I've been eager to get a netbook for some time now, but I wanted to wait until Windows 7 became available. Now that it is, I find myself uncertain what I'm getting or giving up with Windows 7 on a netbook. I'm hoping some of you have had some experience with Windows 7 on a netbook and can help.
Almost all the netbooks seem to come with Windows 7 Starter, including the Toshiba NB205, the one I'm most interested in. I'm most interested in using a netbook for the following, especially when I'm traveling:
1) reading and sending email (I use Mulberry as my main email client, and Gmail for some personal email)
2) going to web sites (like Donation Coder :-) )
3) playing large video files, some downloaded from the web and others converted from DVDs I own. I currently play most of these files with KMPlayer 126.96.36.1995. I'd definitely want to be able to continue to play these files--e.g., when I have a long plane ride. What I've read about Starter is very unclear concerning its capability to play video files. I don't care at all that it doesn't have Windows Media Center, but I do want to be sure that I can put a player such as KMPlayer on it and play the videos smoothly.
4) playing CDs and DVDs with an added piece of hardware such as Samsung Super-Writer Master. I don't plan to take this with me on trips, just use it for adding software or watching DVDs when I'm at home but not at my desktop.
I'm planning to increase the RAM from 1GB to 2GB. I don't care about Aero, nor even about not being able to change the wallpaper, etc., though I do want to be able to put shortcuts on the desktop and arrange them as I want them. Will Starter meet my needs, or will I find that I've bought an expensive paperweight? Also, I've heard conflicting things about whether the Intel 1.66GHz Atom Processor (N280) can support the more full-featured versions of Windows 7 such as Enterprise. I'm pretty sure it can't support XP compatibility mode, since that's very resource intensive, but can it run, say, Enterprise, on a netbook so that I have access to a few other features? (I can get Enterprise through my university at a reasonable price, but not other full versions such as Home Premium.)
So...should I go ahead and buy a netbook with Starter and see how it works out, or are there too many pitfalls? Thanks very much for your help.