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When my laptop completely died last year I was in the middle of a very busy semester studying abroad and needed a laptop that would get me through to the summer. I was in the States so I had no choice but to get an American laptop and I decided to go with this one purely because it was the cheapest.
I ordered online from Target I believe and the price was around $199, and it was at a time when the exchange rate was pretty good so I thought it was a good deal. When it arrived I liked how it was small and lightweight, how it looked very stylish and I could easily take carry it with me to campus.
As you can see in the picture this is a pink netbook, it'll be perfect for a girl in high school or anyone who doesn't mind owning a piece of electrical equipment that's pink! The keyboard itself is white and the screen has a pink border round it, approximately half an inch if I had to guess. There is a webcam installed onto the top of the screen which I found very handy for programmes such as Skype.
The battery can easily be removed should it need to be and doesn't weigh as much as some laptop's do and is securely fastened. There are three USB ports available, two on the right hand side and one on the left. There is also space for a ethernet adapter as well. As like most netbooks however, there is no internal CD/DVD player, this would have to be bought separately and attached using one of the USB slots.
On my netbook I had Windows XP installed as this was before it started to get phased out. It was the standard XP design and came with a few things already installed such as a trial version of Microsoft Office, yet many needed to be added independently.
The Harddrive for the version I had was approximately 160GB, RAM was 1GB.
While the netbook ran fine for a few months I ran into trouble less than six months down the line. Suddenly the netbook doesn't go any further than the start up screen before it reboots itself. When I returned to the UK I took it into PC World who told me it could be a update problem. I have yet to get it fixed (as students don't really have enough money to spare for PC repairs) so I'm still unclear as to what happened to it. I have been told however, that XP can get a lot of errors in their system quite easily, so I'm thinking this might be the problem. With this in mind I would advise a only going with Windows 7 and making sure you have the right security for it.
Minus the problem I had I couldn't fault the design of this netbook. I did like the design and would get a netbook again. It worked quickly and never crashed, programmes could be opened without much wait time and a few could run easily at once and the wireless device was very handy as well.
In the future I might use a more trusted company such as Dell or HP to avoid encountering the same problem and I would advise you to do the same.
I bought this netbook after using an asus eeepc at work fairly extensively. I wanted a netbook which had linux on it, and this was the one I went for in the end.
The netbook is nice and light, it is compact enough to fit into your handbag, but the keyboard is still reasonable (It is actually not much smaller than a standard keyboard, the keys down the sides , tab, return etc are noticeably narrower, and the other keys are a bit smaller, but not much). With the Asus machines I was finding I would have difficulty switching between that, my laptop and my desktop computers, however no such problem exists with this machine. The screen is really quite nice to work with, it is very clear. The webcam gives a good picture, and it has 2 memory card slots, one for SD only and one is a multi reader. The hard disk drive is not huge, however for my requirements it is adequate. The machine also looks lovely (although maybe a little girly, but I work on the theory that that makes it less stealable)
The computer comes with a version of Ubuntu installed, which is very concise and easy to use. It looks good, and is very adaptable. There are 4 programme areas; Connect, Fun, Work and Files. Each of these programme areas shows 3 icons on the screen, but it expandable to show the other icons. To change which icons are shown on your front page you just expand the programme area and drag the most used programmes into the shaded box. This will then show these icons on your desktop.
One problem I did have with this linux distribution is that I noticed in the shop that the terminal window didn't have a command prompt, and therefore was pretty useless. This would not be a big issue if you just want to surf the internet on it, however if you want to modify the software at all this would have been a problem. I brought it up at the shop, and they did fix it for me (apparently it is a bug in this release of the software and is easily fixed, it still took them 2 days and numerous visits from me telling them that they had not done it right, but there you go). The computer also comes with open office pre-installed. This is a nice little office programme which does every thing that microsoft office does, and more. It is free too, which is also a bonus.
The only downside with the software (other that the terminal bug) is that it doesn't come with skype pre-loaded. You can download skype, but you also have to download other files to get it to work.
The boot up on this computer is fantastic, it takes one minute to boot up, and 30 seconds for the wifi to connect, so less than 2 minutes from pressing the button to being online (I have used an acer aspire one running windows, and this is MUCH slower, although I didn't time it).
Overall, it is a very nice, quick and handy machine, although due to the screen size you wouldn't want to do any too complicated work on it. It is intended for surfing the internet and emailing with basic office functionality too, and these jobs it performs perfectly. It is a shame that Skype isn't on it, as it is on most other netbooks, and this is something that is not as easy to remedy as it could be. Generally though very pleased.
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