This is yet another post about Netbook/sub-laptop/ULPC/Etc... With a twist. Ive been interested in these for a while... But this is the first time I was actualy serious about buying one. I set these little goals for stuff like this. When it was my LCD TV is was 42", 1080p, and 1000$, when those conditions were met I would buy one, and I did. This time it was the Netbook. When I could get 10" screen, 1gb ram, 80gb+ HD, less than 400$ I would consider buying. I hoped the prices were around there this holiday so first I went around and shopped in person. I tried to find every one I could in person. I went to Frys and played with the Lenovo s10, Acer Aspire One, and the ASUS EEEPC. The Lenovo won, but not hands down. For starters the mouse buttons were in the right spots under the track pad, and it felt solid like my t42. The EEEPC felt cheap like a toy. But the Aspire onewas a serious close second, even with the weird button placement and was the right price. I looked at the HP 2133 and Dell mini 9 at the campus bookstore. I wasn't impressed. The HP's screen was too small, and I just didn't like the disk selection of the Dell. The only ones that I was considering that I couldnt get my hands on were the MSI Wind and the Samsung NC10.
So since I wasnt stoked on the ones I could get to, I decided to just take the plunge based on the price and reviews. I bought a Netbook on the first.
Now since this is December you might think I mean 12/1/08 ; but I don't. I mean the first Monday after "Black Friday"... "Cyber Monday". What the fuck is this! Ive worked in IT since 98 and Ive never heard of "Cyber Monday", its a made up shopping day like Secretaries day and Valentines... just kidding I love fake outrage. Actually it was pretty sweet, I was shopping the "Black Friday" sales for a netbook and it turns out "Cyber Monday" is a much better day for computer related items... I found some decent prices on Amazon, but as we all know I cant do that again, its not fair to my family, friends, and most importantly me. I went to Newegg and found a MSI Wind for 299$ after rebate. Not too shabby. And as it turns out the machine I ended up getting was a "Black Friday" sale that ran or was extended through "Cyber Monday"