I am looking to upgrade my netbook (Acer Aspire One 532h) slightly. I have a budget of NZ$750 and have found the two main contenders: the HP dm1z and Asus 1215B. Both have an AMD E350 dual-core 1.6ghz processor and 1366X768px resolution.
After looking about on the internets, the dm1z seems to be a pain to put Ubuntu on, but the 1215B has less problems (only minor issues - sleep, volume, compared to trackpad and WIFI)
USB 3 is not a real selling point to me. I was leaning towards the HP because it is thinner (1.2" tapered to 0.8" vs 1.5" to 0.9") and generally nicer look & feel. Also keyboard looks nice.
They are priced as follows:
HP dm1z - NZ$668 (3gb RAM, 320gb HDD 7200rpm)
Asus 1215B - NZ$713 (2gb RAM, 500gb HDD 5400rpm)
Basically, what do you think? is the extra (lots..) difficulty worth it.. or go for the similar Asus and have less trouble?