I'm a college commuter(Computer Science major) and am looking at getting a Netbook this summer. I was curious what anyone else has used or would recommend. Any details on what you use would be helpful, but the specs of what I'm looking for are below. Thanks
OS: Linux - preferred for programming in classes and safer web surfing
CPU: don't care - something decent
RAM: 2gb preferred
Wireless: 802.11n - if I'm getting a netbook i want it to have good net...
HDD: ~30gb SSD - wouldn't mind more, but for price difference I'll stay small
I have a good gaming desktop, so the only use of this will be for taking to college and bringing back. It will also be for my programming assignments and lots of web surfing when I'm bored, thus 2gb RAM. I also would like at least 5 hrs of battery, even though I actually only need about 3. At home I'll hook up external HDD/Flash drive, keyboard, and mouse, so at least 3 USB ports.
From what you describe an Asus EeePC 901 would be a perfect fit.
It has 802.11n, bluetooth, 8 hours battery life, SSDs and and three USB2 ports and is available in Linux.
It's extremely portable and rugged, although it's a little too wide to fit in most pockets.
The only issue might be the total 20GB SSD capacity, but there are high-speed SSD modules for the Eee made by third-party suppliers like Runcore and Super Talent, which offer a substantial performance increase (125GB/s reads, 95MB/s writes) and capacities up to 128GB.
As for the 2GB of RAM, most "net"books come with a single gigabye due to Microsoft limiting XP licenses to 'books with 1GB or less.
Upgrading the SODIMM to 2GB is easy, doesn't void the warranty and costs about $20.
There is also a version with internal 3G and a faster SSD, but it lacks bluetooth and has only 802.11g.
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