Monday, January 31, 2011

# 10: Samsung NF310-A01 10.1-inch Netbook (Titan Silver)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Samsungs obtained the right of this Netboook!, November 1, 2010 this review is from: Samsung NF310-A01 10.1-inch Netbook (Titan Silver) (Personal computers) its hard to put this little netbook down; Resume with-in router is pretty phenomenal! HD Display with 1366 x 768 is extremely strong/bright with much less scrolling ... SRS 3D sound is a major improvement and is positively strong ... all the netbook managed without problems streaming (netflix, boxee, hulu, youtube), dual core and wifi n worked perfectly. 9hrs probably a stretch with wifi and blue-tooth; so far in 7hrs with active web media ... No bloatware (hats off to Samsung) ... love the matte screen ... and I recommend upgrading to 2 GB ddr3 for a carry everywhere replacement! Before this was the great success of Samsung NC10 (loved) and with this a Samsung has raised the bar again and at the right price (initially blogs were indicates a base price of $ 429); And Enjoy! help other customers find the most useful reviews This review was helpful?

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars very good price for a netbook 10 inch screen/720 p quality, November 1, 2010 this review is from: Samsung NF310-A01 10.1-inch Netbook (Titan Silver) (Personal computers) this is an amazing netbook for just $ 400-I can't bring myself to rate it any less than 5 stars because of the lack of Nvidia ion2, gigabit ethernet, hdmi or AFG3252, especially since the price could be lower. Other features more than make up for what is missing.

Battery life may be 9 hours if you aren't doing a lot, but with normal browsing through wifi that I have about 6-7 hours. When you put the nf310 to sleep, it takes just 3 seconds to return to the desktop that is awesome. Also the ability to load a usb device when powered off is a bonus if I forget my phone charger on the road. The 10 inch display of 720 p native is awesome and I can't remember any other 10-inch netbooks with this high resolution and a pricetag of $ 400.

Visiting sites with flash enabled and youtube video 720 p all worked flawlessly with the atom dual core cpu. I would not recommend this netbook for gaming, but for the price that I was not expecting to play the latest gpu intensive games and video. Build quality is superb, and the Samsung software package is completed. A simple uninstallation of some extra things I don't need, like Norton and I was happy. The backup and restore software included Samsung was simple to use and reminded me to set a base backup once the nf310 has been configured the way I liked. I was surprised to find MS Office Starter edition also included, which allows me to open word and excel files without any additional installs.

After you have purchased the nf310, I look forward to seeing what Samsung has in the pipeline for their netbook product line-I expect it will add to the end and AFG3252 ion2 in this form factor, but I'm sure the price would be closer to $ 600 + with shorter battery life.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars want this for me!, 10 December 2010 this review is from: Samsung NF310-A01 10.1-inch Netbook (Titan Silver) (Personal computers) I got this as a Christmas gift for a friend and after adding additional RAM and some software, I wanted to keep it for me! YouTube videos played well and the speakers were great--much better than my Sony laptop. This netbook is necessary for the work of light document and must be very portable in case the documents must be reviewed, while the user is nowhere near home. The size of the keyboard should be quite useful. In all, I had this wrap and put a bow on it or would still be tinkering on it for me.

Incidentally, I had never popped up extra RAM in a computer before, but this couldn't have been easier. I just unscrewed, popped a panel out old and slide into a new one. Simple enough for a chick like me. As another reviewer stated, that it took over an hour to get this up and running because you had to scroll through so many configuration items, but it was really painless (time) and given the ease with which I could change the RAM, I didn't care!

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# 8: Acer Aspire One: AO522-BZ897-10.1 Inch HD Netbook (Black Diamond)

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little netbook, flat keys, bass speaker volume, January 25, 2011 this review is from: Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ897 10.1-Inch HD Netbook (Black Diamond) (Personal computers) we picked up one of these at Fry's Electronics Sunday 23rd Jan. We have three laptops, but no other netbook experience so it is difficult to make comparisons. My son-in-law took with him I had only a couple of hours playing with it. Given these disclaimers ...

Is a nice little netbook and I were looking for a new computer today, it would pick up one of these for me. Is small, light and battery life is pretty good. With three USB ports and an SD card reader that is well equipped. The thing that made the sale to us was the 1 .3MP webcam because we want to make video calls to Skype with our son-in-law. The quality of the video was great. The screen is very bright, that we had actually dim somewhat on comfort. The only speaker, located under the front left, don't have much volume and was rather "tinny" sound.

The speed is something that I find hard to describe. Certainly is slow compared to our computers, but not something that I couldn't live with. Video worked great. I tried a Netflix streaming video and a youtube video; both have worked great.

My biggest complaint is the flat keys. A small outline would have helped a lot. It would have taken some adjustment type quickly on the keyboard. However the keyboard layout is good. Is not full size but not so small as to be a big adjustment. The size it would be easy to adapt to. The cursor keys, limited space, data are well designed.

The track pad worked fine, no rough surface that many complain (why do they do that?), but none of us are using a track pad in this family. We all choose mouse wireless. It's nice to have three USB ports, because we were able to attack one of these receivers really small mouse in a USB slot and leave it there all the time. Mouse pad buttons track are a single slash (why do they do that too?), but that does not hinder our use of it when we tried.

With Windows 7, which, as a starter version does not allow the wallpaper to be changed. That drove that my son-in-law crazy, but he must learn to live with it.

It would be nice if scored 8 or 10 hours on battery instead of 6, but hey, six hours is double what any of our other handsets reach!

The lid is a magnet for smooth and glossy total footprint (why do they do that?)

I went to remove all the bloatware from it for my son-in-law and guess what? There really wasn't any that I wanted to delete. They have preloaded Skype and a few other useful tools that we would have been loaded, but there was the usual bunch of stuff to delete.

In my opinion, I think this is a pretty neat little machine for a very reasonable price.

Jan 27. I called Acer tech support and learned max RAM is 2 GB and DDR3. The phone support person has not yet had details so couldn't tell me how to access the ram (but said it was through the bottom of the computer), or he could tell me if there was only one RAM slot or two.

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# 9: Acer Aspire One Netbook with 10.1-inch AOD255E-13639 (Black Diamond)

Get fantastic mobile connectivity with the Acer Aspire One D255E in black diamond (AOD225E-13639), which features a 10.1-inch LED-backlit display, keyboard typing comfort and an ultra-thin design that travels light. You can also enjoy excellent mobile computing power thanks to Intel Atom N455 processor as well as up to 4 hours of battery life on a single charge by 3-cell battery included.

Variety of colorsThe Acer Aspire One D255E is available in a variety of colors.4 hours of battery power

Attention-grabbing Aspire One D255E is just 1 inch thin and weighs just under 2-1/2 pounds. The full-sized keyboard 93% with larger keys allows easy typing on the go. And 10.1-inch Acer CrystalBrite LED display (1024 x 600 pixels) provides an experience of great productivity Internet while on the go optimal navigation.

1.3 megapixel HD webcam with integrated digital microphone delivers superior voice quality and smooth video so you can keep in touch wherever you are via real-time chat. Pinch, flick and swirl fingers on touchpad multi-gesture for intuitive navigation display web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more. Charging using the AC adaptor, Minigo Acer 34% lighter than typical adapters.

Atom powered, 4-hour batteryThis AOD255E pairs an Intel Atom Processor energy efficiency with a 3-cell battery up to 4 hours of power.Multi-gesture trackpad

The Aspire One pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Starter. You will also be able to experiment with new ways to deliver your best work with Office Starter 2010.

