I actually bought a 1015pe from cowboom last year and i personally love it. sure the atom CPU is weak and took forever when i tried to convert a bunch of RAW files to JPEG, but for watching videos, browsing the web this is perfect. the battery still runs for 7 hrs+ after a year of use. a few points:
1. you can use the windows sticker on the netbook, download a windows 7 image, and get windows 7 starter for free. i tried ubantu but some drivers didn't work and i didn't want to bother.
2. SSD does improve its performance. ok maybe it's the stripped down windows 7 starter, but after throwing an OCZ vertex plus 120gb (which i obtained for $42AR) on it, boot time into windows narrowed from about 10 seconds to about 2 seconds. not exaggerating. blows my mind since it takes my desktop with an OCZ agility 3 about 10 seconds to boot into windows.
3. you'd be delusional to claim that a TABLET is more useful than a netbook. sure maybe a tablet has even longer battery life and is of course more portable, but just the ability to run windows makes this by default infinitely more useful at least to me - there are so many windows program that no android app can replicate. sure i hated converting RAW with my netbook, but at least you have the option to. the built-in keyboard is also a huge plus.
Flash block is required to browse the internet. GPU is complete garbage. Light gaming?
A lightweight linux distro is required to make this CPU barely passable.
It'd be a stretch to say that it'll play any games other than some VERY basic games, but if you need flash block to browse either you're doing something wrong or you're bullshit x4 since i am typing on one right now with a youtube video playing in the background.
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Still have mine for a year and half now and its working perfectly, Just remember guys, if it doesn't seem to hold a charge or flikers its not the battery but the power cord. Since Cowboom has so many used preowned $hiet they be sending the wrong Power Chargers, so you can call or chat with them and maybe get a $10.00 credit or just buy one from Amazon for about $10.00
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It hasn't gotten hot, no. My original battery from 2009 did start to die out and I ended up going with a 6-cell battery that provides me 13-15 hours of general usage and 8 hours or so of Photoshopping, web designing, and media playing.
I believe my stock battery provided me between 8-10 of general use and 5-6 of media usage.
Anyone still using netbook ? lol Netbooks are dead. Better get cheap tablet or Cheap dualcore laptop
Thanks so much for your informative post. Your arguments have swayed me... netbooks are dead, so evidently if I buy one it will no longer work. And since other people are not using netbooks, I wouldn't want to be seen with a 'dead' netbook, of course. A tablet with the same size screen (for several hundred dollars more) will be much more useful for my light browsing and typing on.... since tablets have such nice keyboards. Or I could buy a dual core laptop like you mentioned, for again, several hundred dollars more -- and I am sure it'll be as light and portable as a netbook is.
*turns sarcasm off*
I've been using an acer netbook for several years and it is fine for what it is. They work fine for regular web browsing, typing on, emails, netflix/hulu/youtube (SD), and even some older games (nothing too fancy). My only concern with a used one would be the battery life, but if you get one with a decent battery, it should be a nice little machine.
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@100 I would jump even if I hate ATOM on my Acer One. Loaded WIN8 and it has ran rather well but not getting much use right now. Besides I just got a Chromebook, can't buy another gadget at the moment.
I've got an Asus Eee PC netbook that I use sometimes when travelling. Since it can run most Windows applications, I find it way more useful than a tablet. My biggest gripe is the small size of the keyboard, which impacts me more than the screen size for what I do with it.
If I need to get real work done, I use a regular laptop.
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