Sunday, April 04, 2010

 

iPad fever strikes

Okay, I like small portable computers and that new Apple IPad does look pretty good. I have been toying with the idea of buying a newer, smaller portable laptop, something smaller and easier to carry around than my 15" screen Toshiba laptop. I've been looking at those Netbook machines with their 10" screens and thinking that it would be easier to lug around and now that they have fairly large Lithium based batteries they do have a good long operating time on a charge- over nine hours or so depending on how many other things you also are powering on the battery.

Well, I really am not an Apple computer guy and from what I've seen on TV that IPad is mainly a toy, not something that you can also use for serious computing. With all this tumbling around in my brain and a strong wind & rain storm going on outside on Friday evening, I logged onto eBay. When I brought up Netbooks on their site, there was a coffee brown Toshiba NB205-N325BN computer that had only been used about four months and the guy replaced it with a desktop machine. In the meantime, he had expanded it's memory from 1Gb RAM to 2Gb and added a Logitech V470 Optical Bluetooth Mini Mouse with cases for the mouse and the computer.

He started the bidding by asking $99.99 but after 12 bids it was up to something like $275, not a bad price for a package that would probably cost at least $475 to duplicate. I couldn't resist putting in a bid for about $3 more than what had been bid but it was immediately overbid by someone else who had put in a higher bid that he was willing to pay than what was listed. I should also mention that when I first logged onto this auction, there was only four minutes left before it would be done.

With less than a minute left, I quickly decided that I'd be willing to pay up to $325 for this and taking out the $18.45 shipping charge, I entered a bid of up to $306.55 and punched the button with only a very few seconds left in the auction. Mine won for a price of $286.55 plus the shipping charges. The seller is in Elizabethtown, KY and he promptly shipped it via USPS Priority Mail on Saturday morning and it should arrive here tomorrow, Monday, in my mail delivery!

Here is a link to the Toshiba web site, right to their page for the Netbook computer that I have bought. Mine is the brown one. I'll get some photos after it arrives tomorrow and do another post before too long with my thoughts on the machine. It will take a little time before I'll have it fully operating as these machines don't have a DVD drive built in and the one I have on order from Amazon.com won't be here until probably the end of next week.

It is all Apple Computer's fault.

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Cool! Congrats on winning the bid Dick. I look forward to your review on it. :)
 
As we say at our house, "Step away from the EBay!"

My husband has a netbook and he loves it, so congratulations and have fun.
 
It came this morning in the mail & I'm on it now! I do like it but the OS is Win XP, not Win 7 Starter Edition like the listing on eBay said. But I will upgrade it to Win 7 Professional anyway, it is just a bit more complex from XP. Good thing I don't have a lot of things already installed on it- makes it easier but I'll have to wait for the DVD device that is coming from Amazon.com before I can do that.

The keyboard feels okay but it is a bit smaller than what I am used to.
 
I have an HP notebook that's a couple of years old. It's my primary computer now, though I still have my WinXP desktop. The desktop I only use offline these days. It desperately needs a tuneup but I'm not sure it's worth spending the money on it. I'd much rather find a good used laptop to use as a backup just in case this notebook should have problems.

I've never had any experience with Macs or any Apple products, so don't know if I'd like the Ipad or not. I think I might like the feature that allows you to download books to read on it, but I like the bigger screen on my notebook and I don't know that I'd like to surf the net with a screen as small as the one on the Ipad.

I'll be interested to read your review of your new (to you) netbook.

Enjoy your new toy, Dick. ;o)

Love and hugs,

Diane
 
Little Boys and their toys!!! LOLOL
 
I was considering buying one but I don't know if I want the smaller size keyboard. I can do a smaller screen but I'm kinda sensory with the way keyboards and mouses work. Most laptop type mouses drive me bonkers.

There is something to sitting at a desk that I like.
 
I don't think my comment posted. Bugger. Tell us how your new comp works. I'm thinking of getting one!
 
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