Saturday, December 19

Best Netbook Deals and Bargains

Best Netbook Computer Deals - Samsung N130-13B

Looking for a netbook for kids this Christmas or even for yourself but don't want to break the bank ? Then take a look at the Samsung N130-13B netbook computer deal which is being offered with a reduction of $70 - $80 by some online sites, including Amazon. This means you can get the netbook fcomputer or $279 which compares to $328 for the Dell Mini Nickelodeon and $345 for the Asus Disney Netpal.

The Samsung N130-13B is a reliable, ultra-mobile state-of-the-art netbook. It is powered by the Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor and is fitted with 1GB of DDR2 memory, which makes it an excellent netbook for light computing on the go, which is after all what netbooks were designed for. If you want something more powerful then you need to go for a proper laptop.

The N130-13B has a non-glossy 10.1" widescreen LCD display with 1024x600 resolution. In addition, the keyboard is almost full-size which is a plus.

It has integrated 802.11b/g/n wireless, 0.3 MP webcam, and media card reader and a 160GB hard drive. It runs under Windows XP SP3 Home Edition and weighs only 2.82 pounds. Other features are USB ports, VGA output etc.... Battery life is stated as up to 5.8 hours.

1.6GHz Intel N270 Atom Processor
160GB Hard Drive
1GB Memory
10.1" LED Widescreen Display, Intel GMA 950 Graphics
Microsoft XP Home (SP3), Up to 5.8 Hours of Battery Life

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If you are looking for netbooks for kids that are more colorful and with slightly more kids appeal then you could take a look at the Asus Disney Netpal or the Dell Mini Nickelodeon - if you like the idea of owning a Ferrari then check out the Acer Ferrari

Tuesday, December 15

Cherrypal's Cheap Netbook for 99USD

Cherrypal Africa Cheap Netbook

Best Netbooks - Cherrypal's Cheap Netbook for under $100

Cherrypal Inc. has just announced the launch of its netbook which it has named Africa. It may not be one of the best netbooks around but it certainly is good value for money and one of the cheapest netbooks currently available under $100. It is not, however, the absolute cheapest netbook available, that honor goes to the Menq EasyPC E790 at just S80 - for more information on the Menq see cheap netbook for under $100.

The Cherrypal Africa has a very small screen measuring just 7 inches (diagonally) a 400 MHz processor with 256 GB RAM, 2 GB flash memory and runs under Linux or Windows CE operating systems. It is also said to be environmentally-friendly, consuming the least amount of power possible and using fewer parts than netbooks from other manufacturers. The lithium battery (included) will give you four hours use.

According to Cherrypal the Africa is a mini netbook computer named after the company's initiative in Ghana aimed at building communities. "The company ... also relies on wind energy to power its Web site." So if saving the planet is an issue for you but you still want to access the Internet then the Cherrypal Africa could be what you are looking for.

The Menq EasyPC E790 also has a 7" screen but only half the memory, neither of these would claim to be one of the best netbooks money can buy but at under $100 they will certainly be attractive to a lot of people.

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Other netbooks - Netbooks for kids - Acer Ferrari Netbook

Friday, December 11

Best Netbooks Asus T91 Tablet

Best Netbooks - Asus EEE PC T91 Video Review

The Asus Eee PC T91 is one of the best netbooks available at the moment - according to Asus it will revolutionize netbooks. It is both a netbook and a tablet and the best way to see this is to watch the video below.

