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    My lappy is 4 years old and I am thinking of buying something new. Im interested in netbook. These look interesting and seem to get a good review.

    http://www.kogan.com.au/shop/kogan-agora-netbook-pro/

    Aussie brand too (unusually)

    Looking at other options such as a 12" screen notebook, but slim, light and compact is high on my list of wants. A colleague mentioned the new Sony Vaios are good but a bit pricey for my liking.


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    Re: Netbook

    The Kogans are okay price wise for the hardware - but you should be aware that theyre running gOS - a linux distribution, so if youre not comfortable not using Windows youll need to look elsewhere. Im also not sure that the build quality on the Kogans is all that great in comparison with some of the name brands (but when youre paying $500, maybe you have to expect this). Also, not sure how good Kogans warranty support is.
    There are plenty of netbook options if youre happy with a 10" screen. Asus have a lot of 10" variants (too many perhaps - it gets a bit confusing arfter a while), and the Samsung 10" models also have excellent battery life.
    In my opinion, the Vaios are overpriced given where the rest of the market is at price-wise (their RRP is $999) whereas the Samsung (with nearly equivalent specs) has an RRP of $699.
    The HP Minis might also be worth a look.
    Basically, most of the 10" netbooks are very similar - same res screen, same processor, RAM and 160gb hard drive. Many of them run Windows XP. Some of them use solid state drives rather than standard hard drives, but this will limit you to maybe 16Gb of built in storage (depending on model), also a few (like the Kogan) run Linux rather than windows.

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    Re: Netbook

    Gday Flynn.

    A Macbook (not pro) might suit your wants/budget. These area all capable of running Windows now if OSX scares you. We bought one of the 12" mac books a few years back and have been really happy with it.

    Lenovo offer some great quality machines also. $439 dollars is hard to beat though :)

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    Thanks jakes

    A colleague bought a Kogan and reckons its OK. Their lower price is due to direct-marketing. Im not sure about warranty. They have 2gig RAM which is tick in *its favour as most other netbooks only offer one.

    Im fairly familiar with Linux - have Kubuntu on a current PC and have used/tried other distros in the past. At least one Kogan user have given gOS the flick and installed the Win 7 RC.

    Ive seen the HPs and have them on a tentative shortlist. Ill give Samsung a nod.

    Name means a lot but not everything. My last two desktops have been no-names. Ive sworn off Dell after my colleague bought one last year and has had to have several support visits.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2E2C3D382E2524234D0 link=1251091962/2#2 date=1251097509
    A Macbook (not pro) might suit your wants/budget.
    Thanks. I think Ill give the Mac a miss. Ive been a Mac user much longer than a Windows user so Im not against them; I just dont think they offer as-good value for money. I also thought if portability is something Im after I could go and iPhone but I think a computer is the way to go.

    Another downside of the netbook is the need to buy an external DVD burner - an extra $150 on top. Ill keep looking.

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    I bought the msi wind u100, and have been very happy with it. Can pm you the details of the company I bought it from if you are interested? One of the guys from the store is very active in the whirlpool forums providing support.
    As far as the external dvd is concerned if you have another computer available, there is little need to bother with it. All you will need to do to install software (in most cases) is copy it across to a usb stick, or install across a network having shared your dvd drive on the other pc.
    I have Ubuntu running on mine, and havent had need of a dvd drive at all.

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    Re: Netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by 424740404F4B402E0 link=1251091962/4#4 date=1251102454
    I bought the msi wind u100
    Thanks linaen. Thats cool for the time being but Ill check out the specs. Thx

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    Re: Netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by 333631313E3A315F0 link=1251091962/4#4 date=1251102454
    I bought the msi wind u100
    I bought my netbook from Aldi late last year which is this one, but with a different name (Medion). (to replace my heavy-ish 15" Asus)

    I use it at work, and whilst the lack of DVD drive was a bit of a hassle at first, as linnaen says, its reasonably easy to work around.

    I love its portability, and its been very reliable so far, but I dont know if I would want it as my only computer.

    A powerful computer with a big widescreen monitor is always nice to use *:)


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    Flynn
    if you can wait a few weeks i will be getting one of these "HP Mini 2140 Notebook PC" from Teched and can then advise on the quality, it comes loaded with Win 7.
    By all reports they are supposed to reasonable.

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    Re: Netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by 696467690B0 link=1251091962/7#7 date=1251116552
    if you can wait a few weeks
    I can. Not rushing out to buy yet; just researching.

    Quote Originally Posted by 696467690B0 link=1251091962/7#7 date=1251116552
    By all reports they are supposed to reasonable.
    Hardly a glowing report :)
    I could buy any number of reasonable machines, but Ill wait for your opinion.


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    Re: Netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by 0F0A0D0D02060D630 link=1251091962/4#4 date=1251102454
    I bought the msi wind u100, and have been very happy with it. Can pm you the details of the company I bought it from if you are interested?
    Had a look at this just now. Does look like a better option than the Kogan even with the higher price tag. Yes please, let me know where you bought it.

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    Re: Netbook

    Details PMd



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