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Can netbooks handle large pdf, doc and xls files?

Peter PrinciplePeter Principle Registered User regular
edited July 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Specifically wondering about this model:

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11630190&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|84|78454&N=4047244&Mo=2&pos=3&No=1&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=78454&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&ec=BC-EC5-Cat84&topnav=

But I'm also curious in general about the computing power of these types of computers. Can they open a 300+ page, 50-100 mb document in PDF format (in a reasonable time frame), and can they run MS Office?

"A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business." - Eric Hoffer, _The True Believer_
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    Spectral SwallowSpectral Swallow Registered User regular
    I use a 3 year old net book with similiar specs and have never had any problems opening huge PDFs (scanned in strategy guides, etc).
    I WOULD recommend switching from adobe pdf reader to foxit. I was blown away by how much quicker pdfs opened and displayed when changing pages.

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    DusT_HounDDusT_HounD Registered User regular
    Seconded- i'm an academic (postdoc), and for about three years, have used a netbook exclusively (Asus eee901) when not in my office, for work- related tasks- MS Office, Inkscape portable etc. without any problems. Also, i'm seconding Foxit- a brilliant PDF reader with much smaller footprint than adobe's bloatware.

    I've upgraded my RAM to 2GB, though, so that might also be providing something of a performance boost for handling larger files.

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    MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    if youre patient enough, you can even run Photoshop 7 on it!

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    The Crowing OneThe Crowing One Registered User regular
    If you're just worried about text and smaller files of the like, a netbook will handle them with ease. I've been using a netbook a bit here and there lately and my general observation has been that they're pretty compact and efficient, with the negative that they're just not very fast compared to today's CPUs. Going from a quad-core PCU to the tiny little processors in a netbook can be a bit of a shock ("it takes forever to load" is 10 seconds instead of 3).

    You won't be able to play games or such, but even the first gen DellMini I've used is able to handle 720 video files without too many glitches.

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    LaPuzzaLaPuzza Registered User regular
    I'm using an old EEEPC - 2+ years old, when a cheap ass netbook was still $300. Office is just fine, but it is hell to work with HQ PDF files in Adobe. Thanks to this thread I'm looking for foxit when I get home.

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    kuhlmeyekuhlmeye Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I've had my netbook (ASUS 1000) for about 3 years now. Its great. Handles pdfs fine (like the repair manual for my car) and I've done excel work with it before.

    My recommendation is get go ahead and upgrade to 2GB of RAM. Seriously, its like, 15 bucks and it makes a huge difference in performance.

    Looks like I will also be looking into foxit

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    Peter PrinciplePeter Principle Registered User regular
    Sweet, thanks for the info everyone. I think one of these is in my future.

    "A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business." - Eric Hoffer, _The True Believer_
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