December 19, 2008 at 10:44 am #160131murena22Member
I don’t think this topic has been fully covered anywhere else as yet. There have a been a lot of postings saying why many of you chose the NC10 over other netbooks. And, in passing, several posts have mentioned the business uses people have for their Sammy. But I’d be interested to know why you chose a netbook (in the generic rather than Samsung sense) over a full size laptop, or other option, and how you find it fits into your everyday life.
Panman’s survey shows that most respondents have their Sammy for personal use rather than business, and that most haven’t owned a netbook before. Also that most people here already have one or more other computers available to them – so why do you need a netbook if you already have alternatives at your disposal?
Are you one those who have to explore all the latest gadgets and just had to have a netbook to be able to say you’d tried it out, or did it appear to meet a particular need and you thought carefully about how it would add something useful to the way you live?
Having taken the plunge did it fulfil the role you envisaged for it? If not, why not? And have you since found uses which you hadn’t previously thought of? Do you use it more or less than you anticipated?
Some of these questions are only really answerable after several months of usage, so I’d like to think this thread may have a long lifespan.
My own story of how I arrived in netbook land is lengthy, so I’ll save that for a further posting. And now, over to you…..December 19, 2008 at 11:15 am #176467StakerMember
I firslty bought the 701 a year ago for my univeristy, i would take it into lectures, work on a laptop within the library and because i live 30mins walk away from uni it is the perfect wieght.
The keyboard was too small for my needs and i have had the msi wind, 1000h and now the nc10 which is perfect due to the large quality keyboard.
I reckon this netbook is the only computer you need at university, i can easily write 2000 word essays just as easily as my 20″ desktop.
As i am at home now i havent even plugged my desktop in because i can sit on the sofa doing whatever i need to do, browsing mostly.
So i use it for work and personal reasons, i think they are a great innovation in the market, ever since i had the 701 i was never going back to bigger laptops.December 19, 2008 at 11:17 am #176446jezMember
I have posted a few of my thoughts on the site blog in the past. But to summarise, it started off as something I would take on the train so I could recapture some time to myself and work on some of personal projects.
The unexpected place the netbook has actually found is in integrating the internet into our daily lives. It is now much easier to switch the machine on and check something out whilst in the kitchen, or in the living room. It means that I tend not to lock myself away with my PC quite so much. If I just want to sit and check my mails etc that can be done in the living room. Usually the netbook gets passed around or we’ll show each other different sites etc. An unexpected but welcome use in my opinion!
I have also really liked being able to catch up on TV via iPlayer whilst tucked up in bed. Watching internet TV never seemed that much fun sat at a desk. I just need some better speakers now!
My use out of the house has been much less that expected, I am hoping a new dongle might change that. I might test out mobile broadband with one of those pay as you go packages that three.co.uk are offering.December 19, 2008 at 11:32 am #17645671notoutMember
I used to use my 15″ laptop for watching TV in bed, and took it with me when working away from home (as my 17″ work laptop weighs a ton!).
Bought my wife an Acer Aspire earlier this year and was really thinking about a netbook for myself because primarily I am a gadget fan.
Now I have one, I tend to use it more and more – only go back to the 15″ when wanting to burn a DVD or play poker online as the Sammy screen is a bit small to see everything.
Looking forward to working away again so I can take it with me.December 19, 2008 at 12:53 pm #176465WigglerMember
back at my uni home i have my pain pc which is an slightly overclocked quadcore with 4gb of ram which i use for most of my uni work. I also hav a hp laptop whioch i use as my main laptop but its battery is knackared so can only use it on mains. I got my NC10 for use on the move, trains etc and at uni, like in lectures or in the bar bewteen lectures.December 19, 2008 at 1:05 pm #176453s162000Member
I used to own a 701 and I bought it as a portable multimedia device (retro gaming,movies,internet etc) but realised that the battery was rubbish, the CPU was too weak and the HDD space was not enough.
So I waited for the NC10 and now I am happy at last. I take it everywhere, to work, round friends houses (to show off lol) and on holidays. It’s the perfect size to fit in a bag and not be a burden weight wise. I am soon to get a Win TV usb for xmas (if i’ve been good) so it’s going to be a TV recorder as well.
It’s also made me more sociable as I can sit in the lounge now instead of cooped up in the PC room.December 19, 2008 at 3:19 pm #176462saureyMember
My Sammy is now my primary system. The screen and keyboard are a pleasure to use and it’s small chassis and ridiculous battery life let me use it all over the house. The massive hard-drive holds my itunes music, and it’s a great tinkering computer too. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I’ll be buying the next generation one when those 2-core atoms and Windows 7 come out. (2010 probably)December 19, 2008 at 3:54 pm #176448BritmanMember
For me it’s become part of my photography kit. It’s pretty ideal as a photo backup and light editing PC. It’s small enough to fit in the camera bag, tie it in with 3G I can take a shot and upload it on location.
I also use it to surf whilst in bed or watch TV via the Sling box.
I used to be and still am to a certain extent a EEEPC fanboy but because pi**ed of with the amount of version they have.December 19, 2008 at 5:06 pm #176459russwebMember
The tube. I sold my Dell XPS 13″ which I loved dearly. But today on a crowded rush hour train – I live far enough out of town to get a seat – I finished off a chapter of a report that I’d started earlier. On the way home, I had Louis Armstrong concert from BBC iplayer. Also, if I have something quick to look up, I just fire up Sammy – did this the other night while cooking dinner and showed my other half the results – a health-related article while I was draining the pasta
Can’t believe it’s cheap as chips too…December 19, 2008 at 5:32 pm #176451joepleaseMember
im getting mine for school work, its light and easy to transport to and from school, and also to use at home for instant messaging, internet browsing, iplayer and maybe torrenting.December 19, 2008 at 7:28 pm #176450undoMember
I got mine because it’s so much lighter and cooler than my previous laptop. Most of my computer use is casual surfing so it’s on my lap a lot. I can hardly stand the heat and weight of standard size portables.
