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Laptopsunder500bucks.com » Your Answers to Questions about Laptops,Netbooks & Tablets http://laptopsunder500bucks.com Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:08:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 Your Questions About Tablets Under 200 http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-tablets-under-200-7/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-tablets-under-200-7/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:08:05 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-tablets-under-200-7/

Carol asks…

How do you use 3G on a tablet?

I was considerin buying a tablet today, perhaps the Samsung Galaxy, it said it has 3G/Wifi, but how would it use 3G? Would you need a sim, contract or how does it work?

Plus if ylu could recommend a tablet under £200 that’s nice…

steve answers:

For 3G you would need a SIM – it could be contract or pay as you go.

Michael asks…

Looking for a good tablet or a reliable tablet brand?

A smartphone is not anywhere in my near future, so my next best option is a tablet. I’m looking for something to kind of mimic a smartphone- i.e. small, easily portable, app capabilities etc but just for wi-fi use. I want to stay under $200. Does anyone have suggestions of great tablets or good brands to look into? Everyone knows the Kindle and iPad and Samsung Note etc, but has anyone used any of the lesser known brands?

steve answers:

If you are looking in that budget. I would actually suggest a known brand for reliabilty otherwise you may end up in buying something which wont last for months.

I suggest you read this comparison between the most popular tablets in your budget:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&docId=1001069011&linkCode=ur2&pf_rd_i=1232597011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=1557096962&pf_rd_r=E1E93B81E3284ACC9FB5&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&pf_rd_t=101&tag=bg_itr_a-20

The Kindle Fire HD IMO is the best option as you get features like:
- Dual WiFi antenna
- Digital Dolby stereo speakers
- Dual core processor
- Front Facing HD camera
- 16/32 Gb storage option with 1Gb RAM
- 1280*800 HD display @216PPI
- HDMI Out

Sandra asks…

Best Wacom tablet for a beginner in flash?

I’ve just started making flash animations and I want to buy a good Pen tablet to make them with. It would need to be under 200$ CDN but still good for animating. If you have any recommendations because you have used it or know a lot about it please answer!

steve answers:

From amazon
http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=148268-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

Betty asks…

Can I buy a tablet to replace my laptop?

And if so, which is a good tablet? Maybe under $200? I hear the Kindle Fire is good but would it replace the laptop I have (its awful).
Thanks!:)

steve answers:

The kindle fire sounds good. It can do everything that a laptop can for the most part. I can’t tell you you if it would be better than your laptop since I don’t know what kind of laptop you have.

Mary asks…

Need some help in buying a graphics tablet?

Need some help from people who actually use these for producing graphical art. My daughter has asked for one for Christmas and will be starting a university course next year where she will need it. I would like to buy one for under £200 but have a bit of flexibility on price.

steve answers:

I saw one for the first time–I was in a Circuit City Store..and was wondering about getting better results on the MOUSE-side/well there were 2-models..USD(150-300)..I think standard and deluxe..look up the website of Circuit City for a PART#..www.circuitcity.com/

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Your Questions About Lenovo Ideapad http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-lenovo-ideapad-6/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-lenovo-ideapad-6/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:07:47 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-lenovo-ideapad-6/

Thomas asks…

Which laptop is better specwise, lenovo ideapad z560 or Sony viao f series?

I’m kind of leaning more towards the vaio but I want to see your answers.

steve answers:

Sony would be better. But honestly, macbooks are amazing, i have one and they dont get viruses they are not slow, theyre just great.

James asks…

Anyone know anything about the US release of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10?

I wanted to get the S10 in the deep blue finish and the official website states that it would be available this month, but I don’t see it anywhere. Does anyone know when that color will be made available?

Thanks in advance!

steve answers:

Well, the white and pink one are available at tigerdirect.com. I would say to keep checking there since they get new stuff every week.

Helen asks…

Is Lenovo ideapad a good laptop?

I am thinking about getting a Lenovo thinkpad (paticularly U460 or z560). I had never used Lenovo before and am wondering it it is as good as other PC’s. If you have ever had an experience with it- good or bad, I am happy to hear it.
Thanks.
ideapad, not thinkpad..sorry

steve answers:

Lenovo is good no matter what you buy. IBM hardware is solid no matter what you buy…it’s just some machines are more powerful than others. IBM machines typically last much longer than your typical consumer laptop or desktop, so much so that I still see people using older IBM ThinkPad machines still to this day.

