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Windows 7: is 1 GB RAM good enough for decent speed for Windows 7 starter mini

24 Nov 2011   #1

is 1 GB RAM good enough for decent speed for Windows 7 starter mini

I want to buy a mini laptop to my kid ( age 9) for watching movies and browisng internet , netflix and some not so intensive games. I see a deal on ebay, but not sure of 1 GB Ram is sufficient for decent speed. Unfortunately, I can't increase the RAM either. Wants a expert opinion.
Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Starter

Processor: Intel Atom Processor N455

Processor Speed: 1.66GHz

Processor Cache: 512KB L2

BUS Speed: 667Mhz FSB

Memory: 1GB DDR3 System Memory (1 DIMM) MAX Supported = 1GB

Accessible Memory Slots: 1

Appreciate any alternatives.

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24 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

I'd say 1GB is okay for Windows 7 Starter, but for any other edition 2GB would be much preferred.

What I'm more worried about is whether the Atom CPU is powerful enough for movie playback, including Netflix. I would definitely expect problems with HD movies (720p or 1080p resolutions, files encoded with H.264 or VC1).

A "full-size" laptop might be a better option than a netbook. A low-to-mid range model should do just fine here.
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24 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic, 64 bit

You do realize that Starter Edition does not include DVD playback, and that netbooks don't come with a DVD drive.
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24 Nov 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

I agree 1GB RAM is fine for Starter Ed but it is a very limited version and may soon cause disappointment. Here is a list of choices, all are more than $229, but there are some with AMD dual-core CPUs and home Premium with 2GB Ram. - Netbooks
Some people have good luck with eBay and electronics, but I would recommend a purchase from a real electronics site or retailer.
EDIT: However, the below looks like a fine deal, large screen, Home Premium, 2.1GHz, DVD drive.
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24 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

1 GB is fine for ALL EDITIONS. As long as you do not expect high performance or run too much. I myself run Ultimate on a 1 GB netbook.
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24 Nov 2011   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

My netbook runs Home Premium with 1GB RAM, although to be fair it is a dual-core Atom. I also have a 4GB class 10 SDHC (less than $10) card in the slot for ReadyBoost, and it will play 720p videos just fine. Don't know about games though.
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24 Nov 2011   #7

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
You do realize that Starter Edition does not include DVD playback, and that netbooks don't come with a DVD drive.
Hi there
DVD playback is always possible via downloading VLC from videolan.

Netbooks can usually be upgraded to 4GB RAM quite cheaply -- Single 4 GB modules are cheaply available.

A netbook can be used with an external DVD drive but this probably isn't suitable for a 9 year old. It's an extra piece of equipment that needs to be handled etc.

Yo'd be better off with a smaller "proper" laptop -- at 9 years onld they become 10 and 11 years old very quickly and are quite capable of using laptops.

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24 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 - Vista

I have a 10 yr old that very quickly outgrew 1GB RAM once he and his friends got together with the online gaming. 2 GB RAM minimum (or at least a system that can be upgraded to 2 GB RAM).

Also, were you aware that system is refurbished?
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Bottom-left - HP Mini 210-2185DX Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz 10.1" Netbook | XY950UAR#ABA | eBay

I would not buy that system.
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24 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

Netbooks are good in idea but poor in performance. I talked my brother into getting one as his laptop was dying. Upon setting it up I instantly noticed its limitations and sluggish performance. Wasn't much faster than his 6 year old laptop lol

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24 Nov 2011   #10


thank u for the advice. will look for proper laptop than mini.
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