lonleyppl wrote:I don't have anything specific to recommend (I lied, see edits at bottom), but the new Fusion APU processors from AMD are highly recommended. They have much better graphics than the Intel IGP and while their processor isn't comparable to a full x86 core it's a huge improvement from an Atom. I think the model number to look for is the E350. It's a dual core clocked at 1.6GHz with the Radeon 6310 graphics core.
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopp ... m1z_series
I know that's a bit out of what you were looking to spend, but it's a nice looking system, already comes with Home Premium, has 2GiB of RAM, an 11.6" screen and has an HDMI port (not sure if that's needed, but it is a nice extra that the AMD platform has).
lonleyppl wrote:EDIT: This is interesting. It's a system from Toshiba with a 15.6" screen, and the single core Fusion chip clocked at 1.5GHz. Other than that it's the same as the HP. http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/9 ... -Computer/ (Edit #3, the system is $50 cheaper on Office Depot. Puts it easily in your range).
Think my two choices are:
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-CT25664BC ... pd_cp_pc_3
To bump it up to 2GB RAM
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1015T-MU17-B ... =de_a_smtd
Based on what it's going to be used for, I may go for the first option.
imtheunknown176 wrote:How about something like this? It checks off all of your boxes except for price and battery life. I am actually surprised that battery life is listed at five hours since the other, Intel based Acer 11.6" laptops all get eight hour specs on what I presume is the same six cell battery. As far as price, it comes with Vista home premium, 2gb of ram and has a higher resolution which is a big plus for internet browsing. Personally, I would never use a netbook when I can get an equivalently sized laptop for almost the same price. FWIW, I have an older Acer 11.6" laptop and I wouldn't think twice about recommending it.
imtheunknown176 wrote:Have you considered getting a tablet if it is just for internet? Granted I have no opinions on those and I don't even know if a good one exists at your price point (probably not).
ludi wrote:The first one would be my choice, too. The second unit appears to be using an Athlon Neo processor, which is (roughly) on par with the Atom N455 but offers less battery life. The first unit hits most of the features you were shopping for, at the best price.
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