The key characteristics are :

•Panel rotates 180-degrees into tablet mode
•8.9-inch touchscreen-enhanced Eee PC
•Battery life - 5 hours
•Energy-efficient Intel Atom Z520 processor
•Exclusive touch-optimized software suite
•52GB Storage = 16GB SSD + 16GB SD Card + 20GB Eee online Storage
•Stylus for extra precision
•Wireless connectivity with Bluetooth v2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.1 b/g/n

Asus Eee PC T91 Video

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Further details of the Asus T91 - Asus T91 Netbook

Monday, December 7

Best Netbooks Samsung N310

In the market for a netbook? Then why not go for one of the best netbooks currently available - the Samsung N310 Not only is it powerful for a netbook they also went to the trouble of getting Japanese artists Naoto Fukasawa to design it - now that's got to be worth something ! In their words the Samsung N310Best NEtbooks Samsung N310 "features smoothly rounded edges that resemble a pebble that's been worn down by wind and waterfall" that sounds like sort of thing a Japanese designer would say. We say it's a computer in a clamshell that does what it says on the shell.

Best Netbooks - Samsung N310

It comes in sunset orange, midnight blue, mint blue. The keyboard and screen bezel are however jet black which creates a snazzy eye-popping color scheme.

The rocker-bar style mouse is not so hot for a netbook that would like to be one of the best netbooks on the market, but we would have preferred separate left and right buttons.

The keys on the flat-topped keyboard that are similar to a Sony Vaio. Typing is comfortable, and important keys are pretty large.

The screeen is 10.1" LED with a 1,024x600 resolution, which is pretty standard for netbooks, although some netbooks often have 1,366x768 screens, particularly the more expensive ones.

Audio Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks headphone/microphone jacks
Video VGA-out VGA Best Netbooks Samsung N310
Data 3 USB 2.0, SD card reader 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader
Networking Ethernet, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Optical drive DVD burner None

The Samsung N310 is fitted with the Intel Atom N270 processor and 1GB of RAM and both perform the same as on other similar netbooks.

Battery life is around 5 hours 30 minutes, with a 6-cell battery (included).

All in all a pretty good netbook as long as you remember that a net book is not a noteook and was never meant to be for the difference between netbooks and notebooks see - netbook or notebook. The Samsung N310 is however one of the best netbooks around but you might like to check out the Acer Ferrari Netbook if you like really bright colours !

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Friday, December 4

Best Netbooks for Christmas

Best Netbooks for Christmas

Looking for the best netbook as a Christmas present, or possibly the cheapest netbook or the best netvertible ? Then this video will give you a very good idea of what you should be Father Christmas Santa Claus Pere Noellooking for. It lists a number of netbooks, all of them very good, and shows what they look like and why they are good, and which are the best netbooks in specific categories. An easy enough concept but a very good video, very clear and easy to understand with a pretty girl from Netbooknews doing all the talking ! Excellent tips too.

If you are too impatient to check out the video then you can read the list of netbooks the video lady recommendsAsus 1008HA Netbook.

ASUS Eee PC 1008HA - excellent keyboard, really slim and lightweight - 6 hour battery life


Toshiba NB200 or 205 - excellent battery life of 8 hours - large trackpad great keyboard - amazing quality

Hannspree Hanns Note - high quality - ultra light - only $300 -

Samsung N130-13B - great quality - $300

HP mini 5101 - great keyboard - hd 7200 rpm great for business

HP mini 311 - great keyboard - excellent screen - nvidia ion graphics card $425

Samsung 510 great quality - more expensive


Lenovo S10-2 - nice colorful lids - very slim


Gigabyte t1028

She also pointed out that Windows 7 Starter is no good for netbooks and to be avoided at all costs - make sure you get Windows 7 Home Premium - we pointed this out in a previous post but it is worth repeating


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Thursday, December 3

Best Netbooks for Kids

Asus Disney Netpal Netbook for Kids

Best Netbooks for Kids - Disney or Nickelodeon?

Christmas is fast approaching again and you may be looking for a netbook for your significant small ones and wondering which are the best netbooks for kids. You will be pleased to learn that not all netbooks are black.

If you are looking for netbooks designed specifically for kids you basically have a choice of two. The Asus Disney Netpal and the Dell Nickelodeon .

