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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012 9:42:03 AM PST
A. Korzhen says:
Hi all,
Need some of your wisdom, since I haven't kept up with the latest computer hardware advances. Currently, I have a Samsung N120 netbook I use as my livingroom/coffeetable computer. I use it for web, music, photos, and minor MS Office duty. It streams very poorly, so I would use it for netflix/hulu, but currently don't.

In the immediate future, I will be building a home network around a synology NAS box. I would like the new netbook to be the main access point for the NAS. So, what Im looking for is...
1) great screen - would love OLED.
2) fast processor for streaming.
3) SSD HD - size is irrelevant due to NAS.
4) Good for Win8 upgrade if I decide to take the plunge.
5) N-wifi.
6) 10-ish" screen.
7) Possible in the 300-400 price range?

So, basically, what I want is something similar to my N120, but brought current with modern tech, and good video replay/streaming ability.

This novice appreciates all your suggestions.
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 8:13:31 AM PST
WolfPup says:
<<< A. Korzhen says:
Hi all,
Need some of your wisdom, since I haven't kept up with the latest computer hardware advances. Currently, I have a Samsung N120 netbook I use as my livingroom/coffeetable computer. I use it for web, music, photos, and minor MS Office duty. It streams very poorly, so I would use it for netflix/hulu, but currently don't.>>>

Yeah, Intel's Atom is really more of a smartphone chip, not good enough for PCs. Even AMD's C and E series chips that were designed to compete with it blow it away, but AMD's A series or Intel's i series are really best.

<<<1) great screen - would love OLED.>>>

I'm not aware of ANY notebooks with OLED. And OLED isn't necessarily better than LCD, can be better or worse, like anything else. There are huge differences in quality on notebook screens, but you have to pay a lot more for higher quality ones, and also typically they're on larger notebooks. Certainly you're not going to get anything mind blowing for under $400! When you get up into the $1000-2000 range you start having some systems with significantly better screens. They're not BAD though even on the cheaper systems, I think.

<<<2) fast processor for streaming.>>>

If you're looking at between $300-400 and you want it to handle video well, you've got exactly one decent choice-something with AMD's A series CPUs which have a solid (modern, not Pentium 1 like as Atom is) CPU plus a solid GPU, preferably as fast as possible. A10's the best, but you won't get it in a $400 notebook. You miiiight be able to do an A8, as there have been a number of sales this week, and Best Buy even during normal weeks typically has one single notebook a week with an A series CPU for around $400 (sometimes like $380, sometimes $430, etc.)

<<<3) SSD HD - size is irrelevant due to NAS.>>>

In the ultra low end space, everything's going to come with 5400RPM drives, not 7200 nor hybrid nor SSDs. You can throw in a cheap Crucial though...if storage space really doesn't matter, $100 buys you 128GB or so which should be enough for the OS and a few basic programs.

<<<4) Good for Win8 upgrade if I decide to take the plunge.>>>

PCs ship with Windows 8 now, though I THINK that offer for a $15 download is still available for the handful of older systems out there.

<<<6) 10-ish" screen.>>>

I'm not sure that there's anything but Atom CPUs in 10" notebooks, which are junk. In 11.6" notebooks you can get AMD's A series or Intel's i series for $1000+ (maybe slightly cheaper too). 11.6" and a modern CPU? Not going to happen for $400. The closest you can get is AMD's E series...you can maybe get like HP's 11.6" model. It's better than Atom, but still is very low end and may not be good enough. For something with a modern CPU (i.e. AMD's A series, Intel's i series) I think you're looking at 14 or 15.6" notebooks in that price range. Of course personally I'd MUCH rather have as large a screen as possible!

<<<So, basically, what I want is something similar to my N120, but brought current with modern tech, and good video replay/streaming ability.>>>

Best you can do in that price range in that screen size is 11.6" with AMD's E series...or pay more like $1000...or do a larger screen with AMD's A series or Intel's i series.
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