Ruth asks…

Is the Lenovo ideapad y510 good?

So I’ve been sereosly considering getting this laptop I’ve heard its good for just about everything but mainly is it good for minecraft and call of duty because I’m starting a youtube and need a computer that’s good it has 8 gb of RAM and is upgrade able to 16 gb will this be good for gaming

steve answers:

Lenovo’s are very good machines.
Take a look at these rankings:

http://blog.laptopmag.com/best-worst-notebook-brands-2013/3

You need to look at the performance rating of the video card in the laptop and what the games recommend.

Lenovo, Asus, HP, and Samsung are the top 4 laptop brands. I wouldn’t consider any other brands.

Dell makes Alienware and they are not worth the money charged.
Acer makes Gateway. You’d have to pay me to use one of their machines.
Sony hardware has generally been good, but they are notorious for putting huge amounts of crapware/bloatware on machines and gathering information on their consumers without their knowledge or permission.
Toshiba has bottomed the rankings. Personally, I have used them and never had a problem, but that does not appear to be the case any more.

Lizzie asks…

Should I buy a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510?

I found a deal that after rebates I will pay $499. I will use my laptop for surfing the web, music, photos, watching dvd’s and working on and emailing my resume. Really just your basic stuff. Is this a good buy??

steve answers:

Absolutely!!!

Lenovo laptops are actually IBM Thinkpads who’s rights were bought out by Lenovo. Now these laptops are no joke, they are what we IT specialists refer to as Commercial grade. There are 2 grades, Commercial and Consumer.

Consumer = Low End Affordable (Disposable) units geared to gain sales for stock statistical value.

Commercial = High End, Reputation building machines for fortune 500 companies who contract the PC firms to outfit their company with new models every 5 years. So these machines MUST hold up in order to secure the next term contract.

Lenovo, almost everything is Commercial grade! You would do well to nab it. And look at it this way, at least in 5 years, you’ll have a nice gift for a friend when you buy your next laptop.

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Your Questions About Laptop Cases For Girls http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-laptop-cases-for-girls-7/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-laptop-cases-for-girls-7/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:07:38 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-laptop-cases-for-girls-7/

James asks…

Teen Girl Wishlist Canada!!!?

Hi!! Im a canadian girl looking for somethin to put on her wishlist for christmas! Im 14 and im no where close to being spoiled or anything. I know its a wishlist so i can ‘wish’ for watever i want but this year i want to put realistitc things! i’m preppy/girly but i have a lot of different looks in my closet! i dont like clothes, i have a laptop, ipod and phone. any other ideas? much apprecieateeedd! thanks so much guys!

steve answers:

How about these♡-
-phone or iPod cases
-case for you laptop
-maybe some laptop games
-bow and arrow♡♡♡
-iTunes card for your iPod
-uggs
-Colored contacts
-if you wear glasses maybe get some contacts or new glasses of your choice
-room deco’re..Paintings, mirrors, posters. Etc
-speakers♡
-new blanket
Some funky awesome pillows
-moolah$$$
-puppy-etc
-straightner or curling iron..
-Hair products
-bracelets
That’s what I thought of in 30 seconds. Your welcome-xoxo

Ken asks…

GOSSIP GIRL SHOW BAG!?

Hey guys, i was just wondering if any of you know how big the laptop bag is that is included in the gossip girl show bag from the royal melbourne show 2010? Im going to the show tomorrow and the show bag is $25 so i don’t want to purchase the bag and then get it home and my laptop not even fit in it. If anyone knows, please tell me! Thanks :)

steve answers:

I checked the showbag on the Royal Melbourne site, googled the laptop bag (Gossip Girl Neoprene Laptop Bag) and I found this quote:

A stylishly, fashionable neoprene laptop bag can accept a laptop or notebook computer with screen sizes 10 – 17-inches in diameter, either to be carried on its own, or slipped inside a laptop case, messenger bag, or backpack so no one will none the wiser that you’re carrying a computer.

