Which netbook to keep

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I have two netbooks at the moment and only really want to keep one, both have positive and negative points and I am struggling with which one to keep. Here are my thoughts on each of them which I am hoping will allow some members to help me decide which one to keep.

Sony VAIO VGN-P23G/R
Specs:
Processor: Intel Atom Z530 / 1.60GHz
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500
Display: 8” / 1600x768
Memory (RAM): 1GB
Hard drive: 80GB
OS: Windows XP Home

Positives:
- Small and light
- Runs Windows XP
- Large hard drive
- Can run all my programs
- I can use my 3G internet stick on it.

Negatives:
- Windows issues (viruses, spy ware. etc)
- Can't use an external screen (no VGA output and USB -> VGA adaptor didn't work well)
- Screen is very wide and not easy to use for long periods of time.
- Keyboard not the best for typing on.
- Nibble hard to use, I prefer a touch pad.
- No audio input.

ASUS EEE 701
Specs:
CPU type Celeron-M
CPU speed 900 Mhz
Graphics Intel GMA 900
OS Linux
Display Size 7" 800 X 480
RAM 512 MB
Flash 3.9 GB
Battery Life (tested) 3.4 - 4.1 hours
Weight 920gm
Size (w/h/d mm) 225/165/35 mm

Positives:
- Small and light
- Runs Linux with a fast boot time and easy restore.
- Has a VGA output
- Has Open office and runs my database software well.
- Music player works very well.

Negatives:
- Can't use the internet (does not support my 3G internet stick)
- Linux OS so I can't run some programs I want to.
- Limited storage space (which I get around by using a large SD card)


As you can see both have positive and negative points, I have used both for period of time and each has some benefits but not enough to easily tip it one way or the other.

Paul
 

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What are you looking to do with the computer? What will it's main purpose be?

Is mobile internet connectivity a part of the computer's purpose?
Is audio connectivity (in/out) crucial to it's purpose?
 

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What are you looking to do with the computer? What will it's main purpose be?

Is mobile internet connectivity a part of the computer's purpose?
Is audio connectivity (in/out) crucial to it's purpose?
My main use is word and excel file access and updating my portabase database many times a day. I have a full size laptop from work which I take home most nights so worse comes to worse I can use that for internet access but prefer to not carry it around which is why I got these.

Audio input would be nice but as I don't have any Linux based audio recording software it is not a huge issue.
 
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