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Heliotrope Heliotrope is offline
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Talking Movie watching on a 10v - 10-22-2009, 07:06 PM

my husband and I just ordered Inspiron 10v and are excited! I just want to make sure that we're going to be able to use them for what we want -- they were a great deal!

I just want to use it for web surfing, chatting online to friends, checking email and watching a movie derived from a USB key or whatever.

I'm not looking for perfection but if I can do those things and sometimes, all at the same time, I will be thrilled. This is my play computer and I don't need big apps doing huge spread sheets or notes or design work.

Your input would be appreciated.
PS... let's just assume too that it's 1gb and not upgraded and running Windows Xp... .
Thanks guys...
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Default 10-22-2009, 07:46 PM

Hello.

I have a Mini 9, and it's hardware is mostly identical to the 10v's.

Web browsing works well, but the screen is small, so you might want to browse in fullscreen mode. Ad/Flash/script blockers also useful, since they let the limited CPU and RAM be spent on useful content instead of dazzle.

The performance of Flash videos is a common netbook complaint (like YouTube). You can get around this by using Firefox addons to download Flash videos, or using a service like pwnyoutube.com. Once you have the video file, you can play it in a regular, high-performance video player.

And regular video files (DVD resolution) play well in normal player software. HD (720p) playback is marginal.

I hope that answers some of your questions.


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Default 10-22-2009, 08:06 PM

I have the 10, and it's great for webchat, vidchat, email, etc etc. I browse in full screen mode, which is one thing I'm liking about IE, it remembers and opens in full screen view vs Firefox having to FN + F11 when I open it.
The 10 and 10v do have different graphics chipsets, so my input probably isn't helpful for you, but I watch Netflix quite a bit on it, and it's decent. The video is a little sluggish sometimes, especially in full screen mode.
I have a program on my desktop PC that rips DVDs to MP4 and cuts the size down considerably for PSP, iPods etc. I forget the name off the top of my head, but this may work better since it's much less data to process.
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Default 10-22-2009, 08:32 PM

Yep you should be good to go! - does get hot if used for long periods of time though other than that I think you/husband have made a good purchase


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Default 10-23-2009, 03:03 PM

Thanks guys...
I realize and know that this is not an uber machine, but i just want to be able to hang out on the couch or in bed and noodle around.
Thanks so much for your input... greatly appreciated!
Helio...

---------- Post added at 03:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:01 PM ----------

Yeah... this is exactly what I was planning on doing, actually -- glad you mentioned it! I have Videora and it compresses my ripped movies into MP4 format for my ipod touch so, I was planning on using this format or something similar to make movie files smaller and such.

If anyone has any input, that'd be great. Like what you rip your movies to -- I think the Ipod format will be a TOUCH too small but I still want to keep these movies small enough that playback is smooth and seamless.



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I have the 10, and it's great for webchat, vidchat, email, etc etc. I browse in full screen mode, which is one thing I'm liking about IE, it remembers and opens in full screen view vs Firefox having to FN + F11 when I open it.
The 10 and 10v do have different graphics chipsets, so my input probably isn't helpful for you, but I watch Netflix quite a bit on it, and it's decent. The video is a little sluggish sometimes, especially in full screen mode.
I have a program on my desktop PC that rips DVDs to MP4 and cuts the size down considerably for PSP, iPods etc. I forget the name off the top of my head, but this may work better since it's much less data to process.
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not sure where you live, but if there's a bestbuy around they sell a netbook chillpad which is basically a plastic thing that the netbook sits on top of and it has two built in fans which cool the unit pretty good and it really doesnt effect the battery either...but I do have the 6 cell which probably makes a difference..just my 0.02...

Targus - Chill Mat for Select Netbooks - Gray - AWE39US

I have one and it works great..better than burning your legs and if you want to leave the netbook on the bed while you watch it it wont overheat


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