But, it’s a second computer for me. When I really need to get things done, I use my desktop Mac.December 20, 2008 at 6:55 pm #176447MarkRMember
Actually I originally bought my Sammy as a replacement for an expensive Vaio that now has a cracked screen. I found that we were only really using the Vaio for surfing and updating the occasional document – so the NC-10 would easily be able to cope…..but in a smaller package … and at a price less than it would cost to replace the cracked Sony screen.
But since getting the little (blue) NC-10 after some wait – I find I am really enjoying it – and have become somewhat attached ! I never bothered to join any kind of Forum before, but now I read this quite regularly – and want to make sure my netbook is all it can be ! Making sure drivers/software etc is up to date – and am now thinking of RAM upgrade.
We use this as a way of accessing the web in the mornings to catch the news while having breakfast – and my wife is likes gadgets only for their usefulness (not for being an gadget) loves it
I just need to find a good way to attach to the web when on the move – would be nice to find a way to use my Blackberry as a modem, then I can use it anywhere.
FYI – I also have Dell desktop running the home network – and a work-supplied Fujitsu laptop.December 22, 2008 at 8:17 pm #176457murena22Member
About time I made my contribution to my own thread!
Although we live on Merseyside we also have a small flat up in Edinburgh
which we try to visit as often as possible.
(For those who are not UK based â€“ or are geographically challengedâ€™ â€“
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, the northernmost of the
countries comprising the UK, and is about 200 miles north of Southport
where I work and live.)
To keep running costs down the flat has no landline phone or internet
connection, but there are times when we do miss being able to check
emails and have a quick surf. The former is largely taken care of by
our Blackberries, but even that can be frustrating at times (I have a
Pearl as I prefer to have phone thatâ€™s comfortable to carry in a trouser
pocket, but it does mean having a keyboard thatâ€™s frustrating for
writing longer mails).
The obvious solution to having web access was to use the local wifi
hotspots, but with what? Given the relatively small amount of time it
would be used it shouldnâ€™t be too expensive, but it also needed to be
fairly discrete â€“ I wasnâ€™t looking to pose by whipping out some monster
notebook. So when the original eee was announced I followed
developments with great interest, and purchased a 701 4G a few months
after they became available.
And itâ€™s been great for itâ€™s intended purpose. There are three pubs
nearby with pretty solid wifi, so most days up there involve a
compulsory pint and surf session. The eee was so light in my shoulder
bag I hardly knew it was there, the fast boot and shutdown times of
Linux helped maximise the time, and, given that I was usually just
looking at a few sites and maybe doing a bit of mail, the small keyboard
and shortish battery life never became an issue.
But. What surprised me was how much the eee fitted into other areas of
my life. The aforementioned speed of connection meant it was often
first choice if I wanted to check something out and needed the
information quickly. It was perfect for lying back in bed and flicking
through a few sites. Meanwhile I found myself giving up my work laptop
(a 14â€ Dell) for the lightness of the eee. Most of my trips away are on
train journeys to London, so itâ€™s been great to have the eee as a video
player and note taker.
Then it went on holiday. We travelled to Florence by train and the
netbook provided a means to type up a journal of the trip; backup,
display and delete photos; play a bit of video before we tried to sleep
on the â€˜sleeperâ€™; and surf a bit on the hotel wifi.
So the eee, quite insidiously, became a major part of my life, but the small keyboard and screen became increasingly annoying the more I used it. Hence the need for an upgrade, this time knowing that whatever I got would be intended as my main PC around the house.
Hence the Sammy. Decent keyboard. Screen just about big enough for my aging eyes and no need for horizontal scrolling. Enough storage to have all my music (about 80Gb) with me. And, as others have said, makes me more sociable because I can be surfing or typing in whichever room my wife fancies being in.
We’re off to the flat tomorrow for Xmas and New Year so I’ll see how well he fits in there. Part of me doesn’t want to take him into an environment where he’ll sit on beer stained tables and get messy! There’s also the thought that the boot closedown times will be that bit longer, and the HDD more at risk that the SSD of the eee, so I’m not sure he’s actually an eee replacement. Now the Acer Aspire would offer a better screen and keyboard, Linux spped, SSD resilience, and I might not be so worried about getting it out and about….. got to go now, my credit card has just done a runner.December 24, 2008 at 12:41 am #176469DrATMember
My NC10 replaces my Advent 4211 Wind clone. My sister coveted that and now has it.
The NC10 fits in my briefcase; I tended to put the contents of my briefcase in my laptop bag before. It’s small and performs every Office task I need away from home. The better battery life of the NC10 spurred my move from the Advent. When I bought the 4211 I didn’t expect it to be as useful as it was and the battery became an inconvenience.
I don’t use my laptop now and my desktop is used for games, video editing and number crunching. I don’t regard my NC10 as a netbook at all; it’s a small laptop. Unless gaming is your thing, or you need a bigger screen resolution, the NC10 is great. A 1440×900 screen would make the NC10 perfect in my eyes.December 24, 2008 at 7:49 am #176449OhSnapMember
I got my Sammy so I can back my photos up and delete the ones I don’t want while traveling. I needed something that’s lightweight and has a big hard drive, and a big enough screen so that I can easily see the photos.
Of course now I find I’m using it at least once a day at home for browsing the internet and whatnot. I <3 my Sammy. 🙂
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