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So, having recently found out that I have a stash of cash hidden I've decided to finally invest in a netbook/notebook/mini-laptop/wahevva the problem I have is that I don't know what to get, I've already asked everyone I know so I thought I'd see if there's anyone here who got some insight on what's good and not.

The two I've been looking at mostly are these two:

Asus Eee PC S101
Asus Eee PC 1005HA

If you got a better idea I'd love to hear your recommendation.
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What are you going to use it for?

What is your price range?

How is your current computer?
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I'm going to use it for work, writing mostly.

The price "roof" would be about 1000 USD or 600 GBP.

My current computer is stationary, hehe.
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Either of those are alright if you're only looking for a work solution, mind you the extent of gaming capabilities will be limited to minesweeper and free cell. Remember that you get what you pay for, though Asus is generally a respectable brand.

Make sure they are sporting a QWERTY keyboard because sometimes netbooks don't and thus whenever you switch from netbook to desktop your fingers will be screwed.
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Hmm, I'll keep that in mind.

As for games... well, I have a feeling that a lack of gaming capability might be a good thing, hehe.

The only thing that worries me is that my favourite, the S101, might be shit, Cressy (*points finger*) said she'd used one a few weeks back and that it had died or something after some use.
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Well that is standard, I mean some of them will break, it isn't manufactured very well I'd imagine due to the price. But on average it should last longer than a year. It's to the company's disadvantage to produce a product that breaks within its' warrenty. So generally if a product is going to break early it will do so shortly after the warrenty expires.
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I have the 1005 and have had it for about 4 months.... No problems to speak of. Of course, my computer standards are pretty low since I've mostly had my hands on hand me downs.... but anyway, I run mine with dual monitors, unplug and take it to class sometimes, and I can even run WoW reasonably well on it. The keyboard is in fact narrower than standard but unless I'm taking it somewhere I just run a USB keyboard and mouse with it. It's not that hard to adapt to, I just had the toys so I figured I'd used them. I don't have any issues using it in class and then coming home to the full size keyboard.

The only things I suggest taking into consideration are the operating system and CD drive. Make sure you get a netbook that specifically comes with whatever OS you want, since a lot of them come with their own 'streamlined' OS. I know this is the case for Eee and the Acer netbooks. Also, very few (if any?) of these come with a CD/DVD drive so you may want to consider buying one or downloading everything. If you do get a peripheral drive, you shouldn't have any problems. I've played movies from the external drive, through the netbook to my big monitor with excellent results.

That's all I can really think of at the moment... sorry if any of it was already known or painfully obvious... If you have any questions feel free to PM me.
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