Netbook guide: We help you to find the best mini laptop for you at the best price

It's amazing that suddenly there are so many wonderful cheap mini laptops/netbooks available this year.
We have 23 years experience with computers and will help you to find the best netbook at a great price.
We recommend Windows netbooks as the Linux ones are very restricted, mostly for basic internet access.

Every week we compare for you the best models and best prices.

Conclusion follows below

Our Current Recommendations:

Conclusion follows below

Acer One D250

Main spec: 1.6 GHz Atom, 160GB hard disk, 1GB memory, 3xUSB, wireless, web-camera, memory card slot
Screen: 10.1"   Dimensions: 258 x 184 x 25.4 mm   Weight: 1.27kg   Colours: glossy blue, white, red, black
Max battery life: 6 hours   Warranty: 1 year   Windows XP Home
pros
  • Decent battery life
    min 3.5 to max 6 hours
  • Webcam & 3 USB & camera card reader
  • Slim design
  • Great value
cons
  • Smallish keyboard
  • Weak speakers
  • Colours other than navy blue are more expensive
Our verdict: Good all round netbook, beautiful in glossy dark blue, keyboard not as good as it could be, decent battery life in the 6 cell model, well made, good quality.
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Best place to buy: Amazon more info
Best price: £239 free delivery

Samsung N130

Main spec: 1.6 GHz Atom, 160GB hard disk, 1GB memory, 3xUSB, wireless, web-camera, memory card slot
Screen: 10.1"   Dimensions: 263.8 x 185.5 x 28.5 mm   Weight: 1.25kg   Colours: black, white, pink, sea blue
Max battery life: 6 hours   Warranty: 1 year   Windows XP Home
pros
  • Decent battery life
    min 3.5 to max 6 hours
  • Superb keyboard
  • Webcam & 3 USB & camera card reader
  • Matte screen
  • Great value
cons
  • Can get a bit hot
  • Stiff touchpad button
Our verdict: Good all round netbook, very good for the price, decent battery life, a bit heavier than others, well made, good quality.
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Best place to buy: Amazon more info
Best price: £219 free delivery

ASUS Eee 1005P

Main spec: 1.66 GHz Atom, 160GB hard disk, 1GB memory, 3xUSB, wireless, web-camera, memory card slot
Screen: 10.1"   Dimensions: 262 x 178 x 36.5 mm   Weight: 1.27kg   Colours: white, black
Max battery life: 11 hours!   Warranty: 1 year Windows 7 Starter
pros
  • Amazing battery life
    min 6 to max 11 hours!
  • Windows 7 starter
  • Webcam & 3 USB & camera card reader
  • Great value
cons
  • Keyboard has some odd keys
  • One of the thickest netbooks
Our verdict: Great netbook, amazing battery life, great for a whole day outdoors, Windows 7 makes it nicer, slighly than the other Atom netbooks, well made.
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Best place to buy: Amazon more info
Best price: £249 free delivery

Compaq Mini 311c

Main spec: 1.66 GHz Atom, 160GB hard disk, 1GB memory, 3xUSB, wireless, web-camera, memory card slot
Screen: great larger 11.6" high resolution HD screen with ION gaming graphics   Dimensions: 289 x 204 x 30.6 mm
Weight: 1.48kg   Colours: silver with black   Max battery life: 6 hours   Warranty: 1 year   Windows XP Home
pros
  • Very nice high resolution HD 11.6" screen (1366 x 768)
  • Nvidia ION fast graphic chip
  • Good Altec Lansing speakers
  • Webcam & 3 USB & bluetooth
  • HDMI connector for TV
cons
  • A bit larger and heavier due to the 11.6" screen & bigger keyboard
Our verdict: Much better than the 10" models (70% more pixels on the screen!), good as a big laptop's replacement, it can actually play HD video and some games, well made.
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Best place to buy: Amazon more info
Today's best price: £309 free delivery



Conclusion:

Best battery life: ASUS Eee 1005P.

Best for typing long documents/emails: Compaq mini 311c and Samsung N130.

Smallest netbook: Acer One D250.

Best full size laptop replacement: Compaq mini 311c due to the 70% larger screen and higher performance.


Recommended add-ons to netbooks:
  1. As all netbooks do not contain a CD/DVD drive, if you plan to install programs from CDs it's recommended to have this nice £29.49 external slim DVD drive.
  2. For the best antivirus that will not slow down your computer too much and can be downloaded (no CD needed) we recommend Kaspersky. We use it in ALL our computers.
  3. Mini mouse, very convenient can be used on the actual laptop wrist rest, like this nice £7.60 labtec mini glow mouse.
 






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