dealshp mini netbook (refurbished) for $259.99…

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Anyone care to comment on this rig's power adequacy? I'm a little leary due to the only 1Gb of ram but otherwise have no idea what the processor can do.

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This is a netbook that comes standard with xp, all netbooks that come with xp can only have a gig of ram. Considering my old laptop that ran xp ran fine on 512 for 4 years i think this should be fine. I myself though can see me buying a netbook without at least an ion chipset in it now.

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Atom N270 and it's a netbook. Not a lot of horsepower; it probably runs XP home adequately. Not a desktop replacement; it does web tasks and word processing well. It will play older games (ones that don't require the CD to run or a higher than 1024 x 576 resolution). I do have an external DVD/CD writer that worked with the netbook I wooted a few weeks ago, so that might not be as much of a barrier. 1GB of RAM is just fantastic for XP Home. The main attractive point of a netbook is its small size, transportability, and long battery life (although this comes with a 3-cell battery, not 6). Should last about 2.5 hours or so with medium usage.

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Don't touch it it's not good. Single core processor. The next gen of netbooks are dual cores. This makes a very big difference for stuff like video processing, etc. If you need a cheap netbook because you are cheap this works. Some of the little Acers are starting to show up with the 1.6 ghz (or slightly better) dual cores. You do not want to be stuck with a single core forever. You want to watch naughty things on your netbook when no one is looking. A single core pretty much eliminates that option unless the video is very, very tiny.

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I have an HP Mini that I bought new and it's VERY nice. Runs XP just great. Perfect little netbook to carry around in my purse. I take it to meetings for taking notes that I can then quickly email to all participants. Perfect for checking email, reading feeds, doing light office tasks (Google Documents or Open Office, etc.). Has a very nice webcam and mic so you can use it for Skype, etc. No, you really cannot game on it - but why would you want to? It's pretty comfortable as netbooks go, but it's still a tiny screen and keyboard! I guess if you are some kind of masochist you could try playing games on it, LOL.

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For those that are new to the "mini" or "net"book format...be aware that the screen resolution is less than a standard laptop. I made the mistake of buying a 10.1" mini to replace a 12.1" aging laptop. That's when I discovered that Yahoo and other websites attempt to detect the resolution of the screen to format properly. When the screen resolution is less than the minimum it does throw an exception before loading the site...doesn't kill it but it makes the experience sort of clunky.

Also, when 10-20% of the screen is taken up with toolbars the actual working screen space is less than optimal for many.

Just my opinion though...

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It's slow, but entirely adequate for email, word processing, spreadheets, and the other non-cpu, non-graphic intensive applications. Battery like is good and the size makes it ideal to lug around. It is not a desk top replacement. In fact, it's a poor laptop replacement. Vertical screen size means you're always scrolling down. All that said - if what you want is an on-the-road, convenient, lightweight, email reader - you can't go wrong.

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yup....convenient, fast enough, reliable. Got one for my internet addicted child.

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if you use google chrome as the browser on these and full screen it its way usable as a mini-note (as far as screen size)