Laptop buying advice forum: Are these inexpensive Windows CE Netbooks on eBay even worth looking into?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) March 11, 2011 1:46 PM PST

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Are these inexpensive Windows CE Netbooks on eBay even worth looking into?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 3/11/11 1:46 PM

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Are these inexpensive Windows CE Netbooks on eBay even worth looking into?


My name is Kim and my question may be stupid but here goes
anyway. (Lee's note: No question is stupid.) While on eBay
looking for a used or refurbished laptop/Netbook for my
friend, I kept coming across these Netbooks advertised as
non-branded Netbooks
(http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=+netbook+windows+ce).
Really cheap. What are they? The description is as follows:
128RAM, 2GB hard drive? Running Windows CE 6.0. What is Win
CE? Is the hard drive a 2.5 laptop model or something
different? Can the hard drive be upgraded? My friend wants
one but I don't think it is what I term as a "normal"
computer. I asked her to wait and that I would ask the CNET
community about the Netbook first. I'm hoping that someone
can explain what they are, and how they work. I don't want my
friend to be disappointed and waste her money. But I'm really
curious about them myself. I've never seen them advertised
anywhere else either. A 2GB hard drive seems excessively
small as well. All answers will be greatly appreciated. Thank
you CNET community.

-- Submitted by: Kim B.

Here are some member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

Stay away!!!! --Submitted by: High Desert Charlie
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-19680_102-5097801.html

I wouldn't go anywhere near them --Submitted by: darrenforster99
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-19680_102-5097907.html

Not all Netbooks are created Equal --Submitted by: waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-19680_102-5098565.html

It all depends --Submitted by: Graupner
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-19680_102-5097852.html

Thank you to all who contributed!

If you have any additional advice, opinions, or recommendations to offer or have had any experience with these types of Netbooks, click the reply link below and submit away. Thanks!

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