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kow_ciller

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#41 8 years ago

Go look on craigslist right before school starts. People list their netbooks for $150 or less all the time when they graduate, upgrade or whatever.




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#42 8 years ago

MrFancypants;5659336It might be a good idea to go to a shop with a selection of notebooks and test which screen-size and weight you prefer. A 14'' laptop will be about 1kg heavier than a comparable netbook (doesn't sound like much, but makes a difference if you carry it around the whole day).

Reading reviews on websites like notebookcheck.net is also a good idea. You'll get some additional information on actual battery life or how noisy the fans are.

A hybrid might be even better than a netbook, especially if you want to take notes during lectures (many hybrids come with pen support). Not as cheap as a netbook, though.

I, admit, taking notes on paper is something I will forever be inclined to do. So, I really see no need for a hybrid. I have checked netbookcheck, but they have not reviewed this model.

My main concern about the AS 4830T-6678 is just the i3. If I were just to use this for travel, going to lectures, and for the occasional SolidWorking, would this be a good purchase?

Also, I am hesitant on using others computers. I do not like doing any business on Craigslsit.




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#43 8 years ago

I guess so, except for SolidWorks. I'm not sure how much power that program needs, but CAD programs usually need a strong CPU, lots of RAM and even a decent graphics card. To run such a program with anything resembling comfort you probably have to look at another price category entirely.

Here is a system requirements FAQ for solid works: http://www.javelin-tech.com/main/support/solidworks_2011_hardware_faq.htm

They don't mention CPU speeds, but by looking at the other specs you can probably assume that they are talking about desktop-grade CPUs, not the clocked down CPUs in cheap laptops.




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#44 8 years ago

MrFancypants;5659406I guess so, except for SolidWorks. I'm not sure how much power that program needs, but CAD programs usually need a strong CPU, lots of RAM and even a decent graphics card. To run such a program with anything resembling comfort you probably have to look at another price category entirely.

Here is a system requirements FAQ for solid works: SolidWorks 2011 Hardware FAQ - Frequently Asked Technical Support Questions

They don't mention CPU speeds, but by looking at the other specs you can probably assume that they are talking about desktop-grade CPUs, not the clocked down CPUs in cheap laptops.

You are right, but it is not much of an issue to use SW. I really just need something light to carry around, look at the textbook, and be quick enough to whip out when I need to do something. Unless you see any glaring bottlenecks with it, would you recommend it as a music/internet/working man's computer?

Plus, I am such a terrible CADer....I can make a square and that is about it. :lulz:




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#45 8 years ago

As this is a 14'' notebook it won't be the lightest. 2.7kg, it seems. But in return you get somewhat better hardware than what you would get in a netbook in the same price category. But for the applications you describe (internet, music, office documents) a netbook would have enough hardware. The best thing to do is to go to a store and compare the weights and sizes of 14'' and 11'' PCs.

Also be careful with glare displays, they have nicer looking colors but reflect all sorts of light-sources, which makes them useless outside and in brightly lit rooms.