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Netbook (Mini-laptop) Reviews

Updated: May 27, 2015 23:52
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HP EliteBook 840 G1

Summary: HP's slimmed-down enterprise Ultrabook has plenty to recommend it, but it's definitely...

17 expert reviews | 17 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...

19 expert reviews | 357 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...

9 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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HP Chromebook 11

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alaScore 97

HP ZBook 14

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

16 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Tesco Hudl

Tesco's Hudl tablet can't compete on specs with Amazon's Kindle Fire line, but for customers able...

23 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Acer Aspire V3-111P

Quiet with stamina. The 11.6-inch Aspire V3-111P notebook delivers a quad-core processor, a very...

10 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

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alaScore 96

ASUS Eee PC 1015PN

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

159 expert reviews | 2410 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Razer Blade Pro

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

9 expert reviews

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Acer Aspire E3-111

A cheap but cheerful 11.6in netbook, the Acer Aspire E3-111 can handle the basics without a fuss

10 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 95

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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

68 expert reviews | 350 user reviews

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alaScore 95

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 | 145 user reviews

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Acer Aspire P3-171

The plastic casing that holds the tablet and the keyboard are of the same grey colour as the...

17 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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alaScore 94

ASUS N56VM-RB71

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

33 expert reviews | 457 user reviews

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alaScore 94

MSI Wind

Quadrophony. The new all-rounder series is technologically on the cutting edge with an i5 CPU and...

272 expert reviews | 1507 user reviews

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alaScore 94

HP ProBook 650 G1

For the (small) business. HP's ProBook 650 is a new mainstream business notebook. It is well...

9 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Samsung NC10

Numerous netbooks with 10.1-inch screens. These include, for example, the Asus Eee PC R101 with...

105 expert reviews | 4063 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Toshiba NB550D

Goodbye to Atom? The NB550D is Toshiba's latest flagship netbook, featuring the new AMD C-50 APU...

49 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

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alaScore 93

HP ProBook 450 G1

After careful inspection of the screen and my computer, I noticed that the replacement screen was...

4 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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alaScore 93

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 | 79 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Acer Aspire One AO725

Despite a very economical APU, battery life is not much better than that of the competition.

18 expert reviews | 239 user reviews

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alaScore 92

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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alaScore 92

Acer Aspire One AO756

That Acer is still making netbooks, when many competitors have already turned away.

18 expert reviews | 533 user reviews

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alaScore 92

HP Slatebook10-h080sq E2V26EASet2

Great value for Tegra 4 and a keyboard dock, but screen quality is mediocre

2 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 92

HP 210 Mini 10Hour Netbook - Charcoal

The inside is well hidden under an easily removable base.

85 expert reviews | 1247 user reviews

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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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