Perhaps if you mash the keypad with your palms they'll deliver you a dialling wand?
Originally Posted by Andy
I originally had an MSI Wind u100 (same as PC world rebadged Advent 4211) and have recently traded it in for a Samsung NC10. I think the NC10's are the best of the current crop - largely agreed by reviews/press. Main plus points are decent sized keyboard (even for my sausage-like fingers!), nice build quality and fantastic battery life.
Whilst I love it for general web browsing, emailing etc.. it's not ideal for a serious session of matched betting. screen size is the main issue - resolution is only 800x600 - most noticeably is that Betfair and a few other bookie websites don't scale too well to this resolution. You wouldn't want to plough through lots of sites and events looking for decent matches on these things.
Having said that though, it's great for when results have come in on bets and you just want to update your spreadsheet and check balances quickly - nice to do it on the sofa whilst watching TV or in bed of an evening.. also if you couple it up with some sort of mobile broadband it can be handy to check results or place a quick bet whilst out and about. - They're hugely portable and light and coupled with a great battery life taking them out and about is where they really shine. Not like some of the full-sized laptops, which while they have decent screen sizes end up causing serious damage to your shoulder/back after having lugged it round all day! I'm in the habit now of just slinging my NC10 in my bag most of the time when I'm going out anywhere. It's surprising the amount of times that having a laptop in the car glovebox has come in handy!
Anyway, - in conclusion. I'd highly recommend one of these things for general web surfing, mobile usage and the odd results checking/updating records but you'd really start to get frustrated doing a serious lot of work on one of them and it'd be a real pain if it were your only PC for mb'ing.
I've just got an Acer Aspire One, it's great! I wouldn't want to use it all the time as the small screen would be too frustrating, but for checking up, updating stuff and browsing when out and about, it's really good.
have to agree with the comment on the AA1. I have the Linux version and use every day for MB. Only problem I have noticed with 1024 x 600 resolution is occasional problems with betfair but can ussually get round these by using a different view. If you're not comfortable with Linux, go for the Windows version - much less hassle with 3G dongles etc.
I find my Asus useful but not indispensable. Certainly not a substitute for a full size laptop. Obviously the small size means sacrificing a fair amount in the way of performance and usability. But it is a bit too big to fit in a pocket so I still have to carry it in a bag. I use a bag designed to carry an external hard drive which is small and light but still a bag. Interesting to hear that the Samsung NC10 has good battery life - it's crap on my Asus with the supplied battery (see the other thread) and I had to buy a higher capacity one, with the downside that it is larger and heavier. I know that battery life was poor on the Acer Aspire One when it first came out although they may have improved that since - I haven't looked at any reviews recently. If you are just going to use the netbook for a short time when on the move it probably doesn't matter too much but if, like me, you intend to use it for extended periods, battery life is the crucial factor.
Yeah the NC10 battery is insane, they must have found some new energy source and are keeping it quiet or something! I put my Aunties NC10 on over the weekend and ran a virus scan, did maybe a dozen updates, a few other bits and bobs... must have had it on for what 2-3hrs or something without being plugged in and the battery meter was still saying 6hrs left! Insane, highly recommend the NC10.
Also I noticed it was on the Gadget show a few weeks ago as well and again it got top rating there - not exactly the most stringent review process thou!
Mentioning the Asus though, I did get a look at one of those a while back, a mate's dad had one and I was really impressed by it. Quite a bit smaller than the NC10 (sorry no idea what model it was), but the general build quality seemed very good. Don't think I've ever gone with Asus before for computer kit, am thinking of getting a mobo and gfx card from them very soon though.
Years ago when I used to build my own PCs Asus made good quality boards. If I were going for a netbook the NC10 would be top of my list (although I've not seen or tried the little Lenovo's and when I worked for IBM and had a thinkpad they were an amazing machine so they might be good). But moving slightly away from netbooks I just ordered myself a Dell 1555. I used to dislike Dell but I'm told they're good now and this works one I'm typing on now is pretty nice. It would probablt be great if it didn't have all sorts of bloatware installed by the companies IT team.
Yes, looking forward to getting the Asus, should be good fun putting it together, just waitinag for the prices to drop a little bit (it's the new Intel i7 CPU I'm after and they're insanely priced at the moment, £500ish for cpu+mobo ).
I really like the Dell laptop I got my mum for xmas, was a 1525 but have been very impressed with it for the money (around £350 I think). Has maybe a slightly cheap feeling keyboard BUT having said that it does the job very very well indeed, nice keyboard layout/size and keystroke. Quite heavy would be my main gripe, but this was more a desktop replacement than something to be taken all over the place. Also don't particularly love all the extra bloatware software they added to it, but that's by the by really and can be removed of course.
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