Note that this netbook does not have an optical drive, but you can use CD/DVD external optional that connects via USB.

up to 4 hours of battery with 3-cell battery (4400 mAh) 10.1-inch CrystalBrite LED backlit screen (resolution 1024 x 600) 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor (512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB) combines the performance and efficiency for exploring the Internet and stay connected while mobile. 250 GB hard drive (5400 RPM) 1 GB DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz 1 GB maximum capacity with Windows 7 Starter) video processor, integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 with support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Wireless N networking capacity WiFi provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802. 11n router compatible as you would with 802.11 networks 11 g. It is also compatible with 802. 11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in elderly home routers). Multi-gesture touchpad per page, pinch-zoom and scroll action-circular inverted motion. (More information) 1.3-megapixel webcam is integrated in the Monitor Panel for easy video chats and conferences (resolution 1280 x 1024). 84 FineTip keyboard, 93 percent of standard size with larger keys for easy typing.mono speakeroperating system Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (More information) Offering pre-loaded with software free Microsoft Office Starter 2010 with selected feature of Word and Excel for spreadsheets, and text. Also, if you decide to use the full suite, simply buy a product key to activate an ad-free version that also includes the latest programs, Publisher, PowerPoint and Outlook. size: 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches (Wxdxh) weight: 2.43 lbs warranty: one year parts and labour limited warranty-guaranteed Energy Star certified 3-port USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet (10/100), VGA video output of concurrent international traveler 2-in-1 Media Card Reader compatible with Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC)

This package contains the netbook Acer Aspire One AOD225E-13639 PC, rechargeable lithium ion battery, 40-watt AC adapter Minigo and operating instructions

Acer multi-gesture trackpad

A Multi-Touchpad Gesture lets you pinch, flick and swirl your fingers across the touchpad for more natural photo and video viewing, and intuitive Web site navigation. The Multi-Touchpad Gesture scroll, zoom in and out and browse the Web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more.

The TouchPad can be disabled with a one touch button, eliminating the accidental movement of the cursor with palms and wrists when using an external mouse.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Starter for small notebook PCs makes it easier to use because it puts less between you and what you want to make--less waiting, less clicking, less hassle connecting to networks. Windows 7 Starter combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity and compatibility of Windows. Some features include:

Features like jump lists, Pin, Snap and Windows Search all done using a small notebook PC that combines simple and easy home networks with other PCs running Windows 7 is easy and simple connection to printers and devices is easier than ever to support the latest hardware and software for Internet Explorer 8 improves the safety of web browsing

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

# 4: ASUS Eee PC 1015PED-PU17-BK 10.1-inch Netbook (black)

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152 of 158 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Netbook except the Touchpad, August 19, 2010 This review is from: ASUS Eee PC 1015PED-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black) (Personal Computers) I was looking to buy a netbook for my upcoming travels as I did not want to bring my 14" laptop as well as planning on doing some writing outdoors.

After doing quite some research and reading, I narrowed down to Acer Aspire One AO533 and Asus Eee PC 1015PED (there are so many models within Asus that could get quite confusing.) Finding a Youtube video of over 500K+ views on how to install the 2GB memory on an Acer definitely discouraged me as how easy one might break a wire, in addition to automatically void the warranty as soon as you open up the case.

I am aware of those who have issues with Asus customer service as well as buying a lemon. But the usability and the really long battery power really made me decide to take a chance / leap of faith.

The matte shell and screen make the machine a perfect companion on the road, especially when using it outdoors. There are a lot fewer fingerprints and a lot less glare which are more suiting for the eyes.

The machine boots up very quickly and has a very bright screen. I was initially a bit worried about the chiclet keys, whether there might be too much space among the keys but it turned out the space was minimal and works well for me. The location of the special keys is similar to my SONY VAIO so it did not take much time for me to get adjusted to the smaller keyboard.

After successfully installing the final part of pre-installed Windows 7 Starter and confirming the machine was working correctly (took about 10 to 15 minutes), I went ahead and downloaded all the drivers from Asus Download site, including the latest BIOS as I would be reformatting the drive and installing Windows 7 Professional. At the time the direct BIOS upgrade from the internet did not work but downloading and installing the file did. Also note that the drivers are not always sorted by the version and you have to look at each one carefully to download the latest version.

The machine runs quite well even with just 1GB memory except with the more frequent hard drive access.

I then upgraded the memory to 2GB with Crucial DDR3 1333. Crucial Memory Advisor tool will guide you to the right memory and I like how the company guarantees the compatibility. I had tried a few others (Super Talent and Hynix) and my machine either would not recognize and boot up, would not boot up after restarting the machine, or I had to wait for a few minutes after shutdown before being able to reboot. The Amazon's "Frequently Bought Together" incorrectly picked DDR2 memory as part of the package. It should have been DDR3 instead. There is a separate door just for the memory so the upgrade was a breeze and you just have to make sure you push the memory all the way into the slot (seating.) To confirm I also hit F2 when starting the machine to validate it is loaded with 2GB memory. The additional memory did not dramatically increase the performance though it definitely significantly decreases the usage of the hard drive.

While the machine works overall very well to my needs (internet and a few MS apps), I did find the touch pad to be overly sensitive. I downloaded and installed the latest ELAN and Synaptics TouchPad drivers and was then able to change the Palm Tracking Setting to less sensitive. The large smooth touch pad that causes the accidental and easily palm over makes the touchpad almost useless unless you have the netbook way sitting below your palm when typing.

Battery wise it's about 7 to around 10 hours of normal usage (surfing, documents, installing and running software, etc.) which is extremely good. Though I did find the machine was getting quite warm after about 5 hours of usage and when charging the battery. The battery charger also gets quite hot after a few hours of charging. The battery meter is somewhat accurate on the overall percentage but does fluctuate every few minutes or and can easily go up and down +/- 10 to 20 minutes.

The following were the steps I took to install Windows 7 Professional that should work in general:
1) Use a 4GB USB drive (any drive that has 3GB or more), format it through Windows Explorer with NTFS

2) Download and install MBRWizard. Open up command prompt and type: mbrwiz /list

3) Find the Disk number that belongs to the USB drive (usually 1 or higher as 0 is most likely your system / primary drive. Run the command: mbrwiz /disk=1 /active=1
In this case 1 is the USB drive. Type "Y" to confirm. Run this command again to confirm the drive is active: mbrwiz /list

4) Run the following command to set the USB drive to be bootable:
e:\boot\bootsect /nt60 D:
E: being the Windows 7 CD drive and D: being the USB drive

5) Copy all Windows 7 Professional files to the USB drive.

6) Copy all contents from the current netbook C: drive to the USB drive as a backup.

7) Download all drivers from Asus Download site to the USB drive. Also download anti-virus / firewall software such as AVG and ZoneAlarm to the USB drive.

8) With the USB drive plugged in, reboot machine and hit F2 to get into BIOS setting. In Boot -> Boot Settings. You will now see Boot Device Priority and Hard Disk Drives. Choosing Removable Device as the first boot priority would not work since the USB drive is actually categorized as a hard drive instead. Choose Hard Drive Disks and you will see the USB drive as well as the C: drive. Move the USB drive to the first priority and have the hard drive (C:) as second. Keep the first boot priority as Hard Disk.

9) Follow the Windows formatting and installing. Make sure you unplug the USB drive when Windows restarts after completing the installation and hit F2 to change the BIOS setting back to using C: as the first hard drive.

10) Install all the drivers especially the screen resolution, ELAN and Synaptics touch pad devices, latest BIOS, firewall and anti-virus programs.

11) Install the LAN driver and you should be good to go.

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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Little Netbook, September 9, 2010 Bought this netbook awhile ago for class (college) and I love every moment I've spent with it.

PROS:
-Battery Life,I get about 10 hours which is phenomenal...no other netbook has been closer to Asus' EEE battery life thanks to the Super Hybrid Engine.(I mainly use it for surfing web while typing text documents @ 87% right now, its reading 9 hours and 45 minutes.)
-Charging Speed, it takes only 2 hours or a little more to fully charge this netbook. That's quick in return for 10 hours of battery life!
-Keyboard, though smaller than standard desktops and laptops, is still pretty large in general. If you're a very skilled typist this keyboard will have no problems for you. (I'm typing this review at full speed on this netbook.) While the SHIFT key to the right is smaller, it's not a very significant problem for me because I always use the left SHIFT key regardless of the keyboard.
-Performance, though its specifications aren't anything to get excited about, for ordinary usage, it's surprisingly fast. Even on 1GB Ram. You should understand that netbooks are not laptop replacements. And it also means you should use lighter, less resource hogging softwares.
-Matte Screen, prevents glare indoors and outdoors. Most computers still have glossy screens that are practically mirrors, but this netbook doesn't. It saves you from annoying glare and reflections.
-Matte Shell still attracts grease but fingerprints are hardly seen. A significant improvement to previous EEE netbooks.
-Touchpad, is a significant improvement from the old dotted grid that Asus used in previous models. Its sensitivity can be customized to your liking so for me, it's just as good as any other laptop's touchpad. The right/left click buttons aren't too stiff so it's just right.
-Speakers are surprisingly loud and audio quality is decent.
-Webcam shutter is not really necessary but it's a nice thing to have. If you're webcamming someone and want to do something really quickly but privately (like fixing a wedgie or changing) you can just slip the shutter over to "off" and then shift it back over to "on" when you're done. No need to physically log off or turn off your webcam.

