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Laptop or netbook?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (19763 points ) May 29th, 2010

Best laptop for $600 or less? Best netbook for $450 or less?

I have no idea which would be better for me, but I want to purchase a laptop or netbook. I would mainly use either one for getting online and writing papers for school.The longer the battery life, the better.

Can anyone help point me in the right direction?

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Mikelbf2000's avatar

I would say laptop for the larger screen. I am stubborn though. It took me a long time to switch form desktop to laptop. I would imagine you could do more with a laptop but I may be wrong.

rawrgrr's avatar

I would suggest a netbook since all you really need is to get online and write papers but there aren’t that many netbooks that have a very long battery life. Just a suggestion but you might not want this but it has a great battery life (10 hours of continuous usage) and will do everything you need. It’s also got some great games for killing time. (A price of 499$)

rawrgrr's avatar

Also here are some great netbooks.

Seek's avatar

((Just saying, iPad blows for writing long blocks of text. Unless you’re already one of the idiots that relies entirely on AutoCorrect, the absence of the apostrophe on the front screen alone will be enough to drive you up the wall. – Oh! And on top of that, it doesn’t even support Google Docs, unless there’s an “app for that”.)

rawrgrr's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr It’s not that hard to type on. With some getting used to you can type almost as fast as on a physical keyboard. There’s even a physical keyboard accessory that you can buy.

jaytkay's avatar

Most netbooks have 3-cell or 6-cell batteries, so narrow your search to 6-cell versions.

The Asus 1005PE is a standout for netbook battery life.

For laptops, the Acer Aspire TImeline has great battery life. I bought the 15” model a few months ago and am very happy with it.

Seek's avatar

Funny. I tried to the other day, and no dice. Maybe I had my finger in the wrong place. All I know is, I was just trying to edit a RPG submission, and I couldn’t get the damned text bar to show up. I switched to the iBook.

simpleD's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Hold down the comma key for half a sec to get an apostrophe. But i would recommend using a wireless keyboard or the keyboard dock for writing long papers.

The iPad battery lasts at least 10 hours for me.

lifeflame's avatar

Will you carry it around a lot?
I used to have a netbook, but then I just couldn’t stand the small screen any more and got a laptop.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@all I decided to go for this one: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/gateway-nv7915u/4505-3121_7-33970181.html?tag=mncol;lst;1

Battery life sucks, but I’ll mostly be using it at home and school, so I’ll be able to plug it in. Thanks for all the suggestions, though. :)

lillycoyote's avatar

Are you going to need a CD/DVD drive, because netbooks don’t have them. I suppose you can get an external one. Also, the netbook keyboards are pretty small. Would you be comfortable writing papers on a small keyboard? I like the idea of netbooks, so portable, but for a student I think a laptop is probably a better choice, IMHO. Edit OOPS, didn’t realize you had already decided. Get something with good battery life.

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