From: http://www.neoprenelaptopsleeve.org/

Michael asks…

do girls like gamers?

steve answers:

In my case, yes I love my nerdy boyfriend :P . I like them because instead of going and getting drunk and ‘getting’ with girls, being a stereo typical guy, they will be by you, so if your on the laptop they can play the xbox, and have cuddles. In my experience my gamer lover is the best boyfriend I have had so far. I really dislike dudes who party a lot so it is nice to have a boy who I can buy a game and it makes him happy :P

Sandy asks…

Which MacBook laptop case do you like best?

I can’t decide on which one to choose

1. http://www.colcasac.com/macbook-sleeve/the-federale-macbook-sleeve/
or
2. http://mac-case.com/Leather%20Site/MacCase%20PL%20Sleeves.html

which color do you like for the leather case

steve answers:

For girls the red one
.
For guys the leather one
.
I like the leather one not just cause I am a guy either
.

Mark asks…

Where can i find(online) an hp new windows 8 laptop cover case for girls?

all i can find is macbook hard cases. not a laptop case when your traveling, but i mean like a case where u can snap it on to make it look cool. for girls , it can have butterflies or just pink or something. plz help

steve answers:

Only you know the size (11 through 17inches), so you are on your own.

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Your Questions About Tablet Android Apps http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-tablet-android-apps-5/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-tablet-android-apps-5/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:07:52 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-tablet-android-apps-5/

Ken asks…

How do you get apps on an android tablet?

i have the pandigital planet

steve answers:

From the market place application. If you dont that certain app look for one similar that has appstore in its name or something

Mary asks…

Does the BlackBerry PlayBook Run Android Apps?

Does the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet run Android apps? And if so, how well?

steve answers:

According to RIM Playbooks are supposed to be running Android Apps before end of Oct (pushed out from the Summer).

I ran the beta (early-stage) version of Android on Playbook and found that it ran well with the apps i tried. I’m looking forward to seeing what the final version looks like. Hopefully RIM doesn’t take too much longer since the delay is hurting RIM and Playbook’s reputation.

Betty asks…

Android Apps to make Samsung Galaxy tablet a phone?

I bought this tablet withthe idea that it would replace all my other devices (ipod , laptop etc.) and the only thing that it doesnt replace is my phone, which is fine but Im traveling overseas and it would just be easier to carry round one thing :)

So are there any apps (free or paid) that will let me send and recieve txts or phone calls

steve answers:

Sipdroid or GrooVeIP (both are VOIP apps) along with the Google Voice app.

Lizzie asks…

How to get apps on your Android tablet ?

steve answers:

Frm android market

Sandy asks…

What Android apps (for tablets) should I get?

I recently got an Asus eee pad transformer tablet to substitute bringing my laptop to school.
For a college student, what apps would ya’ll recommend me getting that would be useful to use in a college setting?

Stuff like Microsoft Office/Excel, or whatever else you all think is cool! :)

steve answers:

There’s a free App store called Getjar which offers free (and legal) downloads of apps that would usually cost money on the android market. From that site the more useful programs would be; Smartoffice plus (basically a microsoft office style setup) and Wikipedia Pro.

Other than that I’d say to just pick up a basic memory booster/task killer, a file explorer and then any media or entertainment services you’d like.

Without knowing what you’re studying those are the best I can offer. There are a huge amount of apps available though from advanced tablet drawing apps to geology tools.

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Your Questions About Sony Vaio Laptop Reviews http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-sony-vaio-laptop-reviews-13/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-sony-vaio-laptop-reviews-13/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:08:04 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-sony-vaio-laptop-reviews-13/

Mary asks…

Are Sony Vaio laptops good?

I like the laptop a lot and my last laptop which was a HP broke after 3 years. I know that these laptops are usually quite expensive but I’ve been saving for a while but I’m not really sure about the laptops themselves because I’ve seen some other questions about this laptop and some are bad and some are good so I was wondering whether or not to get it.

steve answers:

You can read annual surveys:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2020725/apple-macbooks-lead-in-laptop-features-and-reliability.html

http://www.pcworld.com/article/244419/laptop_reliability_and_satisfaction_macbooks_rule.html

and see reports

http://www.rescuecom.com/news-press-releases/Computer-Reliability-Report-2013.aspx

and check reviews of particular models by googling the model.
You can look up CPU power

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

and graphics performance if interested on that:

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html

You consider a brand at a price point. Just as comparing a $30,000 automobile with a $20,000 one is not a fair comparison, you need to consider a price point or small price range to see what is available.

