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25-Jul-2009, 12:33 PM #1
Question Netbooks for ONLINE Games?
I'm looking for recommendations and/or advice on netbooks mainly for playing online games. My research all seems to point at traveling with your netbook which is not relevant to my needs.

Said needs are:
  • Will be plugged in to a wall for power at all times
  • Will probably be operating on our LAN at home, wireless if possible
  • Will be used for online games at Yahoo, Alawar, NewGrounds, etc.
  • Will be used for some games I own from PopCap (not sure on this)
  • Will be used to surf blogs/boards
  • Will be used to update Google Docs
  • Will be priced around $200

While it seems pretty simple, all I want is a cheap, easy computer to lay in bed and play games while I listen to audiobooks, the reviews and rec's I've seen don't really apply to such laziness. Hopefully you guys can point me in a good direction!
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25-Jul-2009, 01:16 PM #2
Netbooks at the $200 price point will be very small. If you haven't seen an 8.9" screen, I suggest you physically look at one before buying. It's small. Depending on the game, it could be a deal-breaker.

I don't know why you'd want it plugged in all the time. One of the major benefits of a netbook is portability. Some run as long as 8 hours on battery.
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26-Jul-2009, 11:41 PM #3
A netbook will be able to satisfy all of those requirements, although the screen size is small, you wont be able to get a bigger one then around 9" for the price range you are look at (new)

these are the cheapest new ones with a good size scree n (10.1") your are prolly going to find

here is a link to ones in your pricerange

for 200.00 and the max bang for your buck, the alternative, is to buy one off ebay

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28-Jul-2009, 01:24 PM #4
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29-Jul-2009, 02:34 AM #5
I would say it depends on the games. Netbooks are not gaming machines. I have no problems playing older games like Neverwinter Nights, or Diablo 2 on my Asus EEE PC 900HA. Even though the specs say it will support Wow, I wouldn't try it. Flash games or Popcap games shouldn't be a problem.
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29-Jul-2009, 04:59 PM #7
You may want to invest in a larger screen. 8-9" screens are very tiny, and a lot of people find the small keyboard size hard to work with. Since you seem to be using it as a home computer, you don't need the netbook's biggest draw - ultraportability, but you're sacrificing almost every aspect of a computer (specs, size, comfort, screen size, resolution...) for it.

I recommend going to a computer store and seeking out their smaller netbooks and asking to mess around with one for a few minutes (if they're not turned on for display anyway). They're smaller than they sound.

I don't know your financial situation, how pressing the need for a new computer is, or how much you're willing/able to save and spend on a computer, but it may be worth it to save a hundred or two more and look at cheap full-size laptops. Decent ones with specs suitable for what you want it for are only 100-200 more than you said already, and you will definately appreciate the larger screen and keyboard and better specs.
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