[access-uk] Re: Netbook thread revisited

Hi Eleanor. I have my PC setup in the dining room with 2.1 speakers from Creative. They sound good with a 30 wot output. The trouble is it's always cold in there in the evenings despite the central heating. This is when I use my laptop. Plus it's much more comfortable sitting back on your sofa with the laptop. The desktop gets used a lot in the summer as it's nice and cool in the dining room. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Eleanor Burke" <eleanorburke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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You've got a fair point there Saqib because I would only invasage using mine out and about. At home I prefer to use my PC, not even necessarily a laptop
unless two people are using computers.

Eleanor
----- Original Message ----- From: "Saqib" <saqib500@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Hi Carrol. Personally I don't think the fan is loud. These machines are
really meant to be used for short periods of time. A couple of hours is
quite ok but if someone wants to keep a machine running longer then a
traditional laptop would be a better option.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Carol Pearson" <carol.pearson29@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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We have an Advent 4211 and I don't consider the fan too loud. We haven't
used it for long periods at a stretch so I don't know either if it gets
too
hot, but we're pleased enough for what we paid and for the reason we need
it.  Mike is not a heavy user and just likes to keep up with his email
and
music, with occasional quick surfing, and he's happy.

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Saqib" <saqib500@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 5:39 PM
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Hi James. Some people did report that the fan was a bit loud on the
Advent
4211. I sometimes use my phone as a modem by USB connection. I get a
decent connection and browsing speed. The Samsung netbook sounds nice
and
I will look into it in the new year.
----- Original Message ----- From: "James Scholes" <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 4:27 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Netbook thread revisited


Hi Saqib, I didn't like the Advent because of the pour build quality
and
keyboard design. Also, the machine tended to get rather hot when using
it. And by the way, I use a program called Joikuspot on my Nokia N95
which transmits my 3G internet from O2 from my phone as a WiFi signal.
I
then can connect to the internet anywhere on the netbook without having
to disable my phone by removing my Sim.

On Friday, December 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM (GMT), Jackie Cairns wrote:
Hi Saqib

Yes I did, and would have gone for it had it not been for the keyboard.
I just preferred the Samsung as I found the  keyboard on the Advent
very
flat and not quite as tactile.  What I mean by that is that some
keyboards are very flat, and the keys don't feel separated. Otherwise,
I
think the spec on the Advent and Samsung were identical.  I think the
Asuss was even smaller, which is fine if you want something really
tiny.
I would just recommend people go out there and have a feel of these
machines before buying.  While they are pretty much alike, there are
some
subtle differences on the keyboard and shape of the machine that might
have a differing appeal.  I think the Packard-Bell had a dual core
processor, but I just didn't like it, and am not a fan of that brand
anyway.


Jackie Cairns
Braille Support Adviser
Email: Jackie.Cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sight and Sound Technology
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Summerhouse Road
Moulton Park
Northampton
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Hi Jacky Did you come across the Advent 4213? That one has a simcard
slot
under the battery and you just insert a Three simcard in and use their
broadband. This feature is useful for when out and about. No need to
look
for a wifi hotspot.
----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 9:14 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Netbook thread revisited


Hi All

Apologies for cross-posting for those subscribed to both lists, but
this topic has been covered on Access UK and BCAB recently.

Having been very interested in the thread of Netbooks, I decided to
have a wander round while on a couple of days leave last week, and
have now purchased the Samsung NC10. I looked at the Advent and Asuss
machines, as well as a similar spec Packard-Bell and the Samsung.  I
chose the latter because I just liked the keyboard that little bit
better.  For those who use a Pac Mate qwerty, the keys on the Samsung
are not unlike it, and I felt comfortable typing on it without feeling
too cramped up for space.

I've now installed JAWS, K1000 and Microsoft Office Professional 2003,
and find it works a treat with these and other programs I have added
and use regularly.  In fact, it's a cracker! I particularly love its
portability, and bought a nice little bag that takes its mains charger
and has room for other items like an external drive or USB pen.

For those interested in wanting to buy one of these machines, the
Samsung NC10 comes with 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, WiFi and Bluetooth,
Windows XP Home, has three USB ports, ethernet connection, microphone
and headphone sockets, and a battery life purported to be around the
2.5
hour mark.
They come in I believe blue, white and black, the latter being the
choice I went for.  They cost around £300.

All the machines I looked at had very similar specifications, with a
slight variation on the estimated battery life.  For me - and this is
very personal to the individual - the Samsung had just that bit nicer
keyboard.

So far, so brill!!

Jackie Cairns
Braille Support Adviser
Email: Jackie.Cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sight and Sound Technology
Welton House North Wing Summerhouse Road Moulton Park Northampton
NN3 6WD
Telephone: 01604 798024
Fax: 01604 798090
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