To make your netbook buying experience a little less stressful, we have compiled a list of the top netbooks to date. Of course, this is our own opinion, but hopefully we can at least narrow down your options. Also, the following list is not in order of performance, rather just alphabetical.
Acer Aspire One
The Aspire One is a sleek and compact notebook, coming in either an 8.9” or 10.1” configuration. Plus, one of the benefits is you can have either Windows XP or Linux OS installed, making it very versatile. Combine that with the several other configuration options of the laptop, and you can cater to virtually any need. Plus, it comes in 4 different colors, all of which with a polished finish, which is sure to draw attention to your new netbook. Check out our article on the Acer Aspire One for more details.
Asus EEE PC 1000H
This netbook is much more different than the rest of its class, bordering on actual notebook than netbook. But for all intents and purposes, it is a netbook. It boasts 10” screen, with an almost full-sized keyboard (for those of you who hate the smaller ones), plus has integrated Bluetooth and a variety of other notebook-worth options. If you’re not quite into the hardcore mini-netbooks, and are afraid to let go of the functionality of a classic notebook, this is definitely the way to go. Look for a future article on the Asus EEE PC 1000H.
Dell Inspiron Mini 9
If you love to choose, then this is the netbook for you. You can come up with a, virtually, endless amount of configurations for this netbook, so mix and match to your needs. You can choose whether to add-on a CD/DVD-RW, or even a larger hard drive, and various amounts of RAM, among other things. Careful: though the base price seems to be on the cheaper side, adding on these extra available options can skyrocket your price quickly. The one thing you don’t get to choose is the battery: its strictly 4-cell. Look for a future article on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.
HP 2133 Mini-Note
This netbook is another which doesn’t seem quite like a netbook. Here you have versions of Vista Business, larger hard drives, and a memory option of 2GB of RAM. HP didn’t leave anything out on this one, so if you’re looking for one of the most powerful netbooks, this is definitely one to consider. Ergonomically though, the netbook’s design may be a little disastrous, so be aware. Though it boasts an almost full-sized keyboard, there is a split in the middle, making it a little awkward. Look for a future article on the HP 2133 Mini-Note.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10
If a smaller size is what you’re looking for, then look no further. The S10 has one of the most compact designs of all netbooks, without skimping on the features, so you’ll get all of the netbook functionality. Downside is that it is definitely not one of the notebooks where you get to choose, plus it only comes with a 3 cell battery. Probably not the notebook of my choice, but if your biggest issue is size, maybe its right for you.
We’ve provided the basics of, what we consider to be, the top netbooks out there. We’ll try and provide articles reviewing the laptops more in depth eventually, which we hope to ease your buying experience. So, remember to check back soon.