CONS:
-Windows 7 Starter has its limitations, but that can be changed with the provided "Windows Anytime Upgrade" which upgrades your Windows quickly.
-Webcam is only 0.3 megapixels. That's not very clear, but you shouldn't be constantly webcamming on a netbook anyway.
-Comes with unnecessary stickers boasting about it's battery life and other specs, but you can take them off if you'd like to.
-There's a bunch of secondary shortcuts (fn+F1,2,3...etc.). They're handy to have, but they're not really explained...even in the manual. But you can figure them out rather quickly after the first or second use.

So overall if you need to surf the web on the go and type up documents or even for social networking (email, IM, Skype/Oovoo, etc.) this netbook does the work quickly and perfectly.It's battery life is alone, a reason to choose this netbook over all the others on the market. Asus has perfected the art of netbooks and incorporated it into the EEE 1015ped-p.

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104 of 133 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars May be a decent computer, but service is poor., August 26, 2010 This review is from: ASUS Eee PC 1015PED-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black) (Personal Computers) A couple of months ago, I received the precursor to this netbook, and was fairly impressed with it. What happened to me is important for potential buyers of the current item, as well. Bear with me, as any potential purchaser should be aware of what may happen should there be any defect in the ASUS item they receive.

At the beginning of my review, let me recommend the review by "Turtle James," which is currently the top review for ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU27-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook (Up to 14 Hours of Battery Life). He includes much helpful information about the setup of this netbook, and I find his information to be quite flawless, though I'm not sure it is necessary to combine the partitions of the hard drive. The computer itself seemed to run well, and was not nearly as slow as some people make it out to be, but it is with regret that I must tell the tale of the defective charger, which turned the computer into an expensive paperweight.

I followed the instructions in the manual (which matches Turtle James's review well) regarding the charging of the netbook, and I think I would have discovered a quite long battery life as a result, if I would have kept it long enough to evaluate that part. However, I encountered a problem with a small defect that made the netbook unusable.

The charger, the AC adapter that plugs into the power outlet was unusual from the beginning. After the first charge, I noticed that the blue light that lights up on the charger would stay lit for a while after unplugging from any power source. Not having any experience with this particular adapter before, I was not sure if that was normal, and in fact am still not sure.

After going through two cycles of charging and depleting the battery, as instructed, I attempted to charge the netbook for the third time, and behold, the charger did not work at all. When this happens, one cannot charge the netbook, and therefore cannot use it until one obtains a new charger. Buying a new charger after only two charges is in my opinion ridiculous, and to be avoided on principle.

So, I set about to rectify the situation, first calling the manufacturer, ASUS (pronounced ay-soos' by the service personnel). After messing about for some time trying different things with the technician, it became apparent that the charger must be defective. They said I could begin the process for an RMA, if I like, and I did like that idea, until I got further into the details.

It came as a surprise to me that ASUS would require me to send the defective part back to them first, upon receipt of which, they would begin the process to send me a new part that functioned correctly. I was informed that the RMA process at that point would take 10 - 14 business days. I asked what shipping method would be used to send the new part to me, and was informed it would be Fed-Ex...Ground.

The entire process, therefore, would take about a month to get what was rightfully mine in the first place for having purchased the device, after which I would not be able to return the device.

So, I chose to return the device to Amazon instead, because I learned the valuable lesson of what it is like to deal with the ASUS service department. I cannot thank ASUS enough for clarifying to me what type of company I was dealing with when purchasing their magnificent piece of . . . gadgetry.

I also made the mistake of ordering RAM and a case for the netbook at the same time, accessories I had no further need of, so I returned those as well. Amazon, being a company with integrity, refunded the entire amount. This has also been a valuable lesson on the folly of purchasing accessories before being certain the main product is stable.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

# 5: ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BU 10.1-inch Netbook (blue)

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86 89 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars great!, October 04, 2010 this review is from: ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BU 10.1-inch Netbook (blue) (Personal computers) I just received my 1015PEM Friday. I created an installation USB of Ubuntu and installed a 2 GB stick of RAM DDR3 that I had.

The latest beta version of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick 64 bits are running, and it is fantastic! Everything works smooth and buttery is working right out (for those of you using Ubuntu/Linux, the wireless driver Broadcom driver is used, just install via ethernet connection at first)

QuickSnap keys and not of smooth, shiny and extra comfortable to type on. The transition from a full-sized Mac keyboard for this little boy and had no problems.

The speakers are LOUD at full volume, for a small thing. Now outshine my 3810t Acer with ' Dolby ' experience.

The power is superbly small.

I was able to look good for hulu, etc.

Last but not least, youtube 720 p flash is a little shaky, but some updates in the future can solve this problem (that is, after all, linux. Flash runs much faster on Windows). Given that, it is not really necessary for 720 p as maxes out out of screen resolution to 1024 x 600, 480 p looks and works fine.

Finally, the battery life is suspended:

No regrets!

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Another nice Asus Netbook, October 21, 2010 I bought this drive and immediately loaded with 2 GB of ram, Windows 7 Professional, Office 2010 and Itunes. Also linked to my phone via Bluetooth and usb X Droid so I can navigate while on the go. I'm loving this machine now. It is much more portable than my laptop. I used everywhere, including the waiting room at my doctor's Office and waiting to get my car serviced. I can run the following command with no problems at all: Hulu, Netflix Streaming, Slingbox, Sunday night football streaming and more.

FYI, I am using this memory that I found on Amazon:
http://www.Amazon.com/gp/product/B002IV7FPM? ie = UTF8 & tag = PC-Notebooks-ACC-20 & creativeASIN = B002IV7FPM
I read that the latest models of Asus can be picky about which memory will work with them.

I have not tried to run HD videos or any game yet, but I'll post an update when I do. Let me know if there are some games or media you want to try.

The only bummer is that once you refresh your memory and operating system, the cost gets closer to that of a laptop with much more features and performance. The creator of deal is however the epic battery life with this netbook. Get about 8 hours with everything turned on (i.e., Bluetooth and wifi). My laptop work gets about three hours. lol

Do not take into account the economic netbooks! I used a lot of them. The dual processor is to get 1015pem!

***** UPDATE MEMORY UPGRADE ISSUES: *****

If you are having problems with upgrading your memory, try installing the latest firmware. You can download the firmware directly from the website of Asus support.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars-machine little solid, 12 October 2010 are in the market for a netbook, decided to bite the bullet, when these became available with the dual core processor. This is my first netbook and only experience with one, then take my review for what it's worth. Had a couple of days before you upgraded to 2 gb (no questions, absolute must) and immediately update the BIOS after installing and running.

Nice little compact dimensions. Relatively thin and not too heavy. The matte black has a rather strange, seems to have almost a bluish tint, which I thought was rather peculiar. Attracts fingerprints any more than I thought it would be, maybe not so much as a glossy, but reveal.

Screen looks good, not notice any dead pixels. There's some bloatware, but not too much. I removed most of it, including most Add-ons asus. Keychains takes a little getting used to as I get used to a full size standard board layout and this has a couple of different things about it. General it doesnt seem to be difficult to use. Mine seems to have a little flex around the g and H keys. This is a tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-thud when it hits the H key. I find this to be a bit annoying, distracting, and then together with demotion from a perfect 5--perhaps I am a bit harsh, but I was disappointed.

Haven't really put the battery of tests like this sit on my couch and AC power is always reachable. Have had problems with wireless, signal holds well and haven't deleted a connection from my linksys router. It seems to get quite hot after some use while on your lap and the fan is a bit stronger than what I expected to be up when spooling. The heat and fan noise are known from the side and not enough to anchor points total. Maybe it's really cool and quiet for his class, as I said, this is my first netbook.

The touchpad responds well and feels pretty intuitive. I don't care for the touchpad, but find that this is fairly easy. The mouse-button may be a bit smoother, but I prefer touching the pad for the mouse to click in each case. Apparently there is suppose to be a certain type of "crushes" zoom with the touchpad. Doesn't seem to work, or perhaps unistalled software that supports it, or maybe just do not know how to make it work. For some reason, not motivate thought it actually working, I just have to understand.

Webcam works well, it gets the job done. The image is clear from the other side, so I was told, and the mic chooses well enough. The speakers are quite decent for what they are. Its not gonna throw his party, but if three is a crowd, can provide a broad musical background.

