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So, my girlfriend got tired of her surprisingly awful laptop. It doesn't have a battery, it heats up like a griddle, it's got a crappy screen, and everything freezes all the time for no reason.
She's in the market for a new computer.
The thing is, she's also got no money. That's not that bad, though, because really she isn't asking for much out of a computer. Her basic needs are:
-Firefox not freezing every 10 seconds
-ability to play streaming/downloaded video
-ability to use standard suite of text/whatever editors
-reasonably high speed for these tasks, ability to run things at the same time
-ability to carry to and from class without it being a huge hassle
She'd also kind of like the option to attach a bigger screen/mouse/keyboard for home viewing. I wouldn't mind her having just barely enough power to try some of the indie game things I bug her about either, but it's not a priority.
So what's the deal? Is a Netbook a good idea? Is there any secret downside to them, or is it pretty much just a $300 laptop that does what she needs it to do?
If yes, what the hell determines which one to get? As far as I can gather there is literally no difference between any manufacturer on NewEgg. All 1.60 Ghz, all 1 GB ram, all $299.99...