Looking for a new netbook... Need advice

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  1. Fikusan
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    Well, seeing as my laptop crapped out on me last quarter (and i had to resort to using my palm pilot with its portable keyboard in its place), I think it is about time I get myself to replace it. Only problem is, I hated the lack of portability of my 17" laptop, so I'm looking for something smaller (and more afordable)... I was walking around in costco today when i saw this. Now I'm not 100% thrilled with the specs, but it at least got me thinking that I should be looking for something like. So I guess I'm looking for something similar, something tiny (under 12" over 7") that will at a bare minimum play Guildwars. I don't need a super fast processor, but hopefully above 1.5 GHz+ (dual core, or 2.2 GHz+ single core). Also I'm looking to pay no more than $500 (if i really like it), but more preferably around $300. Another thing I'm worried about is battery life, my old laptop only lasted about 1 hour... which quickly died down to about 10 minutes (one of the reasons I'm kinda leaning away from said Acer i saw at Costco). I figured, with all the super smart XoO people, at least a few people might be able to help me.
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    Fiku <3
     
  2. Diranged
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    I'm not sure that you'll find a 'netbook' with a dual core processor at all. Any that I've seen usually have the Intel Atom cpu or the VIA cpu. A guy I work with has an Asus 1000H.

    He did a few upgrades afterward tho, more RAM, also soldered a USB transmitter for a wireless mouse to an internal USB slot. It worked pretty good for him, he's able to play wow, albeit on really low graphic settings. I think he gets around 5-6 hours of battery life surfin the web, or 3-4 playing games on it.

    http://www.teamdub.com/2009/04/eeeve-my-laptop/
     
  3. Fikusan
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    oh, all of the netbooks i was looking at had 2 cores xD that specific one i had in my first post had a 1.6GHz and a 1GHz when i looked up the specs in the store... Then again, maybe that was just my lack of computer knowledge xP

    Edit: also as far as the brands go, what are everyone's feelings on all of the major companies out there? My last laptop was an Acer, and though all the extra features the shoved into it were awesome, I just really didn't like how quickly it died on me. I've heard some good things about HP, and my dad keeps pushing Asus (its all he has ever gotten for as long as i can remember)
     
