Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




15246 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

# 135126 15-Nov-2013 10:20
Send private message

I'm considering getting my partner a small laptop to replace her very old slow Dell netbook. Key requirements:
 - Small screen, in the region of 11 - 13" I guess.
 - Good keyboard, she's a PA and types like a manic. Most tablets have poor keyboards.
 - Windows - she quite liked W8 with the touch screens, but not a requirement
 - SSD disk, doesn't need to be huge, we have other computers where data's stored
 - Performance isn't critical. The Dell she has is horribly slow, anything modern will be better
 - I think full windows would be better than Windows RT, so I can known install software on it for her
 - Decent built in camera, for Skype, which is one of its main uses
 - Budget definitely less than $1000.

It's mostly used at home on the sofa or at a table, it's rarely if ever taken out of the house. She's not a huge fan of tablets even with keyboards, we have one already.

I've looked around JB Hifi and nothing jumped out at me. The problem is too much choice online. Finding a small laptop with just an SSD is a bit tricky too. I can take a spinning disk out and clone it, but that would increase the price.

Thoughts appreciated :) NB: I'm out for most of today, I'll answer any follow up questions this evening.






[Mod Edit :BH: Moved to appropriate forum]

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
160 posts

Master Geek


  # 934311 15-Nov-2013 11:16
Send private message

Used Lenovo X220, with a Samsung 840 or mSATA ssd
http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/laptops/laptops/lenovo/auction-661333208.htm
Cheers,

36 posts

Geek


  # 934314 15-Nov-2013 11:37
Send private message

I got myself an Acer Aspire One 756 11.6 in with Windows 7 Premium 64bit for $479, got a 128Gb SSD put in for an extra $200
This was from NZ Laptops in Pakuranga http://www.nzlaptops.co.nz/ but I'm sure other places will carry them too

Does all that I need and nothing that I dont, has 3 USB ports and HDMI out
Dual core Celeron 1.4Ghz so while its not the fastest thing out there its a lot faster than the single core Atom in my previous Lenovo netbook
Also weighs only 1.35 kg which is lighter than some of the machines out there marketed as Ultrabooks
Ideally would have liked something a bit lighter but for under $700 its a pretty good compromise

 
 
 
 


Mr Snotty
8876 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber



15246 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 934431 15-Nov-2013 13:48
Send private message

Those options all look good thanks, the 230 might just be a bit expensive. I'll look more when I get home



15246 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 934478 15-Nov-2013 14:59
Send private message

I thought NZLaptops seemed quite cheap, they're all ex lease computers. Not sure I want to give a second hand machine as a gift.

The Lenovo 230 would be perfect... $940 configured with SSD, though not sure if it's a touch screen or not, probably not. Not sure if I want to spend quite that much. Is there anything a bit cheaper around? Happy to go down in quality a bit.

1495 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 937239 19-Nov-2013 12:12
Send private message

Could wait for the Asus T100 to be available in NZ? It's officially released now but doesn't seem to be available in many places.  A hybrid tablet rather than a laptop though.

On the Bargains and Deals thread the Samsung Ativ 9 13.3" with a 128GB SSD for under $1000 at PB Tech Stores this Friday, model NBKSAM905301.



15246 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 937555 19-Nov-2013 20:58
Send private message

T100 looks pretty good. It's not full windows though, it's Win RT right? Not sure I want that. Leaning toward a small laptop not a tablet with a keyboard, just because the tablet keyboards often aren't great and my partner types like a maniac.

 
 
 
 


1495 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 937625 19-Nov-2013 23:35
Send private message

T100 is full windows 8.1, also comes with Office 2013 Home & Student.  Keyboard might not be good enough for a maniac typer though..



15246 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 937663 20-Nov-2013 07:25
Send private message

Thanks for that, looks interesting. It's about 1/4 the speed of a modern i3, 1/3 the speed of my 8-10 year old Q6600, and 1/8 the speed of my few year old i7. You don't need that speed, but it makes it more future proof.

I think I may hold out for an i3 laptop with an SSD, or that I can add an SSD too.

5173 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Microsoft

  # 937674 20-Nov-2013 07:49
Send private message

T100 is quad core Baytrail Intel Atom. Faster than you'd think. I have one and I can't fault the speed at all.



15246 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 937686 20-Nov-2013 08:38
Send private message

Comparable speed to a real computer for web browsing and Microsoft office? I find slow computers frustrating.

597 posts

Ultimate Geek

Subscriber

  # 937704 20-Nov-2013 09:11
Send private message

timmmay: I'm considering getting my partner a small laptop to replace her very old slow Dell netbook. Key requirements:
 - Small screen, in the region of 11 - 13" I guess.
 - Good keyboard, she's a PA and types like a manic. Most tablets have poor keyboards.
 - Windows - she quite liked W8 with the touch screens, but not a requirement
 - SSD disk, doesn't need to be huge, we have other computers where data's stored
 - Performance isn't critical. The Dell she has is horribly slow, anything modern will be better
 - I think full windows would be better than Windows RT, so I can known install software on it for her
 - Decent built in camera, for Skype, which is one of its main uses
 - Budget definitely less than $1000.

It's mostly used at home on the sofa or at a table, it's rarely if ever taken out of the house. She's not a huge fan of tablets even with keyboards, we have one already.

I've looked around JB Hifi and nothing jumped out at me. The problem is too much choice online. Finding a small laptop with just an SSD is a bit tricky too. I can take a spinning disk out and clone it, but that would increase the price.

Thoughts appreciated :) NB: I'm out for most of today, I'll answer any follow up questions this evening.






[Mod Edit :BH: Moved to appropriate forum]


http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03219667&cc=nz&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_r1002_nzen_c-001_title_r0001

I have one of these for sale if your interested.

$400 incl shipping. 

Awesome little machine.

Google it for reviews/ pics etc.

PM me if keen.

Thanks.



15246 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 937737 20-Nov-2013 09:55
Send private message

Looks interesting, but only interested in new thanks.

2130 posts

Uber Geek


  # 937741 20-Nov-2013 10:04
Send private message

Is she going to like typing on a tiny keyboard?

IME 10"-11" machine keyboards are a bit of a nightmare, and my hands are pretty small. Perhaps it's the sausage like fingers that cause it.




Location: Dunedin

 




15246 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 937744 20-Nov-2013 10:09
Send private message

She has a tiny Dell laptop right now, ten or eleven inches, she loves it but it's old and slow.

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Arlo unveils its first video doorbell
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:27


New Zealand students shortlisted for James Dyson Award
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:18


Norton LifeLock Launches Norton 360
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:11


Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards results
Posted 18-Oct-2019 10:18


Logitech introduces new Made for Google keyboard and mouse devices
Posted 16-Oct-2019 13:36


MATTR launches to accelerate decentralised identity
Posted 16-Oct-2019 10:28


Vodafone X-Squad powers up for customers
Posted 16-Oct-2019 08:15


D Link ANZ launches EXO Smart Mesh Wi Fi Routers with McAfee protection
Posted 15-Oct-2019 11:31


Major Japanese retailer partners with smart New Zealand technology IMAGR
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:29


Ola pioneers one-time passcode feature to fight rideshare fraud
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:24


Spark Sport new home of NZC matches from 2020
Posted 10-Oct-2019 09:59


Meet Nola, Noel Leeming's new digital employee
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:07


Registrations for Sprout Accelerator open for 2020 season
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:02


Teletrac Navman welcomes AI tech leader Jens Meggers as new President
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:41


Vodafone makes voice of 4G (VoLTE) official
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:36



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.