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Old September 3, 2011, 10:53 PM
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Oh no, guys! When I was referring to video, I simply mean 360p/480p videos or YouTube videos. I don't at all expect a netbook/laptop that's priced around the $300s or $400s to be able to handle high-definition video or modern gaming (I have a great gaming computer for that! [which, not so coincidentally, I built thanks to the help of you Canuckers]).

The .pdf limitation that Frontier mentioned definitely concerns me. In the end, I value faster computing more than I value the ability to play video well. I anticipate using this computer to write essays, read fairly large .pdf files, and do some homework assignments on online websites (jeez! University textbooks border on scams! I really dislike the textbooks that force you to buy them because they have an access code to some online homework website...) while at the school library or at some other quiet, public location.

Anything else will be done at home on a fast desktop computer (which I love, but ironically very rarely use for gaming even though it was the reason I built it).
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Old September 5, 2011, 12:35 PM
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the oe of those e350's for 370 at futureshop, posted it in the under laptop 400$ thread
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Old September 5, 2011, 04:01 PM
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So it's pretty much the Pentium for faster work (I'll be possibly viewing very large .pdf files, but definitely doing those online homework assignments that are an annoying fad), and the e-350 for if I want smoother video-viewing?
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Old September 5, 2011, 07:49 PM
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im not sure how they stack up but if you go intel go for this laptop with the b940 which is 30% faster then the 6100 and also comes with better grapgic performance/res
Toshiba Satellite 17.3" Intel Pentium B940 Laptop (C670-00V) - Black : 17" Laptops - Future Shop
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Old September 5, 2011, 07:52 PM
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oh shit, its a labour day sale
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Old September 5, 2011, 10:48 PM
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Yikes! Thanks for the offer, but that laptop is too big, in my opinion, to be considered a portable work device. I was thinking of buying a laptop with an absolute upper screen limit of 14". Any higher -- even 15.6" -- does not feel right to me.
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Old September 14, 2011, 11:07 AM
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I'm a bit late but this is what I picked up 14" for $400 Staples sale just ended.

Bought it primarily to play avi shows (gets 2:48 full charge 4 42.xx min shows worth) / movies on trips, dump vid cam files onto while on trips and some web surfing ( 3 1/2hrs or a bit more for internet only).

2 slight problems so far are 1) verbatim would through errors while verifing recovery disks (sony worked), 2) battery looses 8-10% of charge over 12hrs while completly shut down.

Havent tried 1080 videos yet.
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