These netbooks look good (from a kids' point of view) and are designed to be practical and robust - taking into consideration things such as :
  • Internet Security/parental controls, there are places after all that kids shouldn't be visiting;
  • durability, netbooks for kids need to be tough; size, netbooks vary in size from 8" screens up to 12";
  • price.
The Asus Disney Netpal has an 8.9" screen, Windows XP Home, a spill-proof keyboard and ShockShield data protection. It is available in either Magic Blue or Princess Pink
Dell Mini Inspiron Nickelodeon Netbook for Kids
- price around $345 at Amazon. For further details see - Asus Disney Netpal Netbook

The Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Edition is marketed with the slogan "have the slime of your life". It has a 10.1" screen - slightly larger than the Asus Netpal. Internal 802.11b/g WiFi, a 1.3MP webcam, 3 USB ports, plus optional external DVD drive and a 160GB hard drive. The keyboard is spill-resistant. Price around $328. For further details see - Dell Nickeloden Inspiron Netbook

For further details from Amazon click here - Asus Disney Netpal

There are other netbooks that kids can use but as far as netbooks for kids are concerned these two seem to have the market to themselves at the moment.
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Tuesday, December 1

Best Netbooks | Asus Eee PC T91MT

Looking for a netbook computer for Christmas ? ASUS has launched the Eee PC T91MT, the smallest convertible netbook with a multi-touch screen that supports Windows 7 Multi-Touch.

Best Netbooks - Asus Eee PC T91MT Multi-Touch

Asus Eee PC T91MT Netbook
It is aimed at students and professionals who have to take notes or make one-to-one presentations, the Eee PC T91MT is one of the slimmest and best netbooks available with Windows 7 Home Premium (do not get Windows 7 Starter Version by the way you will only regret it) - it is just 1" thick and weighs less than 1 kg -- it reproduces handwriting and lets you to perform tasks intuitively using just your fingers (as oppose dto some netbooks which require you to use your toes too?).

The multi-touch capabilities of the Asus Eee PC T91MT netbook are enhanced by a comprehensive suite of preinstalled software optimised for touch. The Eee PC T91MT is designed for people on the move and has a shockproof 32GB Solid State Drive and an additional 500GB of online WebStorage.

One more reason why it is one of the best netbooks around is that it is dual purpose, in tablet form it can be used as an e-reader, in netbook mode it is a great tool for discussions, as the screen swivels for use by more than one person, and it can also accept touch input from more than one person.

The Eee PC T91MT netbook supports Windows 7 Multi-Touch gestures, so that almost every task can be carried out just by tapping, dragging, pinching or flicking. Games become much more interactive and documents can be flipped through with fingers as if they were real books.

Users can also carry out a whole host of tasks with their fingertips, such as editing photos using FotoFun, taking notes and writing handwritten reminders with Memos.

The Eee PC T91MT has a 8.9" multi-touch screen that allows drawing on its 8.9-inch WSVGA LCD panel with 1024 X 600 resolutions. It features basic wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n for easy network connectivity, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR wireless technologies. It also has a 0.3 megapixel built-in camera module, USB 2.0 host and Ethernet ports, two USB ports, stereo speakers, built in Digital Array Mic Interface, a D-sub 15-pin connector for an external monitor and a VGA Connector.

One LAN RJ-45 port, two audio jacks and an MMC/SD (SDHC) card reader. Battery life is up to 5 hours on the power of the Li-polymer battery. For a video presentation of the Asus Tablet Netbook see Asus T91 Netbook

The retail price of the Eee PC T91MT netbook is currently $530, not cheap but it does have some exciting features and is preloaded with Windows 7 making it one of the best netbooks available, the only problem is it may prove hard to actually get hold of one. Alternative is the Acer Ferrari Laptop

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Monday, November 30

Best Netbooks Window 7 Home Premium

Best NetbooksAccording to Retrovo, 61% of netbook users do not like the new Windows 7 starter edition. So if you have gone out of your way to carefully choose one of the best netbooks around - don't put Windows 7 Starter Edition on it.

Best Netbooks - Windows 7 Any Good?

