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Looking to buy a netbook for school

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:50 am UTC
by bungadunga
So I'm going to be, one way or another, in college in the fall. I don't currently own a laptop, so I figure now would be the time to get one. I'm currently looking at netbooks that sit between $300 and $400. I know I'll curse myself for not buying a more powerful laptop, but honestly I probably can't justify spending significantly more just to get a still fairly crappy fullsize laptop that I'll have to lug everywhere, so a netbook it is.

I'm currently leaning toward the MSI Wind U120-001US (about $350). It has 160gb of storage, a 10 inch screen and 6 cell battery- none of which I feel like downgrading on. Is there any particular reason not to buy it?

While we're at it, should I buy a new calculator? I have an 83+ that has served me well, but as I understand it I'll probably find a lot of use of a TI-89 once I get on to more fancy math. I know my classmates that had one loved its symbolic differentiation/integration for calculus. Plus, I might actually try out programming in C to mess around on the 89.

Re: Looking to buy a netbook for school

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:22 pm UTC
by KOSMOSX7
The MSWind has a known audio problem. The speakers are tinny and the sound doesn't get better even if you're plugged in w/ headphones.

Here's another thread of someone checking out netbooks; more folks have replied there: viewtopic.php?f=36&t=35175

Re: Looking to buy a netbook for school

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:47 am UTC
by bungadunga
Eww, the U120 doesn't have upgradable RAM. Never mind on that one. I just found a pretty good, recent comparison of 10in netbooks:

http://www.laptopmag.com/mobile-life/10 ... spx?page=1

Re: Looking to buy a netbook for school

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:45 am UTC
by pyroman
the netbook vs full power desktop replacement laptop question depends on what you will need it for and whether or not you have access to other computers to handle all your high power computing needs. (note this is also dependent are your major).

As for the calculator i have a 84+ (basically exactly the same as the 83 but it can do basic integrals). My roommate has an 89 and it is quite nice for a lot of things however esp in the earlier math and science classes they dont even let you use graphing calculators (if calculators at all) so i would probably hold off a bit till you find out what the deal is going to be with that stuff.