Sony, at a price point, tends to have good keyboards and LCDs. They used to have very good audio, and reviews might show that. They have a good software package included in most of their laptops. The quality record now is “variable”. There are people that swear by and praise the laptops, and those they swear at the laptops and call them total junk. In general, at a price point, the CPU and graphics processor will be a little lower.

I group laptops in two tiers.
Lenovo Ideapads and Thinkpads, HP Envy and Elitebooks, Samsung and Asus over $450, Toshiba business lines, Dell XPS Latitude and Precision, and the higher priced Sony tend to belong in the upper half.

Lenovo Essentials, HP Pavilion, HP-Compaq, Acer/Gateway, just about any laptop under $350, Toshiba Satellite, Dell Inspiron
all belong in the lower half

Anything else takes more research for a model record.

Paul asks…

Is Sony Vaio generally a good laptop?

Is it? Or tell me whats a good computer for sims 3. N stuff.

steve answers:

The Sony VAIO N series is a bit of a new page in the playbook for Sony. The VAIO N is a 15.4” widescreen notebook that can actually be called a budget level notebook, in the past we haven’t seen Sony go after cost conscious customers. The VAIO N is squarely targeted at consumers that want a stylish and suitably powerful laptop just for around the home. This review will investigate whether that goal is achieved.

Mandy asks…

Which laptop should i get, a sony vaio or a dell xps?

im looking to spend between $1000-1600

steve answers:

I would go with Dell.

At that price range, Sony tends to be way more overpriced for what they put inside of it. All you’re usually getting is a name and a fancy case. Sony sells some laptop with the some setting at $1000, but Dell might offer a similar/better setting for a few hundred dollars cheaper.

On that point, both are reliable names, but Dell has the advantage in terms of selection and price. You have many more options to customize your Dell and select warranty options in comparison to those offered by Sony. Plus, they have a great support website that is better tuned for the PC user than Sony’s.

However, if you really have your eyes set on a Sony, be sure to compare prices and check reviews to make sure you’ll be satisfied with the product and attracted by the price.

Ruth asks…

plz give me a review of sony vaio nr17g?

steve answers:

Visit the following links for better /good review

http://www.interweb.in/sony/2135-sony-vaio-vgn-nr17g.html

http://www.cnet.com.au/laptops/laptops/0,239035649,339284730,00.htm

http://www.zdnetindia.com/index.php?action=pro_overview&prodid=13719

Ken asks…

Which is better? Sony – VAIO Laptop VGN-CS215J/W or HP TouchSmart tx2-1020us?

I’m buying a laptop and I can’t decide within this two.

steve answers:

There is really no BEST laptop brand as manufacturers all have produced “Gold” and “Lemons” in their time.

Most answers will tell you to buy “THIS” or “THAT” brand because it is the best, just remember that it is the best for THEM not for you.

Most people will tell you of a best “brand” but their actual answer is based on the MODEL they have not the entire brand and you should not judge a company by ONE model as they make hundreds of them.

This being said, here is how to do more precise research to find the best one for YOU:

The first step is to get information on the laptops that you are interested in and, as a second step, to search online at web stores (like Amazon or similar) or at retail shops (BestBuy, staples or similar) for the best deals on the ones you would really like to have based on your search.

This way, you get the best working laptops at the best prices.

As laptop specs change often, it is good to get non-vendor/non-partisan/non-groupie information so you should do some checking on these review/guide sites to help fine tune your search.

At each site, start by checking those two models and then compare them with others (and against each other) by choosing different options using boxes and drop down menus to customize the search and get what you want in your laptop ( there is even a way on some of those sites to look by inputting the price you are willing to pay to minimize the impact on your wallet ).

Your time will not be wasted (after all, you get all this from the comfort of your home) and you should find something to your liking and budget.

Stop 01 here: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/?tag=hdr;snav
Stop 02 here: http://www.pcworld.com/products/computers/laptops.html
Stop 03 here: http://review.zdnet.com/filter/laptops?categoryId=3121
Stop 04 here: http://www.notebookreview.com/

Good luck on your research.