Overall more use it more I really like it. Super handy for internet conveniences and very portable. My only let downs are: the problem of keyboard, windows 7 is pretty limited, but really not all these machines are designed to do. I feel in this moment of price that should come with 2 gb installed. + $ 400 after ram upgrade and throw another + $ 80 dollars for genuine Windows 7 upgrade and is nearing full size portable prices.

Really I'm satisfied with it being a netbook and recommend it to anyone shopping for one. Was some adjustment going from my desktop (i7 920/6 gb/win 7 pro 64) and then jump into this little guy. When I remember that its just a netbook, I'm very happy with it.

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# 10: Toshiba NB305-N600 10.1-inch Netbook (blue)

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Enjoy the lighter, brighter side of mobility with the affordable, super-compact Toshiba Mini NB305-N600, which weighs less than 3 pounds, is small enough to throw in a purse or bag, and has a brightly colorful 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen. Offering a durable textured finish and cover in Royal Blue, it features a full-size keyboard for comfortable typing and a larger touchpad with multi-touch control, which enables you to navigate documents, web pages, and images more easily.

Toshiba Mini NB305 With nearly 9 hours of battery life, the Toshiba Mini NB305 offers
a full day of computing without a recharge (see larger image).

This Toshiba Mini brings the power of dual-core performance to a netbook with next-generation, dual-core Intel Atom N550 processing power. And with nearly 9 hours of battery power, you'll be able to go through an entire day of school, work or errands without worrying about a recharge. The battery pack is neatly hidden under the casing of the netbook to preserve its sleek, ergonomic design.

The 250 GB hard disk drive is protected using an integrated 3D impact sensor which detects freefalls, shocks and vibrations. The Toshiba Mini also features a USB Sleep-and-Charge port, which allows external USB devices such as mobile phones and personal media players to charge from the netbook even when it is turned off. Other features include fast DDR3 RAM, an integrated webcam, and a mono speaker.

This Toshiba Mini comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system (32-bit version).

10.1-inch LED backlit widescreen display (1024 x 600-pixel resolution) provides richer colors and clearer definition--perfect for browsing the Internet.
Learn More Toshiba Mini NB305 Toshiba Mini NB305 The NB305 features a comfortable full-size keyboard, plus a full-size touchpad with multi-touch capabilities (see larger image).Toshiba Mini NB305 1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 processor (1 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB) combines performance and energy efficiency to provide new levels of support for applications like games, as well as Adobe Flash technology for improved access to multimedia sites such as YouTube and Hulu.
Learn More 250 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
Learn More 1 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (667 MHz; expandable to 2 GB)
Learn More Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 video processor with up to 250 MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory.
Learn More Wireless Connectivity With its Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking capabilities, this laptop provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers.
Learn More Included Toshiba Software: Toshiba Media Controller offers simplified media sharing. Using an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, it lets you share videos, music and pictures from the media library on your laptop with compatible devices in your home entertainment network, or with other compatible laptops and devices, like an Xbox 360 game console. And you can do it all without moving equipment, burning discs or fumbling with cables. Toshiba Bulletin Board is an easy-to-use organizational and productivity app that lets you build your own personalized space on your desktop. With Toshiba Bulletin Board, you can quickly and easily manage your to-do lists and calendars, plus create your own custom work area by pinning your favorite photos, documents, links and more. Toshiba ReelTime helps you cut down the time it takes to search for files. The easy-to-use app takes traditional text-based file structures one step further to help you find what you're looking for more quickly. Accessible from your taskbar, it shows you a visual timeline of your recently accessed files--using graphical thumbnails--so you can easily identify and get to your files faster.
Learn More Included Toshiba Utilities: Toshiba eco Utility makes it easy to go green as you go mobile. Hit the Eco Button and you'll launch the Toshiba Eco Utility, which puts all sorts of easy-to-read information on your screen, and gives you the ability to adjust the power settings on your laptop. It also activates a light showing you're in the Eco Mode. The Toshiba Eco Utility lets you pick the optimal power plan for your situation. Choose High-Performance when you need every watt you can get, Power Saver for the least energy consumption, or Balanced as a perfect blend of the two. USB Sleep and Charge offers a great way to keep your portable electronics powered up without requiring your laptop to be on. With this laptop's Sleep and Charge USB port, you'll be able to charge your smart phone, MP3 player, and other portable electronics--all without having to keep your laptop awake. Hard Drive Impact Sensor takes the worry out of taking your most important files and multimedia on the go. Able to detect sudden movement along three different dimensions, the impact sensor (a complex system of hardware and software) helps safeguard your data by "parking" the hard drive heads in the event of a drop or sudden movement. And it works faster than you can blink to help protect your laptop and all-important data.
Learn More Up to 8 hours, 40 minutes of battery life (6-cell battery; 48 Wh)
Learn More Dimensions & Weight: 10.47 x 7.57 x 1.43 inches (WxDxH); 2.6 pounds
Learn More 3 total USB ports with left-side port offering Sleep and Charge capabilities. VGA video output (analog, RGB) Microphone and headphone jacks Secure Digital (SD) memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital High Capacity, Multi Media Card media Fast Ethernet (10/100)

Microsoft Windows 7 Starter makes small notebook PCs easier to use because it puts less between you and what you want to do--less waiting, less clicking, less hassle connecting to networks. Windows 7 Starter combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity and compatibility of Windows.

This package contains the Toshiba Mini NB305-N600 netbook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions.

It also comes with the following software:

Norton Internet Security 2011 (30-day trial); Microsoft Office Starter 2010; Google Toolbar and Google Chrome; Microsoft Windows Media Player 12; Microsoft Silverlight; Microsoft Live Essentials; Toshiba Online Backup (30-day trial)

This laptop is backed by a 1-year limited hardware warranty.

Energy Star 5.0 certified Gold EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact. RoHS compliant effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances

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# 1: Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-inch Netbook (blue)

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Perfect for your everyday computing needs when you're on the go, the Toshiba Mini NB505-N508BL is one of the thinnest netbooks on the market--just 1.4 inches thin (without extended feet). And it weighs less than 3 pounds, so it's easy to carry in your backpack, purse, book bag, and more.

Toshiba Mini NB505 in blue With over 8 hours of battery life, the Toshiba Mini NB505 offers
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Thanks to its high-speed connectivity, the Intel Atom processor, and up to eight-hour battery life rating, this budget-friendly netbook puts you in touch with your favorite people, sites, social networks, and media almost everywhere you go--all without compromising your freedom of expression. And with the innovative rubberized EasyGrip finish, the NB505 netbook is easy to grab and go.

It features a brightly colorful 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen, a full-size keyboard for comfortable typing, and a larger touchpad with multi-touch control--enabling you to navigate documents, web pages, and images more easily. You'll also be able to store all your documents plus a large media library on the 250 GB hard drive, as well as download pictures from digital cameras via the SD memory card slot. Other features include an

The 250 GB hard disk drive is protected using an integrated 3D impact sensor which detects freefalls, shocks and vibrations. The Toshiba Mini also features a USB Sleep-and-Charge port, which allows external USB devices such as mobile phones and personal media players to charge from the netbook even when it is turned off. Other features include fast DDR3 RAM, an integrated webcam, and a mono speaker.

This Toshiba Mini comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system (32-bit version).

