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Netbook (Mini-laptop) Reviews

Updated: Oct 21, 2014 22:00
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HP Chromebook 11

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HP EliteBook 840 G1

Our only concern is the price. The Elitebook 840 G1 is expensive compared to consumer laptops...

11 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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HP ZBook 14

I admit to being a bit skeptical of the potential for the ZBook to function as a mobile...

13 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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HP EliteBook 850 G1

The HP EliteBook 850 G1 ($1,614, as tested) is a well-designed, future-proofed business ultrabook...

7 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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HP Chromebook 14

HP's second 14-inch notebook running Chrome OS, the Chromebook 14 is an attractive laptop with...

9 expert reviews | 268 user reviews

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Acer ICONIA W4-821-Z3742G03aii - 8" - Atom Z3740 - Windows 8.1 SST 32-bit - 2...

Join us for this LIVE event!Thursday, October 7, 201410 AM (PDT) / 1 PM (EDT)No doubt you’ve seen...

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Razer Blade Pro

liked its LCD trackpad, that is, once we got used to its unorthodox location.

6 expert reviews

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ASUS Eee PC 1015PN

Those seeking to play the game in high detail will require an upper-middle class GPU such as the...

131 expert reviews | 2809 user reviews

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Acer Aspire V5

Tip: Lenovo offers its old ThinkPad X121e with Intel Core i3-2367M starting from 390 Euros (~$501...

16 expert reviews | 658 user reviews

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Toshiba Satellite C50-A

This is a reasonable budget machine that will satisfy anyone looking for a mid-range laptop. It's...

10 expert reviews | 107 user reviews

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ASUS N56VM-RB71

Note: For tessellation to be activated correctly, the setting must be turned on manually

25 expert reviews | 442 user reviews

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Dell I14I32328E450WBC

Dell hides the interfaces on the left with flaps, but leaves the ones on the right side open.

65 expert reviews | 671 user reviews

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HP ProBook 650 G1

Newegg purchase and shipping was great.

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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HP 250 G2

Fast computer, liked how the keyboard felt, quiet, didn't get hot

3 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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HP ProBook 450-H0V92EA

The office laptop market is vast. However, models with an aluminum casing and low price are...

4 expert reviews

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The experience can be free or worth whatever amount of money you want to invest in it; just as...

67 expert reviews | 352 user reviews

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HP 255 G2

HP has clearly aimed low with the 255 G2, but in doing so, has hit the mark. Although its...

2 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Acer Aspire R7-571G-53338G75ass

The very useful and well-designed Ezel hinge.

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Toshiba NB550D

A wide range of netbooks with the Intel Atom N550 CPU, possibly in conjunction with Ion graphics...

39 expert reviews | 62 user reviews

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MSI Wind

Asus N71JV – same performance but with a better sound with a subwoofer. Sony Vaio VPC-F11Z1/E –...

238 expert reviews | 1499 user reviews

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Acer Aspire M5-481

The rival notebooks are the HP Envy 14 Spectre, the Samsung Series 7 700Z3A-S03DE and the Dell...

15 expert reviews | 117 user reviews

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Vizio CT15T-B1

The Vizio CT15T-B1 is a thin, nice-looking laptop with plenty of performance and battery life...

3 expert reviews

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Lenovo 59-016806

Excellent product, but I find it in another place 150 dls cheaper after buy it with you. This was...

2 expert reviews | 100 user reviews

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Dell BWET6T772

Mobile workstations with 15.6 inch displays. Among these are the Lenovo ThinkPad W530. Based on a...

3 expert reviews

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Acer Aspire One AO756

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Netbooks (Mini-laptops)

    In response to consumer demands for increased portability and specialization in the laptop sector, the market for Netbooks has emerged virtually overnight. In comparison to their larger cousins, Netbooks are lightweight and low cost, have increased battery endurance, and are designed for users who are primarily interested in a device that is optimized for Internet applications: emailing, web-surfing, and communicating while on the go. If the majority of your computer activity is confined to the Internet, a Netbook will provide you with all the functionality you will need at a fraction of the price of a laptop or desktop computer. Inexpensive and portable netbooks appeal to wide consumers, from businessman who travel often, to kids and home users looking for a small laptop to carry from room to room, to book-laden students who spend long hours on campus.