P.S.: By the way, I own a Dell ;) but it’s an older model (2002) on the way out soon (to be replaced by a still unknown brand as I will be doing research).

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Your Questions About Tablets Computer Art http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-tablets-computer-art-7/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-tablets-computer-art-7/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:08:05 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-tablets-computer-art-7/

Charles asks…

What is a tablet (Art wise)?

Computer and art wise. I’ve just heard of them…I looked them up and when I saw them they looked really sophisticated and cool. It’d be great if I could have some information on them.

steve answers:

It’s basically another peripheral like a mouse. The tablet itself being square, has points on it that corresponds to points on the screen, when you press the pen to it, it’s like a mouse click, and when you draw, you’re basically pressing and dragging the pen around to click the mouse like you would while drawing with a real pen. You can get tablets big or small, it doesn’t matter. The cursor will still show up on the screen where it is on your tablet.

I own both a tablet and a tablet pc (I’m on it now) Tablet PC’s you can draw directly on the laptop screen. Also, if you invest in any tablet, make sure it’s wacom penabled. They are basically the leading manufacturer of tablets and they have drivers that enable pressure sensitivity and more penlike usage.

Jenny asks…

My computer will not allow me to open art programs (Photoshop, SAI, MSPaint, etc) or install my tablet? Help!?

Ive been like trying to download my art programs onto my computer and whenever I try to use the installer it will go ‘unable to install please click quit’. It’s only happening with these art programs and also with my tablet installer. My tablet is an intuos4 and it had been working yesterday :(

Please help! My computer is a Windows 7 btw :)

steve answers:

Try to find an antivirus to solve the problem i think and im sure its a virus problem or its preferable to reserve your data on a cd or usb and format the computer :)

Lisa asks…

Getting better at art on computer?

Well I bought myself a Wacom tablet to start drawing on the computer with Photoshop.Using the tablet is so different! Any tip/ tutorials, HELP! XD

steve answers:

Http://www.drawsum.com – inspiration and practise in one.

Sandra asks…

Which one is Better? (ART TABLETS)?

I would Like to Know which Tablet is better, the Intuos5 –> http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/45066-pth-450/k0-c is more expensive but smaller, and the Fun Pen and Touch –> http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/43733-cth-670/k0-c is cheaper and bigger in size. I just want to know why, as in what features does the Intuos5 have that the Fun pen and touch doesnt . :D

steve answers:

Fun pen and touch

Sandy asks…

If I wanted to draw art on the computer would I need to use a…?

WACOM Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet? Is that the best one to use.

Thanks.

steve answers:

Yeah, the bamboo pen tablet is a great tablet for starting out. I’ve had a wacom tablet for years and have never had any problems with it. You can draw with a mouse but the tablet has a lot of advantages like pen pressure to control line thickness or brush opacity. Drawing with a mouse can also really hurt your wrist… :(

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Your Questions About Toshiba Mini Netbook http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-toshiba-mini-netbook-17/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-toshiba-mini-netbook-17/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:07:57 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-toshiba-mini-netbook-17/

Donald asks…

is a netbook right for me?

all i need it for is to store and record music with portability and WEB surfing. are netbooks right for me?
160 gigs?

steve answers:

YES WHY NOT?
Acer AO532h-2588 10.1-Inch Onyx Blue Netbook – Up to 8 Hours of Battery Life

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AO532h-2588-10-1-Inch-Onyx-Netbook/dp/B0030LTLRO/?tag=bdd-linking-005-20

HP Mini 210-1010NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 4.25 Hours of Battery Life

http://www.amazon.com/Mini-210-1010NR-10-1-Inch-Black-Netbook/dp/B00318CGBO/?tag=bdd-linking-005-20

HP Mini 210-1084NR 10.1-Inch Blue Netbook – 9.75 Hours of Battery Life

http://www.amazon.com/Mini-210-1084NR-10-1-Inch-Blue-Netbook/dp/B00318CGGY/?tag=bdd-linking-005-20

Toshiba Mini NB255-N245 10.1-Inch Black Onyx Netbook (8 Hour Battery Life)

