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    Any "Mini Laptop Recommendations"?

    Need it to be Wireless G compatible built internally. Wireless N unnecessary.

    Never needed tons of RAM or Memory. Don't anticipate needing it.

    Need SD card, USB, CD Burner.

    Good battery is a plus.

    Weight doesn't mean anything at all to me.

    Good deals & few problems are always a plus.

    Thanks for all opinions.

    J.C.

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    Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

    Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
    Any "Mini Laptop Recommendations"?

    Need it to be Wireless G compatible built internally. Wireless N unnecessary.

    Never needed tons of RAM or Memory. Don't anticipate needing it.

    Need SD card, USB, CD Burner.

    Good battery is a plus.

    Weight doesn't mean anything at all to me.

    Good deals & few problems are always a plus.

    Thanks for all opinions.

    J.C.
    The CD burner knocks you out of the mini stuff. What are you hoping to use the laptop for? I have been really happy with my Dell mini but realize it will not do what my full-size lap tops will do. I just ordered Brenda a new Dell mini last week and it only cost me $250.00.

    Mark
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    • #3
      Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

      as mark mentioned the cd/dvd drive is out.

      you could buy an external drive and then plug it into the usb when necessary.

      joey loves her acer aspire 8.9''.

      160 h.d with 6 cell battery and it comes in pink

      mine is blue

      what color is your's plumbskool

      great little machine and i've loaded the invoice program. soon to take it out in the field

      rick.
      phoebe it is

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      • #4
        Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

        Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
        soon to take it out in the field

        rick.
        Steve
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        • #5
          Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

          Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
          as mark mentioned the cd/dvd drive is out.

          you could buy an external drive and then plug it into the usb when necessary.

          joey loves her acer aspire 8.9''.

          160 h.d with 6 cell battery and it comes in pink

          mine is blue

          what color is your's plumbskool

          great little machine and i've loaded the invoice program. soon to take it out in the field

          rick.
          My mini 9 is White and Brenda's is Pink. Hopefully Brenda will not read this as hers is a valentines gift.

          Mark
          "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

          I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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          • #6
            Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

            If weight doesn't mean anything why do you want a mini?

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            • #7
              Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

              Originally posted by cpw View Post
              If weight doesn't mean anything why do you want a mini?
              Lunchtime! Forum Time!

              I listed that in the criteria because I figured that some would have recommendations with weight factoring in. The smaller size cpu is what I like as space is always an issue for me.

              Mini's have been cheaper from what I've heard. No need for me to have extra features, extra weight, or spend an extra $100.00. Wrong?

              Now that I think about it, I really don't need a CD burner. But don't you need CD-ROM of some sort to load programs from disks? I made the assumption that if they would put in a CD-ROM then they would just put in a burner.

              Thanks. Acer is on the list.

              J.C.

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              • #8
                Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

                you can load software off thumbdrive. most software has the option of installing off the web to.

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                • #9
                  Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

                  Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
                  Mini's have been cheaper from what I've heard. No need for me to have extra features, extra weight, or spend an extra $100.00. Wrong?
                  Nope. I just wanted to see the logic behind it. I don't know if minis will be cheaper or not; at least in the past, small sizes have come at a premium.

                  Now that I think about it, I really don't need a CD burner. But don't you need CD-ROM of some sort to load programs from disks? I made the assumption that if they would put in a CD-ROM then they would just put in a burner.
                  A burner could be useful if you wanted to put the video inspections that you do on a disk for the customer.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

                    The little mini-laps or Netbooks are some pretty nifty little things. Amazingly, they are much cheaper than laptops or even full-size computers. Most of them come with software pre-loaded (some Linux, some XP), and have no CD. They do have hard drives, usually not very big but big enough. They have USB ports so you can plug in a thumb drive. Due to the fact they don't have to spin up a huge drive or a CD, the batteries are smaller. The displays aren't as nice as a full lappy, but what do you want? They're functional and portable. As long as all you want is web, email, and maybe a custom app or 2 they're fine. For the See-Snake users, you could download the video to thumb drive and burn a CD for the customer later. The small footprint of the tiny netbook gets it in tighter spaces and makes them better suited for a See-Snake application, IMO. I wouldn't want to get goo in the CD drive of my expensive lappy anyway! You could get an inverter for your truck and have an external USB CD burner for the videos. Dump the See-Snake onto the Thumb drive, take the netbook to the truck w/the thumb drive and burn the CD there.

                    Netbook CPU's are typically those found in small devices like Palm PDA's and some phones. They're not tremendously fast. If you don't need a lot of horsepower for the apps you do, then a Netbook for the road is a good idea.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

                      It's no mini but I'm happy with my lappy

                      Itronix GoBook III made by General Dynamics
                      (also sold as an HP Fully Rugged NR3610)

                      Touch Screen, Wireless G, Bluetooth, GPS, DVD-RW

                      Spilled tomatoe sauce from my meatball sub all over the keyboard. Took it outside and hosed it off

                      The best feature is that it hangs over the steering wheel for easy viewing

                      Bought it used off eBay for under 5 bills

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                      • #12
                        Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

                        http://store.apple.com/us/configure/...mco=MzE2NjMyOA


                        it's small and sexy, and they're great about their warranties, which could be a plus carrying it in a work vehicle.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

                          Acer has a couple mini models. One I tinkered with had 160GB HDD, 1 GB Ram, 1.6 GHz processor, 8.9" screen.

                          Dell has some to choose from. Their 8.9" ones come with Solid State Drives, up to 64 GB. They also have 12.1" and 13.3" lappies. Those have optical drive built in.

                          For the newer machines without optical media you can get external DVD burner for well under $100.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

                            Your mini laptops will not likely have a cd drom drive. You will need a portable drive to load your software.

                            Just be careful about purchasing one from Buycables or Cables4PC over the internet.

                            I ordered an external cd rom from this vendor in the name of Cables4PC.. com in November for my eeePC. They are also on eBay as "Cables4PC" and "Buycables."

                            The vendor tahes more than two weeks and sends me a Floppy Drive. When I contacted them by email, they claimed that they do not make such mistakes.

                            The package was sent to me "Return Postage Guaranteed." On that account, I sealed it back, took it to the Post Office and sent it back to them.

                            They claimed they did not received it, and failed to issue a refund. Since they have the record of their shipping, they claimed they never received the return.

                            Credit card company can't help, since they chose only to report that I received the package.
                            This vendor uses the system to scam buyers out of their money.

                            It appeared to be a good deal at less that $20 delivered. But, it was really $20 gone.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Mini Laptop Recommendations

                              I would suggest looking at the models Acer has to offer. They are lean, dependable and priced right. They have deal aplenty online right now. Check 'em out.
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