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  4. Fikusan
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    I've done a bit of research for myself... I read up somewhere that the acer Eee series (1000+) does a fairly decent job of playing well... these games:
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    7th guest
    Abes Oddysey
    Advanced Tactics
    Age of Empires
    Age of Empires 2
    Age of Empires 3
    Age of Mythology
    Age of Wonders 2
    Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic
    Air Strike 3D
    Albatross 18 season 3
    Alien VS predator
    Aliens vs Predator 2
    Alpha Centauri
    American Mcgees Alice
    Anachronox
    Anarchy Online
    Aquaria
    Armadillo Run
    Armageddon Empires
    Army Men RTS
    Arx Fatalis
    Audiosurf
    Axis and Allies
    Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amin & Throne of Bhaal
    Battlefield 1942
    Battlezone 2
    Beer Tycoon
    Beetle Crazy Cup
    Birth of America
    Black & White 2
    Blade Runner
    Blood 2
    Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
    Boarderzone
    Bookworm Adventures
    Broken Sword
    c&c 3 tiberium wars
    C&C Generals + Zero Hour
    C&C Gold
    C&C Red Alert
    C&C Red Alert 2
    C&C Renegade
    C&C Tiberian Sun
    Cabal
    Call Of Duty
    Call Of The Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth
    Captain Claw
    Carmageddon
    Carmageddon 2 - Carpocalypse Now
    Cesar 3
    Championship Manager 01
    Championship Manager 02
    City of Heroes
    Civcity Rome
    Civilization 2
    Civilization 3
    Civilization 4
    Close combat
    Codename Panzers Phase 1
    Colin Mcrae 2005
    Colin McRae Rally 2.0
    Comanche 4
    Combat Mission: Berlin to Barbarossa
    Commandos : Behind Enemy Lines
    Conflict Desert Storm
    Conquers Online
    Conquest of the Aegean
    Counter Strike Source
    Counterstrike 1.6, Condition Zero
    Crazy Taxi
    Crisis Z
    Crusader: No Remors
    Crusaders of Might and Magic
    Cube 2 (Sauerbraten)
    Daemon Vector
    Dark Age of Camelot
    Dawn of War
    Day of the Tentacle
    Dead Man's Hand
    DEFCON
    Delta Force 2
    Delta Force: Land Warrior
    Deus Ex
    Diablo
    Diablo 2
    Disciples 2
    Discworld 1 + 2
    Doom
    Doom 1
    Duke Nukem
    Dune 2000
    Dungeon Keeper 2
    Dungeon Runners
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    Elastomainia
    Emperor - Rise Of The Middle Kingdom
    Enigma
    Escape Velocity Nova
    Etherlords 2
    EuDemon Online
    EVE Online
    Everquest
    Evil Genius
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    F22 - ADF + TAW
    F-22 Raptor
    Fable: The Lost Chapters
    Fallout
    Fallout 2
    FarCry
    Fate
    Fate UR
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    Final Fanstay VII
    Final Fantasy 11
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    Freeciv
    Freedom Fighters
    Freedom Force Vs the Third Reich
    Freelancer
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    Galactic Civilisation 2
    Geof Crammond Grand Prix Four
    Ghost Recon: Island Thunder
    Global
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    Grand prix 2
    Grid Wars
    Grid Wars 2.
    Grim Fandango
    Ground Control
    GTA
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    GTA San Andreas
    GTA Vice City
    Guild Wars Prophecies
    Guild Wars: Eye of the North
    Guild Wars: Factions
    Guild Wars: Nightfall
    Guild Wars: Prophecies
    Guilty Gear XX
    Gunz The Duel
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    Hacker's Elite.
    Half-Life 1
    Half-Life 2
    Half-Life 2: Episode 2
    Halo Combat Evolved
    Halo Custom Edition
    Hardwar
    Harry Potter and the philosopher's Stone
    Heavy Metall: F.A.K.K. 2
    Hegemonia: Legions of Iron
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    Heroes of Might and Magic
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    Heroes of Might and Magic 4
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    Hidden And Dangerous Deluxe
    Highway to the Reich
    Hitman
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    Homeworld
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    Icewind Dale 1
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    Leisure Suit Larry
    light Simulator 2004
    Lineage II
    Live for Speed
    Lord of the Rings Online
    LOTR: Online
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    M.A.X 2
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    Mafia
    Magic the Gathering
    Manhunt
    Maplestory
    Marathon
    Master Of Orion III
    Max Payne 1
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    Mechwarrior 3
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    Messiah
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    Need for Speed 3 Hot Pursuit
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    NetPanzer
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    Populous 3 : the begining
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    Project IGI
    Psychonauts
    Quake
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    Quake 3 Arena
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    Ragnarok Online
    Rainbow Six
    Rainbow Six 3
    Rally Masters
    Rally2000
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    Rayman 3
    Recoil
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    RED FACTION
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    Resident Evil 2
    Resident Evil 3
    Return to Castle Wolfenstein
    Return to castle Wolfenstein
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    Revolt
    RF Online
    Rise of Rome
    Road To Rome
    RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
    RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
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    Rubies of eventide
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    Sam & Max season 1
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    Screamer 4x4
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    Second Life
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    Serious Sam: Second Encounter
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    Shogo: Mobile Armor Division
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    Sim City 3000
    Sim City 4
    Simpsons hit and run
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    Soldier Of Fortune 2
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    Space Empires 5
    Space Empires IV
    Splinter Cell
    Spore
    STALKER
    Star Ocean 2 PCSX
    Star Trek DS9 The Fallen
    Star Trek Klingon Academy
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    Star Trek: Birth of the Federation
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    Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds
    Star Wars Jedi Knight 1
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    Star Wars KotOR
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    Starfleet Command 2
    Starlancer
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    StepMania
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    Stronghold
    Survival Crisis Z
    SWAT 4
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    The Longest Journey
    The Movies
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    Thief : The Dark Project
    Thief Deadly Shadows
    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Sheild
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    Top Spin 1
    Total Annihilation
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    Wolfeinsten: ennemy territory
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    X-Men Legends II
    ZDaemon
    Zombie Shooter
    Zoo tycoon 2
    ZQuest
    And seeing as GW is on that list, its more than enough for me to like said series... I was somewhat fond of the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA netbook, It's battery life... is well 4 or so hours more than what i expected, its price is decent, its speed is okay, everything else is basically at standard quality, what do you all think?
     
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    my wife and I both have the Acer that you linked in your original post (yes, from costco here too) and we love them. lightweight, wireless connectivity, you can upgrade through your cellular company to a 3g connection if you wish(I believe.) anyways, not much for gaming, but I do a lot of field work and it's just not practical for me to bring my gaming laptop everywhere. heh, now I leave it in the office...MWUAHAHA.

    we've had no problems with them at all so far, and we've had them about 4 months now.
     
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    ps. battery life on the acer netbook is ridiculous. I can go for days before I need to recharge the battery. just fyi.
     
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    I have an MSI 120 and it's awesome. I've even managed to play WoW on it. . .

    Last night I finally took the plunge and installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix and it truly does zip along like a very zippy thing now.
     
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    If you are looking for a gaming laptop, a netbook is most certainly not the way to go. A netbook may play Guild Wars, but on the lowest setting and resolution. You'll want a laptop with a real video card to do gaming... and that means lots more money or lots less battery life.
     
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