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    Netbook Advantages

    Compact & Lightweight: Netbook portability is the most important consideration in luring consumers away from larger computers. As laptops have trended toward bigger and heavier, Netbooks have become the model of choice for business people with heavy travel schedules, students who walk or bike between classes, and even children who cannot lug around a heavy laptop. The smallest Netbooks are the size of a textbook, and even the larger models are still only a fraction of the size and weight of a laptop.

    Affordable Price: Netbooks are a bargain compared to larger computers. By focusing on Internet applications, Netbooks eliminate the need for costly add-ons and support features, which brings their price down dramatically. Prices range from $200 to $800, but the majority of models retail for $300 to $450.

    Extended Battery Endurance: The reduced amount of hardware means Netbooks are much more energy efficient than laptops and their batteries last much longer, an important convenience for many consumers. Battery life in excess of eight hours is common, and Netbooks are quick to recharge as well.

    What to Look for in a Netbook

    Screen Display: The reduced screen size is the most immediately notable difference for users new to Netbooks. Screens may range from 8" to 12.1", but most are in the 10-11" range. A 10" netbook usually has resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels (some do 1366 x 768 pixels) and weighs less than 3 pounds whereas 11" and 12" netbooks usually have resolutions of 1280 x 800 and 1366 x 768 respectively and slightly heavier.

    CPU Speed: Netbook CPU speeds compare very favorably to laptops, although performance of 2.0GHz is rare. Bargain models typically operate at 1.33GHz, while pricier models offer greater speed, 1.66GHz and higher.

    Hard Drive: You'll find two types of hard drives: solid-state drives (SSDs) and spinning hard drives. While SSDs have faster transfer speeds, are more durable, and have longer life spans than their traditional counterparts, But you should pay a premium for these advantages and also SSDs always come with less capacity. Most netbooks are available with spinning hard drives. At the low end are models that feature 160GB hard drives; 250GB is much more common with a rotational speed of 5,400 rpm (and may in fact be considered standard), while more robust platforms offer 320GB and more.

    Expansion/Connectivity: Netbooks are increasingly expandable, to allow for more flexibility and adaptability in their uses. Additionally, netbooks usually come with Wi-Fi, card reader, built-in webcam, and USB ports. Some even have extra features such as Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, HDMI Port, etc.

    Battery Life: Though the Intel Atom CPU is low power consumption, netbooks aren't known for long battery life. That is partly because vendors typically try to keep costs and weight down by providing a modest 3-cell battery. You have option of 3-cell, 4-cell or 6-cell battery embedded types. The basic battery on most netbooks is a 3-cell battery, and will typically perform for about two and a half hours of standard use when away from a power source. 6-cell upgrades are available that can elevate this to six, eight or 10 hours + at the cost of an extra half pound of weight.

    Popular Netbook Brands

    Acer has become synonymous with the Netbook market, and their models often lead the class in being small and lightweight with no compromise in speed and memory. The first netbook to market, ASUS has continued to lead this developing category with the longest battery life, exclusive features, innovative technology and world-class design. Sony, with their Vaio brand, has cornered the market on higher-end, more expensive models, while Toshiba has focused on mid-market, 'jack-of-all-trades' platforms.

    As the market for Netbooks expands, and consumer demands evolve, newer models are breaking with tradition to offer increased flexibility with only a minor sacrifice in portability and battery life. Several medium-sized models that incorporate additional features (optical disk drive, larger screen, camera/microphone, robust sound & graphics cards, etc.) have recently been introduced. The selection of Netbooks to choose from will soon offer a model that appeals to everyone.

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