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    Which netbook to keep

    I have two netbooks at the moment and only really want to keep one, both have positive and negative points and I am struggling with which one to keep. Here are my thoughts on each of them which I am hoping will allow some members to help me decide which one to keep.

    Sony VAIO VGN-P23G/R
    Specs:
    Processor: Intel Atom Z530 / 1.60GHz
    Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500
    Display: 8” / 1600x768
    Memory (RAM): 1GB
    Hard drive: 80GB
    OS: Windows XP Home

    Positives:
    - Small and light
    - Runs Windows XP
    - Large hard drive
    - Can run all my programs
    - I can use my 3G internet stick on it.

    Negatives:
    - Windows issues (viruses, spy ware. etc)
    - Can't use an external screen (no VGA output and USB -> VGA adaptor didn't work well)
    - Screen is very wide and not easy to use for long periods of time.
    - Keyboard not the best for typing on.
    - Nibble hard to use, I prefer a touch pad.
    - No audio input.

    ASUS EEE 701
    Specs:
    CPU type Celeron-M
    CPU speed 900 Mhz
    Graphics Intel GMA 900
    OS Linux
    Display Size 7" 800 X 480
    RAM 512 MB
    Flash 3.9 GB
    Battery Life (tested) 3.4 - 4.1 hours
    Weight 920gm
    Size (w/h/d mm) 225/165/35 mm

    Positives:
    - Small and light
    - Runs Linux with a fast boot time and easy restore.
    - Has a VGA output
    - Has Open office and runs my database software well.
    - Music player works very well.

    Negatives:
    - Can't use the internet (does not support my 3G internet stick)
    - Linux OS so I can't run some programs I want to.
    - Limited storage space (which I get around by using a large SD card)


    As you can see both have positive and negative points, I have used both for period of time and each has some benefits but not enough to easily tip it one way or the other.

    Paul

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    Depends what you want to use it for....seems the Asus has less negatives, but no net access is the big drawback if that is one of your main requirements?

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    Purely on the massively better hardware specs I would keep the Toshiba. The increase in performance would outweigh the negatives of it. You could clean the viruses and spyware by rebuilding Windows on it too.

    You could also look into the possibilities of an external mouse.

    FWIW - these things aren't really meant to replace a laptop or a desktop, they're designed for web surfing and email while you're out and about. The better performance of the Toshi means it can double as something a little more usable in a pinch, plus much more compatible with other accessories than the eeepc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    Depends what you want to use it for....seems the Asus has less negatives, but no net access is the big drawback if that is one of your main requirements?
    Yes the ASUS is the one I am using at the moment but the lack of net access is a problem where as the lack of an external screen is a problem with the Sony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselpower View Post
    Purely on the massively better hardware specs I would keep the Toshiba. The increase in performance would outweigh the negatives of it. You could clean the viruses and spyware by rebuilding Windows on it too.

    You could also look into the possibilities of an external mouse.

    FWIW - these things aren't really meant to replace a laptop or a desktop, they're designed for web surfing and email while you're out and about. The better performance of the Toshi means it can double as something a little more usable in a pinch, plus much more compatible with other accessories than the eeepc.
    Yes the Sony has much better specs and runs XP which supports all my software and I can use the internet with my 3G stick, I use an external keyboard and mouse at home but I am finding myself suing it more and more in the car where I can't use the mouse.

    I have a full size laptop from work which I take home most nights so worse comes to worse I can use that some times. My main use is word and excel file access and updating my portabase database many times a day.

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    You could sell both and get a new one. I use a HP Mini 2140. Screen res sucks, but it has external VGA port, good sized keyboard (92% of full size, I can type fine on it at 80wpm+), touch pad, wireless built in and card slots.

    It runs Windows 7 no problem at all, and hence all Windows software.

    This model is discontinued but there's a good range of models from HP, and I'm sure you could find what you need in other models too. Maybe something to consider as an option?

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    Sell both and get a new lens
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselpower View Post
    You could sell both and get a new one. I use a HP Mini 2140. Screen res sucks, but it has external VGA port, good sized keyboard (92% of full size, I can type fine on it at 80wpm+), touch pad, wireless built in and card slots.

    It runs Windows 7 no problem at all, and hence all Windows software.

    This model is discontinued but there's a good range of models from HP, and I'm sure you could find what you need in other models too. Maybe something to consider as an option?
    Yeah not a bad idea, I might have a look over Easter and see what I can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    Sell both and get a new lens
    Why???

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    wrong answer. the question should be why not

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    Paul, sell both at a bargain price, figure out which one you miss the most at the end of a month and go and buy it again.
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    i just snorted coffeee through my nose

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    Install WinXP onto the Asus. You'd only have the lack of space as the remaining negative, which you've said you can negate by using a larger SD card anyway.


    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    Sell both and get a new lens
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    Paul, you work in IT. How come you couldn't work out which one you needed based on specs before you bought either of them? Sorry, but this thread just makes me shake my head.
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    Its really no different to lens selection with a lot of members here, not one lens is ideal - how many people on here have bought both only to sell one, or sold one to buy the other, and who knows, maybe swapped back again?

    I know I was looking at a netbook only to buy a full size Toshiba laptop, which I love, but I've found I don't tend to take it out of the house as much, so intend buying a netbook too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by abitfishy View Post
    Its really no different to lens selection with a lot of members here, not one lens is ideal - how many people on here have bought both only to sell one, or sold one to buy the other, and who knows, maybe swapped back again?

    I know I was looking at a netbook only to buy a full size Toshiba laptop, which I love, but I've found I don't tend to take it out of the house as much, so intend buying a netbook too!
    Yes the issue came about in that I purchased the Sony but then found that it was not suitable for what I was going to go so I grabbed the ASUS EEE and was planing on putting Windows XP on it but found that it was too slow as the CPU was "under clocked"

    Now the Sony has been sold, the ASUS EEE is still for sale and I am going to wait a while and see what I replace them with, either a full size laptop or a desktop.

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    easy as...

    get rid of the linux, on the EEE PC, i have some floppy discs at home with Windows 3.11 so you wont have any virus issues, but then you wont be able to run any thing... oooo othat would be the same then... but the install is only 16 mb... so you will have plenty of space left

    the question you have to ask yourself is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clubmanmc View Post
    easy as...

    get rid of the linux, on the EEE PC, i have some floppy discs at home with Windows 3.11 so you wont have any virus issues, but then you wont be able to run any thing... oooo othat would be the same then... but the install is only 16 mb... so you will have plenty of space left

    the question you have to ask yourself is...

    fitness for purpose... and WE cannot answer that for you based on our criteria...

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    Yes I am thinking of using the ASUS EEE just for viewing and getting a proper desktop / laptop for editing.

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    re-install windows and/or dual boot from linux if you want, solves your S/O issues.. PS: you can put linux on the windows one and windows on the linux one
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    also.. for long term use a bigger screen is a huge advantage.. i have both bigger screen laptop and a small netbook. the netbook was great for holidaying and compactness (even installed photoshop, lightroom no issues!!) but it's painful to use longterm because of the small screen & keyboard.. the larger screened laptop i've got is fantastic just like a PC but portable

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