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    Thanks for the post. I’ve been thinking about getting one for a few weeks and I’m bouncing back and forth between the HP Mini 1000 MIE and the 1000HE from Asus. Both offer nearly full-sized keyboards, which is something I think will be important. The pros I see with the HP is mainly price, size/weight, and available with linux. The pros of the 1000HE seem to be the battery life, port selection, wireless n, and bigger hdd. The main problems I have with it is the price and heavier weight compared to the HP Mini. If the HP can offer a 6-cell battery for not much increase in price or weight, I’m all about it. Dell seems to be bottoming out the price of the market (especially at $200 on Fri), and I almost pulled the trigger. If it wasn’t for the smallish keyboard, I would have.

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    Tom Trelvik

    Of course, we’d love to see a review from you of whatever you end up picking out.

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    It’s amazing how informative a collection of Twitter responses like this is – thank you! I’d welcome more posts on economical product options.

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    It sounds like most of the negative comments about the 10″ eeePC actually refer to the 7″. “I’ve got a 701, love it but you’ll need a bigger screen,” “But it was the first gen, so who knows,” “I lived off of my EEEpc for about 4 months….left it for a 13″ macbook….never going back,” etc.

    Complaining about the size of a smaller machine doesn’t really mean much in the context of the larger machine.

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    Eric Mueller

    My wife’s 12″ Averatec laptop was slowly dying last year, so I got her the Acer Aspire One from Wal-mart for Christmas. She loves it. Because it lacks an optical drive, she still uses her Averatec to play The Sims, but she really enjoys the Acer. Her 12″ looks huge in comparison.

    The Acer Aspire One is selling for $298 at Wal-mart currently. If I wasn’t waiting until the free upgrade to Windows 7 comes out, I’d grab one for myself, as my 14.1″ Compaq laptop is slowly dying too.

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    After extensive reading, I got the Samsung NC10 recently was really surprised at how good it is. Another year or two from now and we’re all going to think about computing *very* differently–netbooks are an important part of that equation.

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    I’ve had a Fujitsu Lifebook 1610 for almost 2 years. I guess it proceeds netbooks but I’ve used it the same way; the small keyboard takes getting used to for sure. The 1610 is a Tablet so I also use it as an e-book reader. What I _think_ I’d like is the new Sony Vaio P series – but it’s pricey.

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    I’ve wanted a netbook for a while but unfortunately my financial situation precludes me from being able to afford one (being a grad student sucks some times!). Anyway, a netbook is one my list of things to buy once I get out and start making some money so I’d also be interested to see what you choose to buy and why.

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    I quite enjoy my 7″ eee (701, first gen) running xubuntu. Granted, the arrival of my 32gb iPT soured the love affair, for awhile, but I keep returning to the Asus.

    It’s not as portable as the iPod but it has a keyboard. It’s not as long-batt’ried as the MacBook, but it has better wifi (really!) and with the 6-cell, it’s actually close.

    It can’t run multiple OSes (lord I love Fusion), but it does just about everything else, including drive my 22″ monitor at upwards of 1600 by xx resolution. And I can type at about 80% of my max on the leetle keyboard.

    What’s not to love?

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    Jose Gomez

    Hey Gina,
    I heard you the other day on TWIT.I’ve been a fan of LifeHacker for ever and I decided to come take a look. Great site! I have added you to my RSS reader, you are awesome. I like the fact you’ve added Facebook Connect to your blog, I did that myself on my blog its a really cool plugin.

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    Craig Sauer

    I’ve been debating getting a netbook for a while, too. The big difference in my situation vs yours is that I don’t have a laptop. My partner has a MacBook that I can get on in a pinch, but he uses it heavily, so it’s not generally available for my whims.

    If I didn’t have my iPhone, I’d probably already have a netbook. But the iPhone allows me to check emails and surf the web fairly well, so I’m still holding back.

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    I just guess that Netbooks are all about the concept:- it is still possible to squeeze out power from an undersized CPU using a last generation OS without too much thrills. At last, all the models from various manufacturers use the same hardware, the difference being in ergonomics and battery autonomy (the latter is usually the true cons).
    I’m working on my Aspire One to clean up the desktop, minimize installed software (basically no more than the tools coming with XP), select essential portable applications with launcheer(installed either on HD and on USB drive) and maximize web services/cloud applications in order to get the maximum portability (at home, on the go, on a work computer – through USB key – and @internet café) with a consistent interface and set of tools.

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    Great article, and very timely. I wonder if the Eee has a lot of feedback just because it’s been out there longer? I like the Dell.

    I am into Tablets big time and it’s a must for work. Anyone have ideas as to who is offering these in with Windows Tablet version?

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    Since I don’t Twitter, here is my netbook:

    I just bought a Lenovo Ideapad S10, base unit in black, which I got for $310.00 plus tax. I then bought a 1GB Dimm from Crucial for $12.00 plus tax, which I used to upgrade my S10 to 1.5GB of RAM.

    I have installed Arch Linux, OpenBSD, and Vista on it and they all work just fine. The screen, a 10″ LED backlit 1024×600 TFT LCD, looks great and the keyboard, though small, feels very nice.

    If there is one downside to the S10, it is the fan. It turns on and off far too frequently and sometimes it can be annoying, But otherwise I love this little netbook.

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    I am eyeing the asus T101H (introduced at Cebit 09) or an equivalent (gigabyt 1028 etc.) , because of its tactile screen and also it is convertible into a tabletpc-like.

    I think this should be the right tool for taking notes, and sketched and drawing every where you go (meeting, conference etc.) since to me, like the portable pc starts from a fix pc to be its exaustive portable equivalent, netbook starts from the fact that we take them everywhere and they need not be exaustive (no dvd player etc.) and they have what you need to have on the go.

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    My Toshiba Libretto U100 is probably too small to be considered a netbook.

    It’s excellent for short business trips, presentations and mostly, backcountry navigation with Garmin topo maps and a USB GPS puck antenna.

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    I bought an Eee 1000HD as a replacement for an aging (read: dead) Palm T|X for several reasons: I could test the keyboard in the store, it has a small adapter block, and it fits (perfectly!) in the bag I carry my diabetes supplies in. Only one gripe: I would like a way to disable the trackpad when a mouse is plugged in — when I’m typing I tend to brush the trackpad and characters wind up where I don’t want them to go.

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    Update: found new driver on Asus website that has the “disable trackpad when USB mouse present” option. I’m doing a happy dance… [grin]

    I spent about six months doing research and test runs for this purchase — if I could pass along one piece of advice, it would be to try out the keyboard before you make your final decision. I almost bought a smaller netbook — after trying to type on it for a minute or so I crossed that model right off my list.

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    Great post and really attests to the utility of Twitter. We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on our first netbook, the Mini 9, and while this class of computer isn’t optimized for users who are “all thumbs,” we now offer the Mini 12 and Mini 10 for people who prefer a bit more room to maneuver.

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