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-NB255-N245-10-1-Inch-Netbook-Battery/dp/B003LPUU5G/?tag=bdd-linking-005-20

Asus Eee PC 1001P-MU17-BK 10.1-Inch Intel Atom Netbook Computer (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-1001P-MU17-BK-10-1-Inch-Netbook-Computer/dp/B00322PYUY/?tag=bdd-linking-005-20

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU1X-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 4 Hour Battery Life

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1005HA-EU1X-BK-10-1-Inch-Black-Netbook/dp/B002L6HD9W/?tag=bdd-linking-005-20

FOR MORE CHOICES

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=NETBOOK&x=0&y=0&ih=3_4_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_1.152_107&fsc=-1&tag=bdd-linking-005-20

$$$

Thomas asks…

Best NetBook (Mini Laptop) out there?

steve answers:

It depends on what features you want and how much you want to spend. Personally, in the 10″ netbook category, I think the Toshiba netbooks are the best in terms of overall quality and features, but they are pricier than most. Also, the Samsung, Acer Aspire One and MSI Wind models are all pretty good. I’d put Dell and HP Minis a notch or two below. A lot of people like the various Asus models, but personally I don’t like their keyboards at all. I bought an Acer early this year (2010) and am pretty happy with it.

You should decide what you want in these categories: operating system (Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP), type and size of hard disk (spinning disk or SSD, and what capacity), matte or glossy screen (the Samsung has a nice matte screen), keyboard style (“island” keys or “regular” keys), & battery power (you can get anything from a 3-4 hour battery to a 9 hour battery). Also, try the keyboard and the touchpad to see how you like the different ones.

Betty asks…

Whats the best netbook?

I am trying to decide what the best netbook is for me. So far i have the Toshiba NB 205, and the Samsung N120. Are these good choices? If not what is? If they are good choices then which one is better?
I am trying to decide what the best netbook is for me. So far i want the Toshiba NB 205, and the Samsung N120. Are these good choices? If not what is? If they are good choices then which one is better?
oops! just read the second one i made a mistake.

steve answers:

Hmmm.i would get a dell mini 10

Donna asks…

The best CHEAP netbook?

Things I need:
1 (most important) FAST!
2 good looking & small
3 runs windows 7 but xp is okay
4 MUST be bought in a shop not online – parents rules ;(

steve answers:

You’re not going to get a netbook that is fast. They are all slow because they are made to be portable and lightweight. You are best going for a 13-14 inch notebook. The cheapest ones are around £450. Check out all the big brands: hp, dell, toshiba etc.

If you’re looking for cheap then check out dell mini: http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home/Laptops/laptop-inspiron-10/pd.aspx?refid=laptop-inspiron-10&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&~ck=mn&ST=dell%20mini%2010&dgc=ST&cid=41141&lid=1069630&acd=124047440120569 It is quite fast for netbooks.

Check out the page below for information on buying a laptop: http://askbobrankin.com/buying_a_laptop.html

Charles asks…

College Student Dell Mini Question! Start school next week!?

Hey, I’m a colleg student about to start school next week and I am thinking about buying one of those mini laptops. I will be writing alot, school papers and my own book. I need to know if it has a cd/dvd drive to save my work, also could I do itunes stuff on it also? I have an Inspiron 1420, but it was too heavy in my backpack along with my books. If the Mini is not for me, then can someone suggest another small laptop, possibly from Dell (I’m in Austin) that I could buy for no more than $400? Thanks!

steve answers:

The Mini Netbook lap tops do not have internal CD/DVD drives and more. You would have to buy a external CD/DVD drive.
Buy a full featured lap top:
1st choice: http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/home.to
2nd. Choice: http://dell.com

I use Toshiba Satellite lap tops.

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Your Questions About Ati Mobility Radeon Hd 4250 http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-ati-mobility-radeon-hd-4250-5/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-ati-mobility-radeon-hd-4250-5/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:07:50 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-ati-mobility-radeon-hd-4250-5/

Ruth asks…

would Spore or M2TW run on AMD Athlon™ II X2 processor with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics?

will spore or medieval 2 total war run on this if so how well AMD Athlon™ II X2 processor with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics?
Thanks!

steve answers:

Yes spore will run. Hell it runs fine on an intel atom n270 with intel gma 945 graphics.

