Tuesday, August 3

Three Cheap Netbooks

Cheap Netbooks - Three of the Cheapest Netbooks

If you are looking for a cheap netbook then you may want to consider these three - one made by Acer and two by Asus - who between them account for around 60% of the netbook market. They are all in the $280 - $300 range. If on the other hand you are looking for cheapt netbooks for under $100 then check out the Menq - cheap netbooks under $100

Asus Eee PC900 Cheap Netbook
The smallest of the three is the ASUS EEEPC900-BK090X with an 8.9-Inch screen (not particularly big but there are smaller screens around)

Technical Details

8.9" Notebook Computer with WSVGA, TFT LCD Display and 1024x600 Pixel Resolution
900 MHz Intel Celeron 353, Intel Mobile Processor
Windows XP Home, 16GB Solid State Disk and 1GB DDR2 Memory
Memory Card Slot, USB 2.0, Audio Jack, VGA Port, 3 USB Ports
Built-In 20GB Eee Online Storage
802.11b/g Wireless Connectivity
Built-In Camera
Operating Instructions, Battery, Power Adapter
MMC/SD/SDHC Memory Card Reader, Lightweight Design, Built-In 1.3MP Digital Camera, Built-In Speakers
Built-In Microphone
8.9x6.7x.8 "; 2.18 Lb.
1-yr. Limited Warranty

The ASUS EEEPC900-BK090X has a shockproof design and weighs less than 1kg, this makes it very easy to carry around with you but don't expect blistering performance. Current cost around $295

Next on the list is the Acer Aspire One AOD250-1165 10.1-Inch Blue Netbook
Faster than the EeePC900 but slightly more expensive at around $330 - it is also a bit heavier, but not excessively so. A better netbook and although one of the cheapest netbooks on the market I don't think $330 is particuularly cheap.

An improvement on the previous Acer AOD150, the chassis of the Acer Aspire One AOD250-1165
has been scaled down to be sleeker and lighter than the previous model whilst retaining a near full-size keyboard and the glossy 10.1-inch screen

Acer Aspire One AOD205 Cheap Netbook
•10.1-inch LED-backlit CrystalBrite screen (1024 x 600 resolution)
•1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor combines performance and efficiency
•160 GB hard drive 5400 RPM
•1 GB DDR2 RAM (533 MHz; maximum capacity)
•Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 video processor
•Crystal Eye webcam - and built-in digital microphone to keep background noise levels low and minimize echoes.
•54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
•84-key keyboard, 89 percent of standard-size with 12 function keys, WLAN switch
•VGA video output
•Fast Ethernet (10/100)
•Microsoft Window XP Home operating system
•Stereo speakers and optimized Dolby Headphone technology for 5.1-channel audio
•Up to 3 hours of battery life with included 3-cell battery
•Weight: 2.4 pounds
•Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 1 inches (WxDxH)
•Warranty: One-year parts and labor limited warranty

Reviews tend to be positive

Uninstall the Google Toolbar and McAfee and other useless software, once you have done that it is pretty fast.
Thinner than D150, very light
Keyboard small but still usable

Touchpad not so good, gesture for scroll doesn't always work .
Screen glossy, but usable. Some people don't like glossy screens - but manufacturers love them ! We can only assume they are cheaper to make.

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU1X-BK 10.1-Inch
According to Asus, at less than 2.5lbs, the 1005HA-E is the perfect travel companion. But if you can then get the version with the longer battery life - 4 hours is not long enough. Also the 0.3 webcam is not really good enough if the cam is important to you best go for something with a better cam. Price is around $270.
Asus Eee PC 1005HA Cheap Netbook


- Windows XP Home
- Intel Atom N270 - 1.60GHz - 533MHz FSB - 512KB L2 Cache
Memory - 1GB DDR2
Chipset - Intel 945GSE
Display - 10.1" - Display Type: WSVGA - Max Resolution: 1024 x 600
Webcam - 0.3 Megapixel built-in
Graphics - Intel Integrated Graphics (Intel GMA950)
Hard Drive - 160GB
Onboard LAN - 10/100Mbps
WLAN - 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
USB - 3 x USB 2.0
External Ports:
- 1 x Db-15(VGA)
- Audio Jack - Out (3.5mm)
- Audio Jack - In (3.5mm)
Card Reader - MMC/SD(SDHC)
Power - AC Adapter : 19V, 40W. Input: 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz universal
- Lithium ion
-Built-in stereo speakers
- 4.8 hour battery life

Full details here - ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU1X-BK

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