Gateway LT 1004U

I’m not yet sure if I’m spending more money than I’m making but I figure that will all clear up when I get hungry, reach for the wallet and can’t find any pesos. Yesterday I unloaded at Fry’s Electronics and purchased one of the new midget laptops, also known as a Netbook.

When it came to the price, it was a toss-up between this one and the Acer Aspire. The two netbooks are virtually identical and the chief The LT 1004Udistinction is cosmetic; the Gateway ran about $30 more. I opted for the Gateway because it has a solid bar across the frame so the LCD attachment is a bit more solid than the Acer. The only negative to these models is the 3-cell battery that, according to my test results, can only take a 2-3 hour pounding; I can live with that.

All in all, it was a worthy purchase. It is extremely lightweight, the wireless reception is good and I’ve had no performance problems loading all of my required travel software. Granted, it did take about 4 hours to load all of the obligatory Windows XP updates but that was to be expected. I will probably dual boot the unit and load Ubuntu linux as well.

If you’re looking for a cheap travel computer and you don’t mind the smaller than average screen and keyboard, go for one of the Netbooks. It is truly a backpacker’s companion.

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