Sharon asks…

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 driver for my eMachines G640?

Hello,
I just got an eMachines G640 laptop for Christmas, and I would like to get the latest driver for my ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics card. I can’t seem to find the proper driver for my laptop, so could you please help? Thank you. :)

steve answers:

Get it from ATI;

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

Choose the one that is compatible with the operating system on your G640.

Helen asks…

Can I Play Dirt 3 on ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250?

My config is
Win 7 64 bit home premium
4 GB RAM
500GB Hard Disk
AMD K10 CPU
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250.
Sony Vaio VPCEE3WFX laptop

steve answers:

You can play but u will need to lower graphics. Set visual details to low and resolution to 800X600 or 1024X768

Richard asks…

will an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 play fallout 3 and oblivion well with a 2.6 ghz processor?

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics card
AMD Phenom II (2.6 GHz) processor
Fallout 3 requires about 2.4 GHz processor
Oblivion requires 2.0 GHz processor

steve answers:

On low settings yes because that graphics card is very weak and your cpu maybe weak as well, but it looks pretty decent if it is a ii and has 2.6.

Sandra asks…

ATI Radeon X1800 or ATI mobility radeon 4250 HD?

which one is better? I am going to buy a laptop and i was wondering which one was good

steve answers:

Radeon 4250 HD 100%

aslo go to this website

http://www.hwcompare.com/9023/geforce-gtx-570-vs-radeon-hd-6870/

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Your Questions About Netbook Hp Mini 110 http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-netbook-hp-mini-110-8/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-netbook-hp-mini-110-8/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:07:45 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-netbook-hp-mini-110-8/

Mark asks…

Questions about HSPA?

Hi, I got a few questions to ask:
1. If my Netbook is HSPA-Enabled, does that mean I do not require a USB modem?
2. Is my Netbook, a HP Mini 110-1117TU HSPA enabled? (There is a SD-MS/Pro-MMC.XD slot)
3.How do I use it then, if I have a SIM Card for the broadband?

steve answers:

1) If your netbook is HSPA-Enabled, that means you can connect to the mobile data service without a USB Modem.

2) Sorry, but your netbook isn’t 3G (HSPA) enabled,(not from what I can see) and a that slot for SD etc, is for camera memory cards, not sim cards, so it wouldn’t work.

3) If your device is HSPA Enabled, there would be a SIM card slot, usually underneath the battery (you would have to remove the battery to check this),
If you are running windows 7 or 8, having a sim card inside the computer (with the drivers installed) would have ’3G Connection’ appear in the connect to a network list, from what I know.

Steven asks…

Netbook graphics under-performing?

Hi.

I have a HP Mini 110-4100 Netbook running Windows 7 Professional (32 bit Service Pack 1). It has a 1.60 GHz Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM. It also has Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600 series with approx. 762 mb memory (according to dxdiag.exe).

The problem is that I’m often pressed for graphics performance and I think my netbook is under performing. Flash games run very choppy and normal/offline games hardly work at all. Now I want to know, is it usual for a netbook of these specs to perform like this with graphics intensive software or might there be a problem.

Thanks in advance.

steve answers:

I say its normal. Every netbook I’ve ever used has ran like complete crap in the graphics department. They are really only build to handle browsing the internet and taking some notes. They wern’t meant to play games, especially not graphicly intense games. The ones I’ve used were choppy even scrolling down web pages. You could try updating your disply drivers, but don’t expect much improvement.

Donald asks…

Need help about buying a new 10 inches notebook pc?

Hi i’m looking for a new notebook pc should have a 10 inches screen. I’m a java programmer and I’ll be using netbeans or eclipse IDE. also my budget is 15000. if anyone can help me in this….thanks!!!

steve answers:

Lookout for HP Mini 110 Series 110-2733TU Netbook – Rs.15086 (Online Price)
Intel Atom Dual Core N570 1.66GHz
1GB DDR3 RAM
320GB HDD SATA
Windows 7 Starter
10.1inch
0.3MP Camera
Bluetooth and Wi-fi
3 x USB 2.0
6 cell battery

Carol asks…

How can i fix my HP Mini?

