Laptops are very popular amongst business groups and individuals on the move and are still basking in the glory of being one of the most useful portable devices. However, the trend of carrying a laptop seems to be changing; at least for the ones who need a mobile device that satisfies their basic needs without the requirement of much fancied technology and luxury attached. Netbooks are the latest affordable and ultra-portable devices which, as the name suggests are Internet centric form of laptops.
Many brands are joining in the netbook bandwagon. Being determined to help you choose the efficient ones, we are here with a list of top 5 netbooks that not only are capable of handling your needs but also are worth the money paid for them. So if you want yourself blessed with a powerful subnetbook this Diwali/Dussehra, read on.
First up is the brand that set the netbook trend in India. One of the latest netbooks comes from ASUSTek which was launched in the month of July, and is currently ruling the roost.
ASUS Eee PC 1000H: The successful Eee PC line from Asus got a new addition in the form of the 1000H which is on top in our list. The netbook has gained immense popularity, thanks to ASUS’s very own Super Hybrid Engine that supports a longer battery life, a much needed feature for individuals always on the move. Good enough in looks, the netbook sports a 10 inch display and the size of the netbook offers typing with ease, which is yet another feature that makes it the best.
The 1000H is powered by Intel Atom N270 processor and has 80GB SATA disk, again one of the features to look out for. The netbook also offers a 1.3 megapixel webcam, 1GB DDR2 RAM and Dolby Sound Room for great audio experience. It provides LAN (10/100Mbps) and Wireless Internet (802.11b/g/n) connectivity. Also featuring is a Bluetooth. ASUS Eee PC 1000H runs Windows XP OS and comes with pre-loaded Microsoft Work software. The downside is the 1.4 kg weight. The MRP of the netbook is Rs. 29,990.
Running neck-to-neck in the netbook competition is the one from MSI (Micro-Star International).
MSI Wind: This subnotebook was launched in May 2008 and what makes it popular are its looks along with the features. MSI also launched the Love Edition of Wind which is a good looking gadget with a heart design. It sports a display screen of 8.9 inch, 80GB SATA HDD. It is also now available with 6 cell battery thereby providing approximately 5 hours of life.
The keyboard sports adequate space between the keys for comfortable typing on the little gadget. It also comes with a LED power saving backlight display. It runs on the Intel Atom N270 processor which is quite an energy saver. The processor speed is 1.6 GHz and Wind has 80GB of hard drive. It offers connectivity via Bluetooth, Wireless LAN (802.11/b/s) and 10/100 Ethernet connectivity. It also comes with the options of 0.3 MP and 1.3 MP webcam. The best part is the 4-in-card reader supporting SD/MMC/MS/MSpro. The 1.3 kg netbook has been priced at Rs. 26,500.
MSI Wind is followed by ASUSTek’s ASUS 904H
ASUS Eee PC 904H: It is much like the revived 701. The standard feature of ASUS products, Super Hybrid Engine is seen in this one as well. It has the 8.9 inch screen with 1024x 600 resolution. This one also weighs around 1.4 kg. The good part is the approximately 5 hours of battery life. The 80GB hard drive and 802.11 b/g of Wi-Fi connectivity are also one of the key points. At Rs.26, 990 (manufacturer’s suggested price), the Windows XP-based 904H is good enough for the money it costs.
Then we have the one you can aspire for, Acer Aspire One.
Acer Aspire One: The Aspire One can be considered as the rock star of the clan with respect to its looks. It scores on its design that makes it lighter; however it does have a HDD of 120 GB. The plus points include its lightness as mentioned before, a comfortable keyboard and a 9 inch display screen scores most of the points. The netbook does not consist of a Bluetooth and lags behind in sufficient battery life. The ups in this netbook are the 5 in one card reader which supports SD/SDHC/MMC, Memory Stick and xD-Picture Cards. It also has a 1.3 megapixel camera which supports video chat. The Aspire One Windows XP Home Edition is priced at Rs. 21,999 and the Linux version comes for Rs. 19,999.
And the final is a contender from Lenovo – the Lenovo IdeaPad S10.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10: Lenovo’s sub-notebook is pretty well designed as far as the keyboard size is concerned. Priced at Rs. 16,900, the netbook is just fine for tasks like internet surfing, e-mailing and very basic activities with its storage capacity of 80GB in hard drive and 512 MB RAM, Intel Atom Processor (1.6GHz).
You can even hear some good music on this one. So as it is a netbook, it serves the purpose of a typical netbook in a reasonable price which is a good thing and why one should go for it. Also it has an impressive 10.2 inch display screen, a feature too good for a sub-netbook. What it also offers is HD audio with stereo speakers, so it is pretty entertaining while you are on the move. Some other features to look out for are 2 USB ports, broadband/high speed mobile dial-up connectivity. It comes with the options of 3 cell battery and 6 cell battery out of which, obviously, the 6 cell battery providing approximately 5-6 hours of life is a better one.
Having enlisted the finest netbooks by far out of the ones available in India, we hope that you get the best and have a merry time with your gadgets. Wishing you a great fun, growth and prosperity and a great year following the festivities with the Lord of the Computers blessing you with smooth work.