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Worst Buy Netbooks


I skipped Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but curious about the deals, swung by Best Buy for some holiday shopping. First I toyed with an iPad 2. I had never used one and it was pretty dang easy. I had Safari up, the digital keyboard invoked and MSNBC.com loaded about 30 seconds after first touching the thing.

I've also wanted a Netbook for a while, reckoning it could do all the stuff my laptop does (in a more portable form).

Best Buy had three units on display. The first one was a Gateway. I ran my finger around the mouse pad, which unintentionally brought up the screen. Oops. The cursor was totally frozen. I did the same to the next one and was greeted with a box explaining there was a network diagnostics error. The third wasn't even turned on -- and I didn't want to try.

My desire for a netbook faded faster than Demi's love for Ashton. If brand new netbooks don't work, how are they going to run after a year or two of use? Can you say total Windows reload?

Have you had better luck with netbooks? Tell me they're not so bad at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/09/2012 at 1:19 PM


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