Toshiba Mini NB505 in blue The NB505 offers a subtle look with shiny metallic reflections and engraved dot patterns, plus a rubber-textured cover (see larger image).Toshiba Mini NB505 in blue The NB505 features a comfortable full-size keyboard, plus a full-size touchpad with multi-touch capabilities (see larger image).Toshiba Mini NB505 in blue 10.1-inch LED backlit widescreen display (1024 x 600-pixel resolution) provides richer colors and clearer definition--perfect for browsing the Internet.
Learn More 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor (512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB) combines performance and energy efficiency to explore the Internet and stay connected while mobile.
Learn More 250 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
Learn More 1 GB of installed DDR2 RAM (667 MHz; expandable to 2 GB)
Learn More Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 video processor with up to 250 MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory.
Learn More Wireless Connectivity With its Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking capabilities, this laptop provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers.
Learn More Included Toshiba Software: Toshiba Media Controller offers simplified media sharing. Using an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, it lets you share videos, music and pictures from the media library on your laptop with compatible devices in your home entertainment network, or with other compatible laptops and devices, like an Xbox 360 game console. And you can do it all without moving equipment, burning discs or fumbling with cables. Toshiba Bulletin Board is an easy-to-use organizational and productivity app that lets you build your own personalized space on your desktop. With Toshiba Bulletin Board, you can quickly and easily manage your to-do lists and calendars, plus create your own custom work area by pinning your favorite photos, documents, links and more. Toshiba ReelTime helps you cut down the time it takes to search for files. The easy-to-use app takes traditional text-based file structures one step further to help you find what you're looking for more quickly. Accessible from your taskbar, it shows you a visual timeline of your recently accessed files--using graphical thumbnails--so you can easily identify and get to your files faster.
Learn More Included Toshiba Utilities: Toshiba eco Utility makes it easy to go green as you go mobile. Hit the Eco Button and you'll launch the Toshiba Eco Utility, which puts all sorts of easy-to-read information on your screen, and gives you the ability to adjust the power settings on your laptop. It also activates a light showing you're in the Eco Mode. The Toshiba Eco Utility lets you pick the optimal power plan for your situation. Choose High-Performance when you need every watt you can get, Power Saver for the least energy consumption, or Balanced as a perfect blend of the two.
Learn More Up to 8 hours, 21 minutes of battery life (6-cell battery; 48 Wh)
Learn More Dimensions & Weight: 10.3 x 7.48 x 1.4 inches (WxDxH); 2.9 pounds
Learn More 3 total USB ports VGA video output (analog, RGB) Microphone and headphone jacks Secure Digital (SD) memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMedia Card media Fast Ethernet (10/100)

Microsoft Windows 7 Starter makes small notebook PCs easier to use because it puts less between you and what you want to do--less waiting, less clicking, less hassle connecting to networks. Windows 7 Starter combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity and compatibility of Windows.

This package contains the Toshiba Mini NB505-N508BL netbook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions.

It also comes with the following software:

Norton Internet Security 2011 (30-day trial); Microsoft Office Starter 2010; Google Toolbar and Google Chrome; Microsoft Windows Media Player 12; Microsoft Silverlight; Microsoft Live Essentials; Toshiba Online Backup (30-day trial)

This laptop is backed by a 1-year limited hardware warranty.

Energy Star 5.0 certified Gold EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact. RoHS compliant effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances

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# 6: ASUS Eee PC 1015PED-PU17-BK 10.1-inch Netbook (black)

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147 of 153 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Netbook except the Touchpad, August 19, 2010 This review is from: ASUS Eee PC 1015PED-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black) (Personal Computers) I was looking to buy a netbook for my upcoming travels as I did not want to bring my 14" laptop as well as planning on doing some writing outdoors.

After doing quite some research and reading, I narrowed down to Acer Aspire One AO533 and Asus Eee PC 1015PED (there are so many models within Asus that could get quite confusing.) Finding a Youtube video of over 500K+ views on how to install the 2GB memory on an Acer definitely discouraged me as how easy one might break a wire, in addition to automatically void the warranty as soon as you open up the case.

I am aware of those who have issues with Asus customer service as well as buying a lemon. But the usability and the really long battery power really made me decide to take a chance / leap of faith.

The matte shell and screen make the machine a perfect companion on the road, especially when using it outdoors. There are a lot fewer fingerprints and a lot less glare which are more suiting for the eyes.

The machine boots up very quickly and has a very bright screen. I was initially a bit worried about the chiclet keys, whether there might be too much space among the keys but it turned out the space was minimal and works well for me. The location of the special keys is similar to my SONY VAIO so it did not take much time for me to get adjusted to the smaller keyboard.

After successfully installing the final part of pre-installed Windows 7 Starter and confirming the machine was working correctly (took about 10 to 15 minutes), I went ahead and downloaded all the drivers from Asus Download site, including the latest BIOS as I would be reformatting the drive and installing Windows 7 Professional. At the time the direct BIOS upgrade from the internet did not work but downloading and installing the file did. Also note that the drivers are not always sorted by the version and you have to look at each one carefully to download the latest version.

The machine runs quite well even with just 1GB memory except with the more frequent hard drive access.

I then upgraded the memory to 2GB with Crucial DDR3 1333. Crucial Memory Advisor tool will guide you to the right memory and I like how the company guarantees the compatibility. I had tried a few others (Super Talent and Hynix) and my machine either would not recognize and boot up, would not boot up after restarting the machine, or I had to wait for a few minutes after shutdown before being able to reboot. The Amazon's "Frequently Bought Together" incorrectly picked DDR2 memory as part of the package. It should have been DDR3 instead. There is a separate door just for the memory so the upgrade was a breeze and you just have to make sure you push the memory all the way into the slot (seating.) To confirm I also hit F2 when starting the machine to validate it is loaded with 2GB memory. The additional memory did not dramatically increase the performance though it definitely significantly decreases the usage of the hard drive.

While the machine works overall very well to my needs (internet and a few MS apps), I did find the touch pad to be overly sensitive. I downloaded and installed the latest ELAN and Synaptics TouchPad drivers and was then able to change the Palm Tracking Setting to less sensitive. The large smooth touch pad that causes the accidental and easily palm over makes the touchpad almost useless unless you have the netbook way sitting below your palm when typing.

Battery wise it's about 7 to around 10 hours of normal usage (surfing, documents, installing and running software, etc.) which is extremely good. Though I did find the machine was getting quite warm after about 5 hours of usage and when charging the battery. The battery charger also gets quite hot after a few hours of charging. The battery meter is somewhat accurate on the overall percentage but does fluctuate every few minutes or and can easily go up and down +/- 10 to 20 minutes.

The following were the steps I took to install Windows 7 Professional that should work in general:
1) Use a 4GB USB drive (any drive that has 3GB or more), format it through Windows Explorer with NTFS

2) Download and install MBRWizard. Open up command prompt and type: mbrwiz /list

3) Find the Disk number that belongs to the USB drive (usually 1 or higher as 0 is most likely your system / primary drive. Run the command: mbrwiz /disk=1 /active=1
In this case 1 is the USB drive. Type "Y" to confirm. Run this command again to confirm the drive is active: mbrwiz /list

4) Run the following command to set the USB drive to be bootable:
e:\boot\bootsect /nt60 D:
E: being the Windows 7 CD drive and D: being the USB drive

5) Copy all Windows 7 Professional files to the USB drive.

6) Copy all contents from the current netbook C: drive to the USB drive as a backup.

7) Download all drivers from Asus Download site to the USB drive. Also download anti-virus / firewall software such as AVG and ZoneAlarm to the USB drive.

8) With the USB drive plugged in, reboot machine and hit F2 to get into BIOS setting. In Boot -> Boot Settings. You will now see Boot Device Priority and Hard Disk Drives. Choosing Removable Device as the first boot priority would not work since the USB drive is actually categorized as a hard drive instead. Choose Hard Drive Disks and you will see the USB drive as well as the C: drive. Move the USB drive to the first priority and have the hard drive (C:) as second. Keep the first boot priority as Hard Disk.

9) Follow the Windows formatting and installing. Make sure you unplug the USB drive when Windows restarts after completing the installation and hit F2 to change the BIOS setting back to using C: as the first hard drive.

10) Install all the drivers especially the screen resolution, ELAN and Synaptics touch pad devices, latest BIOS, firewall and anti-virus programs.

11) Install the LAN driver and you should be good to go.

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Little Netbook, September 9, 2010 Bought this netbook awhile ago for class (college) and I love every moment I've spent with it.

PROS:
-Battery Life,I get about 10 hours which is phenomenal...no other netbook has been closer to Asus' EEE battery life thanks to the Super Hybrid Engine.(I mainly use it for surfing web while typing text documents @ 87% right now, its reading 9 hours and 45 minutes.)
-Charging Speed, it takes only 2 hours or a little more to fully charge this netbook. That's quick in return for 10 hours of battery life!
-Keyboard, though smaller than standard desktops and laptops, is still pretty large in general. If you're a very skilled typist this keyboard will have no problems for you. (I'm typing this review at full speed on this netbook.) While the SHIFT key to the right is smaller, it's not a very significant problem for me because I always use the left SHIFT key regardless of the keyboard.
-Performance, though its specifications aren't anything to get excited about, for ordinary usage, it's surprisingly fast. Even on 1GB Ram. You should understand that netbooks are not laptop replacements. And it also means you should use lighter, less resource hogging softwares.
-Matte Screen, prevents glare indoors and outdoors. Most computers still have glossy screens that are practically mirrors, but this netbook doesn't. It saves you from annoying glare and reflections.
-Matte Shell still attracts grease but fingerprints are hardly seen. A significant improvement to previous EEE netbooks.
-Touchpad, is a significant improvement from the old dotted grid that Asus used in previous models. Its sensitivity can be customized to your liking so for me, it's just as good as any other laptop's touchpad. The right/left click buttons aren't too stiff so it's just right.
-Speakers are surprisingly loud and audio quality is decent.
-Webcam shutter is not really necessary but it's a nice thing to have. If you're webcamming someone and want to do something really quickly but privately (like fixing a wedgie or changing) you can just slip the shutter over to "off" and then shift it back over to "on" when you're done. No need to physically log off or turn off your webcam.

