Two and half years ago, when Microsoft launched what they called as Origami or now people say it as Ultra mobile PC (UMPC), They expected the demand will compete the Notebook and laptop domination. But most of the critics are about their very high price (mostly USD500 and above) and also what actually they can do that normal notebook can`t?
The debut is still going on until The Notebook team push very hard and come with a very small version Notebook, similar to UMPC capacity but still remain the Notebook architecture, Netbook. Netbook stands for Sub-Notebook or small-sized notebook, which carried out with low cost production. Others might said that Netbook is kind of small wireless communication and internet access device.
Dell Inspiron Mini 9
Dell enters the mini-notebook market with its long-anticipated Inspiron Mini 9. Dell took its time releasing its own netbook, and it is clear they spent the extra days and hours getting (nearly) everything just right. With a small footprint, sleek industrial design, 1.6-GHz Intel Atom processor, and a tailored version of Ubuntu (it’s also available with Windows XP) the Inspiron Mini 9, starting at $349, has all the specs to make it one of our favorite netbooks. Even better is the ability to configure the system, from the size of the solid state drive and RAM to the webcam resolution. However, we wish Dell had spent a bit more time on the keyboard.
Asus Eee PC S101
Asus has now officially announced the Eee PC S101, its latest Netbook to keep going with its rivals. “High-end netbook” might sound like an oxymoron, not least because the whole point of these little mobile internet devices is ‘low-cost, low-power’. The thinking at Asus, however, is that the S101 will appeal to people who have so far been put off buying an Eee PC because of its ‘built to a budget’ appearance, and in that respect, the S101 is a big success – it’s gorgeous.
The S101 is about the same size as the Eee PC 1000, but a little shorter and a lot slimmer – just 23mm at the front (not including the feet) and 26mm at the back, compared to 29mm/38mm on the 1000 (though the S101’s tapered front edge fools you into thinking it’s slimmer still – just like with the Apple MacBook Air). At just under 1.1kg, it’s lighter than both the Eee PC 1000 and even the Eee PC 901, which weigh in at 1.44kg and 1.3kg, respectively.
The size, weight and specification of the Eee PC S101 make it by far the best interpretation of the netbook concept so far, but that price poses a bit of a problem. USD 900 (RM 3000) could hardly be described as ‘cheap’, but that’s exactly what a netbook should be and so we’re a little unsure of what to make of this little stunner.
MSI Wind U90X
MSI has come out with its latest Wind U90X after a top scored design of Wind U100 ( don`t know why the series move backward). The great about this Netbook is that the U90X is housed in the same chassis as the 10-inch Wind, the system maintains its stellar, almost-full-size keyboard. The matter keys were springy and offered a good amount of feedback when typing. However The release has still not up to the Wind U100 throne level. Its SUSE Linux operating system is sometimes downright frustrating, and the sub–2-hour battery life is poor. The poor design also on its touchpad. It requires more finger movement than we would like. The mouse button, a single bar that serves as a left- and right-click control, is also less than ideal. It lacks a divot to separate the buttons, feels mushy, and requires a firm press. Users would prefer two dedicated buttons with more tactile response like that on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.
Asus Aspire One
Acer is the latest entrant to the ultraportable ‘Netbook’ segment dominated by heavy weights like Asus, HP and MSI currently. Feedback is good on this device. The keyboard, at nearly 80% of full size, is better than the Eee 7xx and 9xx options. Trackpad button layout isn`t standard but allows keyboard to be deeper. SSD speed is low-class. XP/HDD version recommended. For those looking for an even lower cost budget netbook, the Acer Aspire One is a worthy candidate to think about. This computer has solid build quality to handle being tossed around in a backpack or purse, and modest performance to handle common software applications with ease. Battery life isn’t the best with the 3-cell model, so if you spot the 6-cell/160GB version in stock, it is highly recommended that you pick that. While it is not the easiest netbook to upgrade, it does offer a large storage drive to start with and an SDHC expansion slot.
Others like HP 2133, Fujitsu 2010, One A110, and LG X110 are also the best Netbook you can buy. But just be careful with the processor they run. Whether it is on Intel Atom, Celeron or VIA.
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