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NintendoTogepi
January 8th, 2009, 02:45 PM
I just want something that can surf the internet, IM, etc. the very basic stuff.

Who makes the cheapest netbook? I'm looking for something in the 150-300 dollar range.

Tom Mann
January 8th, 2009, 03:10 PM
I've seen the Acer Aspire One 110 (Linux) in PC world for 170, or Acer Aspire One 150 (Linux) 200 with 120GB HDD. Bought one (150 Model), loved it, Installed Kubuntu, build a script to fix the little niggles and it runs like a dream.

You'll probably find it cheaper than PC World, I was just lazy. :KS

ugm6hr
January 8th, 2009, 03:11 PM
The original (1st gen) EEE's are pretty cheap, if you can still find one.

If you want an Atom-based device, I think the Acer Aspire One is generally the cheapest. I just got a Dell Mini 9 in the UK for 186, which compares to 175 for the Acer.

binbash
January 8th, 2009, 08:54 PM
It is not the cheapest but i strongly suggest you msi windbook , 400g less weight and 6 cell battery, if you gonna buy a netbook be sure it has 6 cell battery and it is around 1000g, otherwise you waste your time and money

smoker
January 9th, 2009, 02:00 AM
this one is 139.99 at maplin uk, though have never seen one working so i don't know how good or bad it is! but you did ask for 'cheap!'
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=225532&source=1

ajcham
January 9th, 2009, 02:27 AM
this one is 139.99 at maplin uk, though have never seen one working so i don't know how good or bad it is! but you did ask for 'cheap!'
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=225532&source=1

I notice the picture at that link describes the machine as having "2GB memory" - I would be wary of buying computer equipment from a manufacturer that doesn't understand the difference between memory and storage. That said, I've always had positive experiences with goods bought at Maplin, so who knows?

By the way here's an article regarding that laptop: http://gizmodo.com/392523/bestlink-alpha-400-the-250-eee

NintendoTogepi
January 10th, 2009, 10:01 PM
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Zill
February 10th, 2009, 10:42 PM
I have just been looking at the Maplin minibook (A98HX) for my wife to use for web browsing and email when she is out and about.

Has anyone actually used one of these units? I know the spec seems pretty naff but it looks to me that they are ideal for simple browsing purposes.

Is there any better value out there for a simple netbook?

xc1024
February 10th, 2009, 11:19 PM
anyone knows cheap but USEFUL netbook? i mean capable of running something like ubuntu.

I-75
February 11th, 2009, 12:25 AM
I just want something that can surf the internet, IM, etc. the very basic stuff.

Who makes the cheapest netbook? I'm looking for something in the 150-300 dollar range.


Micro Center

geeks.com

EBay

kamitsukai
February 11th, 2009, 12:45 AM
this one is 139.99 at maplin uk, though have never seen one working so i don't know how good or bad it is! but you did ask for 'cheap!'
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=225532&source=1

To be honest if you want cheap you cant beat the above. but if you want something which you can actually do stuff on then you cant go wrong with the dell mini 9 plus I've read somewhere that the one from Maplins has some strange obscure type of architecture which means there's no chance of getting windows on it and a slim chance of linux...

Hobgoblin
February 11th, 2009, 01:35 AM
anyone knows cheap but USEFUL netbook? i mean capable of running something like ubuntu.

The EeePC 701 range can be picked up cheaply and they run Ubuntu with a little tweaking.

glynallinson
March 28th, 2009, 03:11 PM
this one is 139.99 at maplin uk, though have never seen one working so i don't know how good or bad it is! but you did ask for 'cheap!'
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=225532&source=1


I have just been looking at the Maplin minibook (A98HX) for my wife to use for web browsing and email when she is out and about.

Has anyone actually used one of these units? I know the spec seems pretty naff but it looks to me that they are ideal for simple browsing purposes.

Is there any better value out there for a simple netbook?

I've got one of these little machines and will admit they ain't no acer, however they are an interesting little tool, once the default OS is removed. Some info on my Website under the link 3MX
http://www.taitaonline.co.uk/

Zill
March 28th, 2009, 04:45 PM
We finally took the plunge and bought a Maplin Minibook a.k.a. CnM Book. Very impressive for the money, even with the default Linux OS :-)

Don't expect it to be as extendable or configurable as a full Ubuntu installation but most essential software is already installed. The web browser is Firefox 2 (Bon Echo) and the POP3/IMAP email/contacts client is Sylpheed. Abiword and Gnumeric provide the office functionality, together with PDF and calendar apps.

Photos can be displayed full screen, and look far better than on a mobile phone display. MP3s can be played, preferably through headphones as the built in speakers are atrocious! There are even a few games included if you like to waste time. ;-)

While I wouldn't recommend it for use as a primary PC at home, it is quite adequate for use while travelling to keep in touch.

Bucky Ball
March 28th, 2009, 04:49 PM
All depends where you are. I would grab one of these but I can't get one into Australia:

http://www.cherrypal.com/products.html

Do a search on Amazon. They are $250 American.

looplu
March 30th, 2009, 01:13 PM
>>>>=Zill;6712447]I have just been looking at the Maplin minibook (A98HX) for my wife to use for web browsing and email when she is out and about.

Has anyone actually used one of these units? I know the spec seems pretty naff but it looks to me that they are ideal for simple browsing purposes.<<<<<

my mates just got one for his daughter !! its quite cool , only a 400 mhz cpu and 2 gig flash hdd, 128mb ram . but its cool and pretty fast, deal for 139..

loaded with a light linux distro, i liked it, ideal for surfing around town

aeiah
March 30th, 2009, 01:42 PM
dabs.com are currently flogging refurbed acer aspire ones for 140. they're the 512mb / 8GB models.

http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=5djr

id have jumped on it myself but i just got the 1GB / 160GB one a month ago.

install crunchbang linux on it and away you go