CONS:
-Windows 7 Starter has its limitations, but that can be changed with the provided "Windows Anytime Upgrade" which upgrades your Windows quickly.
-Webcam is only 0.3 megapixels. That's not very clear, but you shouldn't be constantly webcamming on a netbook anyway.
-Comes with unnecessary stickers boasting about it's battery life and other specs, but you can take them off if you'd like to.
-There's a bunch of secondary shortcuts (fn+F1,2,3...etc.). They're handy to have, but they're not really explained...even in the manual. But you can figure them out rather quickly after the first or second use.

So overall if you need to surf the web on the go and type up documents or even for social networking (email, IM, Skype/Oovoo, etc.) this netbook does the work quickly and perfectly.It's battery life is alone, a reason to choose this netbook over all the others on the market. Asus has perfected the art of netbooks and incorporated it into the EEE 1015ped-p.

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100 of 127 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars May be a decent computer, but service is poor., August 26, 2010 This review is from: ASUS Eee PC 1015PED-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black) (Personal Computers) A couple of months ago, I received the precursor to this netbook, and was fairly impressed with it. What happened to me is important for potential buyers of the current item, as well. Bear with me, as any potential purchaser should be aware of what may happen should there be any defect in the ASUS item they receive.

At the beginning of my review, let me recommend the review by "Turtle James," which is currently the top review for ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU27-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook (Up to 14 Hours of Battery Life). He includes much helpful information about the setup of this netbook, and I find his information to be quite flawless, though I'm not sure it is necessary to combine the partitions of the hard drive. The computer itself seemed to run well, and was not nearly as slow as some people make it out to be, but it is with regret that I must tell the tale of the defective charger, which turned the computer into an expensive paperweight.

I followed the instructions in the manual (which matches Turtle James's review well) regarding the charging of the netbook, and I think I would have discovered a quite long battery life as a result, if I would have kept it long enough to evaluate that part. However, I encountered a problem with a small defect that made the netbook unusable.

The charger, the AC adapter that plugs into the power outlet was unusual from the beginning. After the first charge, I noticed that the blue light that lights up on the charger would stay lit for a while after unplugging from any power source. Not having any experience with this particular adapter before, I was not sure if that was normal, and in fact am still not sure.

After going through two cycles of charging and depleting the battery, as instructed, I attempted to charge the netbook for the third time, and behold, the charger did not work at all. When this happens, one cannot charge the netbook, and therefore cannot use it until one obtains a new charger. Buying a new charger after only two charges is in my opinion ridiculous, and to be avoided on principle.

So, I set about to rectify the situation, first calling the manufacturer, ASUS (pronounced ay-soos' by the service personnel). After messing about for some time trying different things with the technician, it became apparent that the charger must be defective. They said I could begin the process for an RMA, if I like, and I did like that idea, until I got further into the details.

It came as a surprise to me that ASUS would require me to send the defective part back to them first, upon receipt of which, they would begin the process to send me a new part that functioned correctly. I was informed that the RMA process at that point would take 10 - 14 business days. I asked what shipping method would be used to send the new part to me, and was informed it would be Fed-Ex...Ground.

The entire process, therefore, would take about a month to get what was rightfully mine in the first place for having purchased the device, after which I would not be able to return the device.

So, I chose to return the device to Amazon instead, because I learned the valuable lesson of what it is like to deal with the ASUS service department. I cannot thank ASUS enough for clarifying to me what type of company I was dealing with when purchasing their magnificent piece of . . . gadgetry.

I also made the mistake of ordering RAM and a case for the netbook at the same time, accessories I had no further need of, so I returned those as well. Amazon, being a company with integrity, refunded the entire amount. This has also been a valuable lesson on the folly of purchasing accessories before being certain the main product is stable.

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# 9: ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-RD 10.1-inch Netbook (red)

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86 89 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars great!, October 04, 2010, I just received my 1015PEM Friday. I created an installation USB of Ubuntu and installed a 2 GB stick of RAM DDR3 that I had.

The latest beta version of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick 64 bits are running, and it is fantastic! Everything works smooth and buttery is working right out (for those of you using Ubuntu/Linux, the wireless driver Broadcom driver is used, just install via ethernet connection at first)

QuickSnap keys and not of smooth, shiny and extra comfortable to type on. The transition from a full-sized Mac keyboard for this little boy and had no problems.

The speakers are LOUD at full volume, for a small thing. Now outshine my 3810t Acer with ' Dolby ' experience.

The power is superbly small.

I was able to look good for hulu, etc.

Last but not least, youtube 720 p flash is a little shaky, but some updates in the future can solve this problem (that is, after all, linux. Flash runs much faster on Windows). Given that, it is not really necessary for 720 p as maxes out out of screen resolution to 1024 x 600, 480 p looks and works fine.

Finally, the battery life is suspended:

No regrets!

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Another nice Asus Netbook, October 21, 2010 I bought this drive and immediately loaded with 2 GB of ram, Windows 7 Professional, Office 2010 and Itunes. Also linked to my phone via Bluetooth and usb X Droid so I can navigate while on the go. I'm loving this machine now. It is much more portable than my laptop. I used everywhere, including the waiting room at my doctor's Office and waiting to get my car serviced. I can run the following command with no problems at all: Hulu, Netflix Streaming, Slingbox, Sunday night football streaming and more.

FYI, I am using this memory that I found on Amazon:
http://www.Amazon.com/gp/product/B002IV7FPM? ie = UTF8 & tag = PC-Notebooks-ACC-20 & creativeASIN = B002IV7FPM
I read that the latest models of Asus can be picky about which memory will work with them.

I have not tried to run HD videos or any game yet, but I'll post an update when I do. Let me know if there are some games or media you want to try.

The only bummer is that once you refresh your memory and operating system, the cost gets closer to that of a laptop with much more features and performance. The creator of deal is however the epic battery life with this netbook. Get about 8 hours with everything turned on (i.e., Bluetooth and wifi). My laptop work gets about three hours. lol

Do not take into account the economic netbooks! I used a lot of them. The dual processor is to get 1015pem!

***** UPDATE MEMORY UPGRADE ISSUES: *****

If you are having problems with upgrading your memory, try installing the latest firmware. You can download the firmware directly from the website of Asus support.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars-machine little solid, 12 October 2010 are in the market for a netbook, decided to bite the bullet, when these became available with the dual core processor. This is my first netbook and only experience with one, then take my review for what it's worth. Had a couple of days before you upgraded to 2 gb (no questions, absolute must) and immediately update the BIOS after installing and running.

Nice little compact dimensions. Relatively thin and not too heavy. The matte black has a rather strange, seems to have almost a bluish tint, which I thought was rather peculiar. Attracts fingerprints any more than I thought it would be, maybe not so much as a glossy, but reveal.

Screen looks good, not notice any dead pixels. There's some bloatware, but not too much. I removed most of it, including most Add-ons asus. Keychains takes a little getting used to as I get used to a full size standard board layout and this has a couple of different things about it. General it doesnt seem to be difficult to use. Mine seems to have a little flex around the g and H keys. This is a tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-thud when it hits the H key. I find this to be a bit annoying, distracting, and then together with demotion from a perfect 5--perhaps I am a bit harsh, but I was disappointed.

Haven't really put the battery of tests like this sit on my couch and AC power is always reachable. Have had problems with wireless, signal holds well and haven't deleted a connection from my linksys router. It seems to get quite hot after some use while on your lap and the fan is a bit stronger than what I expected to be up when spooling. The heat and fan noise are known from the side and not enough to anchor points total. Maybe it's really cool and quiet for his class, as I said, this is my first netbook.

