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Worst Buy Netbooks Comeuppance

Early this year I complained about the Netbooks at Best Buy -- they were all frozen or somehow inoperable. Around the same time I stopped at Staples to look at laptops and netbooks. It didn't have any -- none of its customers seemed to like them. And a friend of mine got all his employees netbooks for when they were on the road, but the performance was so lame they ended up in desk drawers.

After posting these findings a bunch of you wrote to set me straight. Being smart IT folks, you generally upgraded the RAM and opted for a higher-end version of Windows 7.

Reader Eric did the RAM upgrade, then got rid of the extraneous applications --  the "crapware," as he calls it. For Eric, an iPad is all well and good, but can't handle content creation like his netbook.

A handful of reader love their ASUS and Acer machines, so kudos to those companies for making Redmond Report readers rejoice.

Another reader, Dave from Philly, didn't feel true netbook love 'til he swapped Windows 7 Home for Ubuntu. Now he and his daughter both use Ubuntu on their respective netbooks.

And reader Ricky has eight netbooks in his shop and nine iPads. The netbooks work great. But he is constantly fielding calls about how to get iPads to work with corporate systems.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/24/2012 at 1:19 PM


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