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Wanted: Inexpensive, small, browsing laptop

Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
You know, maybe 640x480 or 600x800, tiny hard drive, but small - like maybe 2 lbs - and cheap - like $500 (maybe a little more).

Just enough to do JavaRanch, email, and word processing...

I guess a little bigger than an iPaq - it seems like 10 years ago HP had a little thing called an Omnibook? Something like that...

Any ideas?

oh - and wireless one way or another...

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marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
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Well, Dell has an Inspiron B130 for $499 (after $100 mail-in rebate), which includes an internal wireless networking card. It's not that small (15.4" screen) and probably not that light either, but it's cheap.

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Jay Ashar
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You need a 100$ laptop

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paul wheaton

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Used thinkpads just like my primary laptop go for less than $500 on ebay.

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Jim Yingst

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Another possibility is a Fujitsu Lifebook. Never had one, so can't comment on their reliability etc. - but they're pretty light, and if you get one a few years old, cheap too. E.g. try this one at 2.5 pounds.

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Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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The idea of the used fujitsu is interesting - i might end up going that way, thanks Jim.

Has anyone used pocket PCs or iPaq type machines? Can you actually surf with them, maybe with one of those fold up palm keyboards? Can you download/use other windows software?

The main things are weight and cost - both are critical factors, the rest is relatively minor.
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