I want a netbook. They are all the rage right now for students, professionals and anyone else who needs a very portable computer. Most of the major computer manufacturers are making a netbook model, and they are all similarly speced, priced and reviewed.
I'm all about mobile computing being "mobile." That is the whole point of having a portable computer after all. It should be useful, yet small enough to not be a hindrance. I do not understand why some people think they need to get a 17" behemoth laptop to lug around - except for bragging rights. But I digress.
I have a budget of $300 and my criteria is:
- 8.9-10" screen
- 160 HDD
- minimum 1 GB RAM
- Intel GMA 950 chipset
- Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz cpu
I don't care if it has Windows XP bundled as I won't be running a Microsoft operating system anyway.
I really like the Acer Aspire One AOA150 or the MSI Wind U100. I'm leaning toward the Wind as it has a 10" screen, but the Acer has a 6 cell battery, which will yield much longer uptime. Both should be ideal for installing operating systems not of the Microsoft variety. The Acer is also a steal at $229, although this is a refurbished model. The Wind is also priced nice at $309.
So, I'm still kicking the netbook's proverbial tires. Both of these models would do what I need and are well worth the money.
If any of you have bought a netbook, leave your comments below. I'd like to know what others think about the whole netbook phenomenon.
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