and light with at least 6 hours of battery life. I also want a netbook or laptop that's sturdy and doesn't get hot or have a loud fan. It looks like the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook meets my needs and it gets very good reviews. Although I'm nervous about it having only a 3-cell battery. I also like the specs for Lenovo's $750 Thinkpad Edge e220s but there are no customer reviews for it on Newegg or Amazon. I'd like your input and to know if I've overlooked any other good choices. I'd rather spend $500 than $800, but I might be willing to pay even more for a truly great machine. [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Mar 27, 2012 - 28 answers

AustinFilter: Need small durable shoulder bag, approximately netbook sized or so.

AustinFilter: Austiners - where can I buy a durable bag for a male, today, that would hold something about the size of a netbook or a little bigger (a standard size notebook/messenger bag is too big) that has a shoulder strap for easy carryin' around? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Mar 14, 2012 - 12 answers

computers don't like to be dropped

Help me find a cheap and bombproof laptop/netbook/tablet [more inside]
posted by soft and hardcore taters on Mar 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Help a n00b buy a harddrive

Recommend me a decent, cheap hard drive for my HP netbook (or at least a reliable site to shop from) [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Feb 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Can I get by with an iPad?

I need a secondary computer. Can that computer be an ipad? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 19, 2012 - 32 answers

Cat Pee OS

A cat peed on my netbook, now it smells like cat pee. What to do about the awful smell? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Feb 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Restore netbook to factory settings

How to restore NB305 netbook to out-of-box state after installing Ubuntu, possibly on the recovery partition? [more inside]
posted by little_c on Dec 27, 2011 - 2 answers

HAL-lite for Mom

What netbook should I buy for my mother who has very limited experience with computers? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Dec 21, 2011 - 33 answers

Flash problems with Chrome/Linux

Problems with my netbook that I don't understand! Linux/Chrome/Flash...details inside. [more inside]
posted by altopower on Dec 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Getting it on with a netbook.

What programs/practices do you advise in setting up my wife's new netbook? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Dec 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Which Netbook should i keep?

NetbookSalefilter: I have two netbooks...A Dell mini Inspiron 910 w/ a solid state HD and Dell Latitude 2100 w/ a SATA hd. I like both and i want to sell one. Which one should i keep, i cant decide? Opinions Please.
posted by flipmiester99 on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Durable and cheap netbook?

Best netbook under $200? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Oct 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Netbook for in-car entertainment

How can I turn my netbook into an in-car entertainment center? What software should I use, and what peripherals would make sense in an in-car setting? [more inside]
posted by mdavis1982 on Sep 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Should I get a Thinkpad x120e or do I want something else?

I want a small, lightweight, Windows-based computer that's cheap, durable, and a pleasure to use. I need it for basic productivity, in-class note-taking, and web browsing. Am I looking a Thinkpad x120e, or am I missing something crucial? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 5, 2011 - 11 answers

How to increase volume on flights?

How to listen to ipad/iphone/netbook while on noisy flights? [more inside]
posted by derivation on Sep 1, 2011 - 17 answers

What's the best device for reading and annotating PDFs?

What's the best device for reading and annotating PDFs? I'm trying to decide between a tablet pc (maybe the Lenovo X220T), a netbook fitted with a PixelQi screen, an Entourage Edge, an OLPC, or some sort of e-reader. Any other suggestions, are of course, welcome. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Aug 1, 2011 - 14 answers

The Chrome has me all Googley-eyed

Does an elementary school student need more than the cloud? The hand-me-down laptop that my 7 year old daughter has been using to do homework and online lessons on has bit the dust. I'm all google-y eyed (pun intended) about a Chrome book as a replacement... but does it make sense? [more inside]
posted by tdischino on Jul 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Linux Netbook Happiness?

Linux netbook filter: So, I'm looking for a fairly inexpensive Linux netbook - mostly to websurf and do some light data-processing. I've looked around and the ZaReason, Inc. Teo Pro looks good for the price point. Do you agree? What upgrades seem worth the price? [more inside]
posted by driley on Jul 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Change or stay the same? The future of very personal computing

I have a well aged Dell e1505. I'm thinking about upgrading to a 11.6"/12.1" sized AMD Fusion based netbook. Performance-wise, will I suffer a setback, be about equal, or ahead of my Dell? [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie on Jul 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Netbook indecision crisis!

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? [more inside]
posted by equivocator on Jul 10, 2011 - 26 answers

What sort of device do I need to do in-home, online medical charting?

I guess all hospices will be required to use computer charting only this fall. Now I need a netbook? Laptop? Ipad? I'm obviously clueless about these things and have spent all morning trying to research to no avail.... [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun on Jul 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Breathe New Life Into An Eee 900

Just acquired an old EeePC 900. My first thought was to play around with Meego on it, but Meego requires a 901. What would be something fun or quirky that I could do with this old hunk of white plastic?
posted by drleary on Jun 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Give me the biggest, most portable, and cheapest thing you have

What would work as a portable device for my dad with aging eyesight to check email and browse the web? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap on Jun 13, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I hide a computer when I’m not using it?

How do I hide a computer when I’m not using it? I want to use a PC in the living area of my house but not leave electronics in plain sight. [more inside]
posted by coondognd on Apr 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Looking for a tablet for video, word and and pdfs. Not an iPad.

Looking for a tablet-like media device that plays ripped DVDs, and easily saves and views PDFs and Word docs to take with me travelling. Fitting in a small carry bag would be great as well. Difficulty: Not an iPad. [more inside]
posted by evadery on Apr 26, 2011 - 26 answers

Internet-Notebook Computar

What is the lightest-weight netbook released in the past twelve months? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Apr 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Help! I'm scared of the dark!! Dark screen that is.

It's all gone dark here....My Acer Aspire One AOD150 is just out of warranty and the screen will not wake up from sleep. I'm out of tricks and wondering if it's just time to buy a new lappy. [more inside]
posted by teleri025 on Apr 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Snap-on shell case for MSI U230?

Snap-on shell case for MSI U230? [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Apr 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Ubuntu on netbooks

Asking for a friend: "Netbook-ubuntu-linux-dual boot-newbie question: recently purchased a Toshiba NB310 netbook. Please recommend me a version of ubuntu to install." [more inside]
posted by oracle bone on Mar 31, 2011 - 13 answers

Why doesn't my netbook want to use its entire screen anymore?

My netbook seems to think its monitor is 3/4 its actual size. Wha? [more inside]
posted by Casuistry on Jan 28, 2011 - 8 answers

mmmm...chrome

I need a SEXY laptop. Budget 1000 Euros (but willing to stretch if its worth it) I love chrome, polished metal, glass and the black or white macbooks! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Dec 27, 2010 - 14 answers

Finding the Right Netbook

What's the best netbook for a 17-year-old boy for Christmas? Yes, I know I am an idiot to be asking this at the last minute. [more inside]
posted by Srudolph on Dec 17, 2010 - 9 answers

How to tell if netbook is someone else's bot?

Where can I learn more about how one's laptop can be remotely used by others, specifically pertaining to keystrokes, text saved in the cloud such as in a blogpost draft or yahoo mail or some such with a particular emphasis on means to identify and secure one's work, even if offline? [more inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer on Dec 17, 2010 - 4 answers

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