10/11 inch netbook

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  1. Road Runner

    Road Runner Read Only Funster

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    Going to buy one today, want large battery time main thing.

    Where best place to buy.

    Comet/PC world and so on....

    Advice needed

    Spend up to £300:cry::cry:
     
  2. gozomike

    gozomike Funster Life Member Life Member

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    I looked at them in PCWorld and then ordered from Amazon. Same price but no sales people pushing for add ons.:RollEyes:

    This one is an Acer 11 inch 4gb Ram, 500Gb HD. I just had to get rid of the supplied Mcaffe anti virus and install Microsoft Security Essentials for free.:thumb:

    Mike
     
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  3. Gromett

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    Amazon.

    I got one from them, it was faulty on arrival. They sent a replacement within an hour of me receiving the first one and took the faulty one back. No cost to myself. I was seriously impressed with their service.

    The little Asus netbook is fantastic.. I get a full days work out of it.
     
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    I've had an Acer Aspire Netbook for 2 years from Curry's. PC World is now the same company which I didn't know till I took it in for a tune up. On paying a monthly insurance of 3.99 it's covered for most things and can have a free tune up every year. I am quite pleased with it and with the service . I also got cheap M'soft Office and Norton 360, each with 3 licences. Battery lasts about 6 hours. Do you need more?

    Catherine
     
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    Another vote for Asus - after extensive research opted for a Eee PC netbook mainly for it's battery life. Bought from amazon sub £250. Have been very pleased with my purchase


    Ken
     
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  6. dave newell lvs

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    I have an Asus Transformer TF101 android tablet and have just bought another one with the detachable keyboard for 300 quid off Amazon, 2nd hand but in mint condition. Mrs is having the new tab and I've got the keyboard on my original tab. Tab alone has aprox 8 hours battery life but with the keyboard its extended to up to 16 hours. I now have the best of both worlds, I can type on a proper keyboard instead of the on screen version or I can use it as a touch screen tablet. Fantastic bit of kit and I'nm using it now on Chester racecourse on WiFi to my Android HTC phone using that as a mobile WiFi hotspot.

    Keyboard adds two USB2 sockets, SD card reader and extra battery.

    D.
     
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    Brilliant well made piece of kit.

    If only they had fitted a big hard drive ( for backing up the camera and other mass storage ) I'd not need to carry a windows PC as well. I've not got the keyboard, can you plug in a USB hard drive and power it off the pad ?
     
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    Whatever you do dont buy from Comet, I bought a small acer from them, battery failed at eight months and their attitude, tough 'up yours' dont want to know.

    Buy from your local independant PC shop, ok you may pay a bit more but you willl have a far better chance of getting service if you have problems. I buy all of mine locally now.

    Peter
     
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    I did use to recommend small local shops but there is very little margin in the computer world now so service tends to suffer unfortunately.

    I use Amazon and Dabs now exclusively for my tech stuff as their service is second to none.

    I love the Transformer. But please be aware these run Android not windows so if you need any windows software it's not an option.
     
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    That's the older model. The new one has a Tegra 3. This has 5 cores. 1 for normal day to day stuff and the other 4 high power ones only kick in when needed. supposed to give better performance and better battery life. It also has a better display and overall improvements...

    If cost is the primary issue then the one you linked to is good value, if you can afford the new model then that would be better :)
     
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  13. dave newell lvs

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    I've yet to try it but I believe it does suport a USB hard drive, will try it out when we get back home.

    John, I'd keep an eye on Amazon if I were you. I got a second user but in mint condition tablet and keyboard for 305 quid delivered.

    Yes you are getting into laptop price bracket but I've yet to see a 400 quid laptop that will run for up to 16 hours on one charge plus as this is Android it doesn't have any of Microsoft's BS built in. Apps are readily available, many of them free. I have Photoshop Express on here which was a free download and for basic image editing its brilliant, I was showing Gaz43 yesterday and he seemed impressed.

    D.
     
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    I can only speak from our experience - Shirl wanted a netbook for a bit of surfing and a place to keep her reciepes - we went to PC world and got her an Emachines netbook - and a cheap cd drive total came to about £200 about a year ago and it has performed perfectly - battery life about 8 or 9 hours depending on type of usage - very good wifi - 2 usb. She finds it is absolutely perfect for her needs. I have used it quite happily in the past for surfing and the forums etc.
     
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    I thought that once, not so sure now.

    Android is pretty locked down compared to MS. Unless you are a really skilled hacker the operating system is what they say you can have. Have you tried getting rid of the shedload of crap apps that come with it, you can't.

    I'm sure Android is reporting back to Google all Google wants to know about you and unlike MS, because it's locked down you can't blot out parts of the web you don't want to visit ( the ad-tracking of Google etc ).

    I'm using it and I think the format really works a treat, but..... !
     
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    Having been back home from Chester for a couple of hours and recharged our tablets I've just plugged in a 30 GB portable HDD and it works perfectly, even playing an AVI video file off the HDD and it responds a damn sight faster than my Windows XP Athlon X2 PC with 2GB of ram!

    D.
     
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