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Dave 07-18-2009 09:34 AM

I am a big fan of my MacBook as a great travel computer - and it is - but I got a great offer for a Dell netbook in the e-mail (my employee discount from TVA is still valid), so I ordered one. Dell mini-10v. Should be here next week, and I think I will take it to England with me for the Equinox deal. It will do what I need for the trip - compose and send commentary, resize and send photos, and of course it is light and small!

f-mattox 07-18-2009 01:23 PM

Sounds like the perfect traveling companion for the working vacation!

Dave 07-18-2009 02:28 PM


for the working vacation
And it certainly is that! Very tight itinerary with not a lot of free time.

f-mattox 07-18-2009 04:33 PM

As somebody else pointed out, it's a tough job, Dave, but we're glad you stepped up to the plate!

gdjoslin 07-18-2009 04:58 PM

I will be interesting in your thoughts on the netbook. We almost pulled the trigger on one for our last cruise, but didn't. Right now I lug around a 15", it is nice but heavy.

I have a Tamrac Phot backback with a opening to carry my laptop. When going from point a to b it can get heavy, Camera batteries, lenes, filters, laptop, power supply, and it the top section, my cpap powersupply, exra cords, and meds.

LHT28 07-18-2009 08:05 PM

We have a ASUS 900 it works great for travel lightweight for the airline carry on rules I just put it in my tote bag

I have limited memory but it works for email & some surfing.
Battery lasts about 6 hrs


Dwayne 07-18-2009 10:48 PM

I looked at some of those at Best Buy and Wal-Mart. They look pretty nice for the purpose they serve. I'd probably get one if I could afford it for travel. Unfortunately, the old laptop my work (generously, no complaints) loaned me the last 3 years conked out. So I had to buy my first one recently, so I have to recuperate from that unexpected expense first. I am still getting everything set up on it.

After much shopping with a limited budget, I decided on the bargain priced Compaq Presario CQ60. It has a 15.6 widescreen display and a number keypad. Hopefully, both features will be a plus for work purposes. I don't have my work stuff on it yet to say for sure. I just wish it had XP or 7 on it! Vista drives me bonkers with all the pop up alerts and quirks. I'll probably upgrade to 7 asap if it isn't too pricey.

I read recently that Sony was getting in the "netbook" game. I'm sure they'll cost more though.


billybuzzy 07-18-2009 11:02 PM

Dwayne- I'm running on a year old Compac Presario f700 with Windows Vista. I'm using the Norton 360 Anti-viral program which provides me with an excellent pop up blocker. Now that I'm used to it I do like the Vista - it does seem to be more user friendly!


Dave 07-21-2009 01:46 PM

I got the Dell netbook this morning and am typing this on it. Pretty neat little machine. It has a keyboard that is almost the same size as a full laptop, good image quality, and is quite fast given it's little Intel Atom processor. It does have 1GB of RAM and a 120 GB hard drive so it is not skipping on anything other than not having an optical drive - but I don't need one for travel. 3 USB ports and a SD card port are also included. No fan so it gets a little warm if you are taxing the drive a bit. It came with XP installed, which is a good choice. In many ways I like XP better than Vista - although I think Mac OS X blows them both away. Still, this machine is half the size of my "little" MacBook and is much lighter. We'll see how it goes next week on the Equinox. I'll have a backup since the ship is setting up a media room with desktops we can use.

penny3333 07-21-2009 01:51 PM

Sounds good, Dave. Did you get it from Dell directly or from Best Buy? Last week they had Toshiba's (full size) with Vista (32 bit) and 256MB RAM with DVD/CD RW, for $347. RAM is cheap so you could upgrade easily and have a nice notebook for around $400.

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