I have a HP Mini ( http://www.google.ie/imgres?num=10&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1280&bih=677&tbs=ic:specific,isc:pink&tbm=isch&tbnid=GFxj3sIVV__vaM:&imgrefurl=http://walyou.com/hp-mini-110-netbook/&docid=l3BaWk7vJ1-lmM&imgurl=http://www.walyou.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/hp-110-mini-netbook-pink.jpg&w=500&h=497&ei=fjIIUO72B9KIhQf_v6XMAw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=511&sig=103845268584134955121&page=1&tbnh=126&tbnw=127&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:139&tx=67&ty=42 ) and i got it about this time last year. but it only lasted about 7 Months and i barley used it for the first 2 months. I loved it but one day out of no where it stopped working !! it turns on and it goes to this “splashtop” page and then when i click “go to windows” the screen goes black and i cant do anything !!! even if i try to turn it off it doesnt work !! what should i do ? if i cant fix it myself i will take it to be fixed but i would like to try to fix it myself first !!
please help !

steve answers:

Hi,

The first thing to do is to re-boot and before the windows logo appears press F8 as that will then give you more options.

If that comes up select safe mode and see if that works.

If it does then something is loading when windows fully loads that is causing a problem.

Raise another question or amend this one if you can get that far.

Arnak

Sharon asks…

Has anyone ever tried running The Sims 3 on a HP Mini?

So I got a HP Mini 110 with 1 gb of ram and it runs the Sims 2 fine, some lagging here and there of course but it can run it the same on best quality no problem. I havent tried installing The Sims 3 until I know for sure its not going to be a waste of money, I’ve seen videos on youtube but they have 2 gb of ram on the netbooks. Does it work on a HP Mini 110 with 1gb of ram? On low quality? Will it give me an error message saying my computer is not compatible? PS: I know my computer isn’t really compatible

steve answers:

It doesn’t run on my 1GB HP Mini

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Your Questions About Samsung Corby Pro http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-samsung-corby-pro-5/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-samsung-corby-pro-5/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:07:47 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/17/your-questions-about-samsung-corby-pro-5/

Mary asks…

How do i use Find Music in Samsung Corby Pro?

I find the search results but how do i buy it?

steve answers:

At 1st go to the menu then to music………that is………..

Sandy asks…

Does the Samsung Corby pro play avi files?

I am thinking of buying a good multimedia phone with a decent camera and good video playback options. my budget is till 12k. I have shortlisted the Corby pro. Can it play mp4 or avi files.
If not, then please suggest me a decent phone in that range. Are there any apps that can help?
Thank you in advance.

steve answers:

Yes….but i think u should also check out Samsung “Galaxy 3″….it is better than Corby pro becoz it has Android 2.1.,bigger screen…& b/g/n WiFi ….. Which makes gr8 value for money…as per current news it is priced around 12kilo Rs……& plz like most dont make any confusion between Galaxy3& GalaxyS….

Daniel asks…

how can i use my samsung corby pro as a web cam?

i want to use my samsung corby pro b5310 as a wb cam.please help me how to use it as a wab cam otherwise my friend would kill me….
:-s

steve answers:

Webcam is a camera or a video capturing device which is connected to a network through a computer or any such devices.most mobile phones have a video calling or a conferencing camera like Nokia E72,Even Samsung corby pro also,it has a video calling camera in front and can function like a Webcam. If a 3G network is supported,the other person who is connected and talking to you from some other 3G supported phone can also watch your face,gestures,movements during a call through his front camera in the phone and vice versa.More details are found in the URL that I give as a source,Please Refer to it.

Robert asks…

Is there a way to play more video formats on samsung corby pro?

i know the phone can support mp4 and 3gp… Is there a player i can download to play files such as avi, rmvb or even mkv on the phone, or do i have to stick to converting them on pc to mp4 then put them on the phone?

steve answers:

You can’t. The Corby Pro doesn’t use Android. So you have to convert the videos.

Charles asks…

Any anime streaming site for my mobile(Samsung corby pro) besides youtube?

Hey!! I like to watch anime on my mobile!! But youtube does not have many anime. So is there any alternative to youtube? I have SAMSUNG CORBY PRO and I do not want to download any anime just watch directly on mobile web.

steve answers:

Have you tried http://www.gorgeousanime.com

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