The touchpad responds well and feels pretty intuitive. I don't care for the touchpad, but find that this is fairly easy. The mouse-button may be a bit smoother, but I prefer touching the pad for the mouse to click in each case. Apparently there is suppose to be a certain type of "crushes" zoom with the touchpad. Doesn't seem to work, or perhaps unistalled software that supports it, or maybe just do not know how to make it work. For some reason, not motivate thought it actually working, I just have to understand.

Webcam works well, it gets the job done. The image is clear from the other side, so I was told, and the mic chooses well enough. The speakers are quite decent for what they are. Its not gonna throw his party, but if three is a crowd, can provide a broad musical background.

Overall more use it more I really like it. Super handy for internet conveniences and very portable. My only let downs are: the problem of keyboard, windows 7 is pretty limited, but really not all these machines are designed to do. I feel in this moment of price that should come with 2 gb installed. + $ 400 after ram upgrade and throw another + $ 80 dollars for genuine Windows 7 upgrade and is nearing full size portable prices.

Really I'm satisfied with it being a netbook and recommend it to anyone shopping for one. Was some adjustment going from my desktop (i7 920/6 gb/win 7 pro 64) and then jump into this little guy. When I remember that its just a netbook, I'm very happy with it.

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# 2: ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK 10.1-inch Netbook (black)

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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, October 4, 2010 I just got my 1015PEM on Friday. I created a USB install of Ubuntu and installed a 2 GB stick of DDR3 RAM I had.

I'm running the latest Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick 64 bit beta, and it's fantastic! Everything works smooth and buttery is working right off (for those of you also using Ubuntu/Linux, the wireless drivers use the Broadcom drivers, just install is via ethernet connection at first)

The keys and palmrests of smooth, not shiny, and extra comfortable to type on. I transitioned from a full-sized Mac keyboard to this little guy and had no problems adjusting.

The speakers are LOUD at full volume, for such a little thing. To outshine my Acer 3810t with Dolby's Experience '.

The power supply is superbly small.

I've been able to watch hulu, etc, just fine.

Last but not least, youtube 720 p flash is a little jittery, but some updates in the future may fix this (this is after all, linux. Flash runs MUCH faster on Windows). Given that, there's really no need for 720 p as the screen's resolution maxes out out at 1024 by 600, 480 p looks (and works) just fine.

Finally, the battery life is outstanding:)

No regrets!

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Another end Asus Netbook, October 21, 2010 This review is from: ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black) (Personal Computers) I purchased this unit and immediately loaded it with 2 GB of ram, Windows 7 Professional, Office 2010, and Itunes. I also tether it to my Droid X cell phone via usb and Bluetooth so I can surf while on the go. I'm loving this machine right now. It's much more portable than my work laptop. I have used it everywhere including the waiting room at my doctor's office and while waiting to get my car serviced. I'm able to run the following with no problems at all: Hulu, Netflix Streaming, Slingbox, Sunday Night Football streaming, and more.

FYI, I'm using this memory I found on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002IV7FPM?ie=UTF8&tag=pc-notebook-acc-20&creativeASIN=B002IV7FPM
I've read that the newer Asus models can be picky about which memory will work with them.

I haven't tried to run HD videos or any games yet but I'll post an update when I do. Let me know if there are some games or media you want me to try.

The only bummer is that once you upgrade the memory and the OS, the costs gets closer to that of a laptop with a lot more performance and features. The deal maker however is the epic battery life with this netbook. I get around 8 hours with everything turned on (i.e. Bluetooth, and wifi). My work laptop gets about three hours. lol

Don't consider the cheap netbooks! I've used a lot of them. The dual processor 1015pem is the one to get!

** *** UPDATE: MEMORY UPGRADE PROBLEMS *****

If you are having problems with upgrading the memory, try installing the latest firmware. You can download the firmware directly from the Asus support website.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars-solid little machine, October 12, 2010 This review is from: ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black) (Personal Computers) I've been in the market for a netbook, decided to bite the bullet when these became available with the N550 dual core processor. This is my first netbook and only experience with one, so take my review for what it's worth. Had it a few days before I upgraded to 2 GB (no questions asked, absolute must-see) and immediately upgraded the BIOS after setup and running.

Nice little compact size. Relatively thin and not too heavy. The black matte has a rather odd hue, it seems almost having a blueish tint, which I thought was rather peculiar. It attracts finger prints more than I thought it would, maybe not as much as a gloss finish, but they do show up.

Screen seems alright, didn't notice any dead pixels. There is some bloatware, but not an excessive amount. I removed the majority of it including most of the asus Add-ons. The key board takes a little getting used to as I'm accustom him to a full size standard board and this layout has a few different things about it. Overall it dosen ' t seem difficult to use. Mine appears to have a little flex around the G and H keys. With that is a tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-thud when striking the H key. I find this to be a little annoying, along with distracting, hence demotion from a perfect 5--maybe I'm a little harsh, but I was disappointed in the fact.

Haven't really put the battery to test as this sits on my couch and AC power is always within reach. Have had no wireless issues, holds signal well and haven't dropped connection from my linksys router. It does seem to get pretty warm after some use while on your lap, and the fan is a little louder than I expected it to be when spooled up. The heat and fan noise are side notes, and not enough to dock any overall points. Maybe it's actually cool and quiet for its class, like I said, this is my first netbook.

The touchpad responds well and feels pretty intuitive. I don't care for touch pads, but find this one is easy enough. The mouse button clicks could be a little softer to use but I prefer tapping the mouse pad for clicking anyway. Apparently there is suppose to be some "pinch" type zooming with the touchpad. It doesn't appear to work, or maybe I unistalled the software that supports it, or maybe I just don't really know how to make it work. For some reason, the thought of it actually working, doesn't motivated me enough to figure it out.

Webcam works fine, gets the job done. Picture is clear from the other side, so I've been told, and the mic picks up well enough. The speakers are pretty decent for what they are. Its not gonna throw your party, but if three's a crowd, it can provide ample background music.

Overall the more I use it the more I really like it. Super handy for internet conveniences and very portable. My only let downs are: the keyboard issue, windows 7 is pretty limited, but really it does everything these machines are intended to do. I feel at this price point, it should come with 2 gb installed. + $ 400 after the ram upgrade and throw another + $ 80 bucks for real Windows 7 upgrade and you're approaching full size laptop pricing.

Really I am satisfied with it being a netbook, and would recommend it to anybody shopping around for one. It was some adjustment going from my desktop (i7 920/6 GB ram/win 7 pro 64) and then jumping into this little guy. When I remind myself that its only a netbook, I'm pretty happy with it.

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# 7: ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-WT 10.1-inch Netbook (white)

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86 89 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars great!, October 04, 2010, I just received my 1015PEM Friday. I created an installation USB of Ubuntu and installed a 2 GB stick of RAM DDR3 that I had.

The latest beta version of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick 64 bits are running, and it is fantastic! Everything works smooth and buttery is working right out (for those of you using Ubuntu/Linux, the wireless driver Broadcom driver is used, just install via ethernet connection at first)

QuickSnap keys and not of smooth, shiny and extra comfortable to type on. The transition from a full-sized Mac keyboard for this little boy and had no problems.

The speakers are LOUD at full volume, for a small thing. Now outshine my 3810t Acer with ' Dolby ' experience.

The power is superbly small.

I was able to look good for hulu, etc.

Last but not least, youtube 720 p flash is a little shaky, but some updates in the future can solve this problem (that is, after all, linux. Flash runs much faster on Windows). Given that, it is not really necessary for 720 p as maxes out out of screen resolution to 1024 x 600, 480 p looks and works fine.

Finally, the battery life is suspended:

No regrets!

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Another nice Asus Netbook, October 21, 2010 I bought this drive and immediately loaded with 2 GB of ram, Windows 7 Professional, Office 2010 and Itunes. Also linked to my phone via Bluetooth and usb X Droid so I can navigate while on the go. I'm loving this machine now. It is much more portable than my laptop. I used everywhere, including the waiting room at my doctor's Office and waiting to get my car serviced. I can run the following command with no problems at all: Hulu, Netflix Streaming, Slingbox, Sunday night football streaming and more.

FYI, I am using this memory that I found on Amazon:
http://www.Amazon.com/gp/product/B002IV7FPM? ie = UTF8 & tag = PC-Notebooks-ACC-20 & creativeASIN = B002IV7FPM
I read that the latest models of Asus can be picky about which memory will work with them.

I have not tried to run HD videos or any game yet, but I'll post an update when I do. Let me know if there are some games or media you want to try.

