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    So I'm going to be off in Rome for 10 weeks without my beloved desktop and I don't currently have anything along the lines of a notebook. I want to mostly just get something so I can use skype, check my email, etc, but I'd also like to be able to play some older games on steam.

    I had my eye on an open box one of these for $270 but it went out of stock and I don't get paid until Thursday. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220857 The processor seems to own the intel atom and the ATI 4250 isn't bad for what it is. The price at $350 is a bit much, but it's still cheap relatively, it seems.

    Anyone have suggestions? I wouldn't mind a full notebook either as long as it's under 15" and $400.

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    I would say ASUS is definetly the way to go

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      make sure you go see the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. It's frickin amazing.
      "Crunch's First Officer"
      twitter: @signaprime

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        Originally posted by Kreepy Kitteh =^o.O^=
        > going to Rome

        > want to play video games

        $200 for a netbook that will allow u to look at ur emails and watch ur gay porn. The other $500-800 you would have spent on a laptop can go towards enjoying yourself physically..

        just sayin'
        Learn to read. I said I'm not spending over $400 (preferably $350 or less). I don't want to play cutting edge games, I meant like Starcraft and Super Meat Boy. Hence the leaning towards a netbook, but I could almost just as easily get a slightly larger notebook (say 14-15") for about the same price.

        Originally posted by signa
        make sure you go see the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. It's frickin amazing.
        hell yeah! And I'll be there for Easter. Should be fun to see. Besides all the Roman stuff that's just laying around.

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        • #5
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          Just get a netbook and enjoy being in Rome.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Spik3d
            Just get a netbook and enjoy being in Rome.

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              if you find ezio ask for a autograph

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              • #8
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                I hear the Jersey Shore is going to be filming in Italy when I'm there. :awes

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                • #9
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                  Oh great, nothing says Rome like Jersey Shore.

                  I have a friend that has an older model of this one and they like it a lot. Does a lot of stuff for them. They dont game on it though, but do just about everything else. If you bought that I dont think you would be disapointed.

                  Crunch
                  Twitter: @CptainCrunch
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                  • #10
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                    Alright, unless I see a better deal online somewhere in the next few days I'm going to buy this one:

                    http://www.buy.com/prod/asus-1015pn-...217473112.html

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                    • #11
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                      Forget taking your work with you,its a holiday sheeesh.. just chase the local puntang.

                      When in rome do it greek style lol.

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                      • #12
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                        I've still been looking for an affordable/practical notebook or netbook. This isn't JUST for when I'm in Rome (I'm not going on vacation; I'm still doing a full school load with my university). After doing some research I'm starting to lean away from netbooks. I like the portability and battery life, but I can't bring myself to buy something with such a slow CPU or intel integrated graphics and the few that do seem decent (Asus 1215n looks very nice) are a wee bit expensive for the performance. So I resorted to checking dell outlet. I know there will be people who will get upset about that, but so far I've found the best deal there. So here's the specs:

                        Dell 15
                        * Processor: Intel Core i3-370M Processor (3M cache, 2.40 GHz)
                        * 500 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
                        * 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (2 DIMMs)
                        * 8X DVD +/- RW Drive
                        * 1 GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD550v, 64-Bit, DDR3

                        $489.00 for Scratch and Dent and $519.00 for refurbished.

                        Thoughts? The one thing I'd be worried about with such a big GPU now is power consumption/battery life which I haven't really found solid data on.

                        Edit: There's also the 14" version of the laptop with the same specs, but 5 hour 15 minute supposed battery life. Not bad for $509 :awes

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                        • #13
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                          If you're worried about battery consumption, but still want a decent GPU with which to play a few games, you could look into getting a laptop with Nvidia Optimus tech. They run Intel and Nvidia GPUs at the same time, so Intel when you're doing light work and Nvidia when graphics acceleration is needed. Battery life is pretty good for simple web surfing and such, performance can be pretty good when playing games.

                          I have an Acer laptop with a GT540M that I got for $650. I'm sure you could find an older model for cheaper. The only thing to think about is the drivers. I had to manually hack my drivers in order to play PunkBuster games because they don't allow multiple Direct3D devices to be loaded at the same time.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by [Expletive Deleted]
                            If you're worried about battery consumption, but still want a decent GPU with which to play a few games, you could look into getting a laptop with Nvidia Optimus tech. They run Intel and Nvidia GPUs at the same time, so Intel when you're doing light work and Nvidia when graphics acceleration is needed. Battery life is pretty good for simple web surfing and such, performance can be pretty good when playing games.

                            I have an Acer laptop with a GT540M that I got for $650. I'm sure you could find an older model for cheaper. The only thing to think about is the drivers. I had to manually hack my drivers in order to play PunkBuster games because they don't allow multiple Direct3D devices to be loaded at the same time.
                            Couldn't find one for less than around $650 with that GPU. I'm leaning more and more to the dell though. 5 hours isn't really much less than even some netbooks, although the HP DM1Z seems to kick the ass of just about any other netbook. http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...ies&aoid=35252 on sale for $420 with a coupon.

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                            • #15
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                              This should help you decide

                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omniscience

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