The only bummer is that once you refresh your memory and operating system, the cost gets closer to that of a laptop with much more features and performance. The creator of deal is however the epic battery life with this netbook. Get about 8 hours with everything turned on (i.e., Bluetooth and wifi). My laptop work gets about three hours. lol

Do not take into account the economic netbooks! I used a lot of them. The dual processor is to get 1015pem!

***** UPDATE MEMORY UPGRADE ISSUES: *****

If you are having problems with upgrading your memory, try installing the latest firmware. You can download the firmware directly from the website of Asus support.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars-machine little solid, 12 October 2010 are in the market for a netbook, decided to bite the bullet, when these became available with the dual core processor. This is my first netbook and only experience with one, then take my review for what it's worth. Had a couple of days before you upgraded to 2 gb (no questions, absolute must) and immediately update the BIOS after installing and running.

Nice little compact dimensions. Relatively thin and not too heavy. The matte black has a rather strange, seems to have almost a bluish tint, which I thought was rather peculiar. Attracts fingerprints any more than I thought it would be, maybe not so much as a glossy, but reveal.

Screen looks good, not notice any dead pixels. There's some bloatware, but not too much. I removed most of it, including most Add-ons asus. Keychains takes a little getting used to as I get used to a full size standard board layout and this has a couple of different things about it. General it doesnt seem to be difficult to use. Mine seems to have a little flex around the g and H keys. This is a tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-thud when it hits the H key. I find this to be a bit annoying, distracting, and then together with demotion from a perfect 5--perhaps I am a bit harsh, but I was disappointed.

Haven't really put the battery of tests like this sit on my couch and AC power is always reachable. Have had problems with wireless, signal holds well and haven't deleted a connection from my linksys router. It seems to get quite hot after some use while on your lap and the fan is a bit stronger than what I expected to be up when spooling. The heat and fan noise are known from the side and not enough to anchor points total. Maybe it's really cool and quiet for his class, as I said, this is my first netbook.

The touchpad responds well and feels pretty intuitive. I don't care for the touchpad, but find that this is fairly easy. The mouse-button may be a bit smoother, but I prefer touching the pad for the mouse to click in each case. Apparently there is suppose to be a certain type of "crushes" zoom with the touchpad. Doesn't seem to work, or perhaps unistalled software that supports it, or maybe just do not know how to make it work. For some reason, not motivate thought it actually working, I just have to understand.

Webcam works well, it gets the job done. The image is clear from the other side, so I was told, and the mic chooses well enough. The speakers are quite decent for what they are. Its not gonna throw his party, but if three is a crowd, can provide a broad musical background.

Overall more use it more I really like it. Super handy for internet conveniences and very portable. My only let downs are: the problem of keyboard, windows 7 is pretty limited, but really not all these machines are designed to do. I feel in this moment of price that should come with 2 gb installed. + $ 400 after ram upgrade and throw another + $ 80 dollars for genuine Windows 7 upgrade and is nearing full size portable prices.

Really I'm satisfied with it being a netbook and recommend it to anyone shopping for one. Was some adjustment going from my desktop (i7 920/6 gb/win 7 pro 64) and then jump into this little guy. When I remember that its just a netbook, I'm very happy with it.

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# 3: ASUS Eee PC 1001PX-27-BK 10.1-inch Netbook (black)


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# 10: ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-RD 10.1-inch Netbook (red)

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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars great!, October 04, 2010, I just received my 1015PEM Friday. I created an installation USB of Ubuntu and installed a 2 GB stick of RAM DDR3 that I had.

The latest beta version of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick 64 bits are running, and it is fantastic! Everything works smooth and buttery is working right out (for those of you using Ubuntu/Linux, the wireless driver Broadcom driver is used, just install via ethernet connection at first)

QuickSnap keys and not of smooth, shiny and extra comfortable to type on. The transition from a full-sized Mac keyboard for this little boy and had no problems.

The speakers are LOUD at full volume, for a small thing. Now outshine my 3810t Acer with ' Dolby ' experience.

The power is superbly small.

I was able to look good for hulu, etc.

Last but not least, youtube 720 p flash is a little shaky, but some updates in the future can solve this problem (that is, after all, linux. Flash runs much faster on Windows). Given that, it is not really necessary for 720 p as maxes out out of screen resolution to 1024 x 600, 480 p looks and works fine.

Finally, the battery life is suspended:

No regrets!

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Another nice Asus Netbook, October 21, 2010 I bought this drive and immediately loaded with 2 GB of ram, Windows 7 Professional, Office 2010 and Itunes. Also linked to my phone via Bluetooth and usb X Droid so I can navigate while on the go. I'm loving this machine now. It is much more portable than my laptop. I used everywhere, including the waiting room at my doctor's Office and waiting to get my car serviced. I can run the following command with no problems at all: Hulu, Netflix Streaming, Slingbox, Sunday night football streaming and more.

FYI, I am using this memory that I found on Amazon:
http://www.Amazon.com/gp/product/B002IV7FPM? ie = UTF8 & tag = PC-Notebooks-ACC-20 & creativeASIN = B002IV7FPM
I read that the latest models of Asus can be picky about which memory will work with them.

I have not tried to run HD videos or any game yet, but I'll post an update when I do. Let me know if there are some games or media you want to try.

The only bummer is that once you refresh your memory and operating system, the cost gets closer to that of a laptop with much more features and performance. The creator of deal is however the epic battery life with this netbook. Get about 8 hours with everything turned on (i.e., Bluetooth and wifi). My laptop work gets about three hours. lol

Do not take into account the economic netbooks! I used a lot of them. The dual processor is to get 1015pem!

***** UPDATE MEMORY UPGRADE ISSUES: *****

If you are having problems with upgrading your memory, try installing the latest firmware. You can download the firmware directly from the website of Asus support.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars-machine little solid, 12 October 2010 are in the market for a netbook, decided to bite the bullet, when these became available with the dual core processor. This is my first netbook and only experience with one, then take my review for what it's worth. Had a couple of days before you upgraded to 2 gb (no questions, absolute must) and immediately update the BIOS after installing and running.

Nice little compact dimensions. Relatively thin and not too heavy. The matte black has a rather strange, seems to have almost a bluish tint, which I thought was rather peculiar. Attracts fingerprints any more than I thought it would be, maybe not so much as a glossy, but reveal.

Screen looks good, not notice any dead pixels. There's some bloatware, but not too much. I removed most of it, including most Add-ons asus. Keychains takes a little getting used to as I get used to a full size standard board layout and this has a couple of different things about it. General it doesnt seem to be difficult to use. Mine seems to have a little flex around the g and H keys. This is a tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-thud when it hits the H key. I find this to be a bit annoying, distracting, and then together with demotion from a perfect 5--perhaps I am a bit harsh, but I was disappointed.

Haven't really put the battery of tests like this sit on my couch and AC power is always reachable. Have had problems with wireless, signal holds well and haven't deleted a connection from my linksys router. It seems to get quite hot after some use while on your lap and the fan is a bit stronger than what I expected to be up when spooling. The heat and fan noise are known from the side and not enough to anchor points total. Maybe it's really cool and quiet for his class, as I said, this is my first netbook.

The touchpad responds well and feels pretty intuitive. I don't care for the touchpad, but find that this is fairly easy. The mouse-button may be a bit smoother, but I prefer touching the pad for the mouse to click in each case. Apparently there is suppose to be a certain type of "crushes" zoom with the touchpad. Doesn't seem to work, or perhaps unistalled software that supports it, or maybe just do not know how to make it work. For some reason, not motivate thought it actually working, I just have to understand.

Webcam works well, it gets the job done. The image is clear from the other side, so I was told, and the mic chooses well enough. The speakers are quite decent for what they are. Its not gonna throw his party, but if three is a crowd, can provide a broad musical background.

Overall more use it more I really like it. Super handy for internet conveniences and very portable. My only let downs are: the problem of keyboard, windows 7 is pretty limited, but really not all these machines are designed to do. I feel in this moment of price that should come with 2 gb installed. + $ 400 after ram upgrade and throw another + $ 80 dollars for genuine Windows 7 upgrade and is nearing full size portable prices.

Really I'm satisfied with it being a netbook and recommend it to anyone shopping for one. Was some adjustment going from my desktop (i7 920/6 gb/win 7 pro 64) and then jump into this little guy. When I remember that its just a netbook, I'm very happy with it.

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