The reason being that there are limitations on Windows 7 starter edition that weren't there with Windows XP, which Microsoft has not tried to hide, but people don't seem to take any notice.

If you want Windows 7 on a netbook then you need to get the Windows 7 Home Premium version.

Windows makes its software to make money not to make people happy, but customers really should check things out before handing over their hard-earned cash. The message is clear, get Windows Home Premium for your netbook !

There are alternatives to Windows of course, one of which is Linux, and some reports are saying that Linux could get over 30% of the netbook market share this year alone. That's not good new for Microsoft of course, so if you don't like Microsoft, then check out Linux.

Microsoft say “For the most enhanced, full-functioning Windows experience on small notebook PCs, however, consumers will want to go with Windows 7 Home Premium, which lets you get the most out of your digital media and easily connect with other PCs.” You can't have it clearer than that. From what I can see from the forums netbook owners who are using Windows 7 Home Premium are quite happy with it.

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Saturday, November 21

Best Netbooks | Asus Eee PC 1201N

Best Netbooks - Asus Eee PC 1201N Ultraportable Netbook with Video Preview

Asus Eee PC 1201N Netbook

Looking for a powerful netbook ? Then take a look at the latest netbook offering from Asus the Eee PC 1201N, which features a twin-core Intel processor and dedicated Ion Nvidia graphics, making it one of the best netbooks on the market with regard to processing power. Scroll down for video preview by Laptop Magazine

This Asus netbook has an Intel Atom 330, with two cores running at 1.6GHz, which is the same chip as that used in the Eee Box 1501 mini PC.
(Asus Eee PC 1201N Netbook - priced around $550 it has now been reduced to around $488)

The Nvidia Ion graphics are designed to allow streaming 1080p videos to be viewed from YouTube just as effectively as a high-end desktop PC. You will also be able to run video games such as Call of Duty 4, although at reduced resolutions and low detail settings on the 1201N's 12.1", LED-backlit 1,366x768-pixel display.

The 1210N also comes with 750GB of "hybrid storage" which means a 250GB internal hard drive and an extra 500GB of online storage with Asus, if you don't mind storing stuff with someone else. Note the Good News that it is also fitted with Windows 7 Home Premium ! The WIndows 7 Started Edition is really not recommended.

Other specifications include 802.11n Wi-Fi, 0.3-megapixel webcam, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HDMI video out, and a 5- hour 6-cell, 63Wh battery.

According to ElectricPig the 1201N ultraportable netbook will be availablefor around $560 which seems a lot to us, as you can get a decent notebook for that price. (Update : You can now get the 1201N from Amazon fo around $488)

Asus EeePC 1201N Netbook Video Preview

If you think $500 is a lot of money for a netbook even one of the best netbooks, then you may wish to check out the cheapest netbook available the Menq E790 which costs just $80 !

If you are looking for Netbooks for the kids for Christmas then check out the Asus Disney Netpal Netbook that comes in either pink or blue or if your kids like Nickelodeon check out the Dell Mini Nickeloden Netbook

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Wednesday, November 18

Best Notebooks Acer Ferrari One

Best Netbooks More Popular than Ever - Acer not Asus Leads the Pack

Acer Ferrari One 200 Netbook
If you are looking for one of the best netbooks on the market then take a look at the stunning Acer Ferrari One below ! Cnet UK says the Acer Ferrari One uses AMD's new netbook processor, the Athlon X2 L310 in preference to Intel's offering, as a result, this along with its impressive graphics, makes the Acer Ferrari One the "fastest and best netbook we've ever tested".  [NB : The Ferrari Netbook is made by Acer not Asus]
But first some netbook facts and figures
  • 13.5 million netbooks were sold globally in the first six months of 2009
  • over 50 telcos have started selling subsidized netbooks
  • established PC makers like Sony, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Lenovo are late to the party and are playing catch up
  • the rise of netbooks is forcing down the price of notebooks and laptops
  • Netbooks are used more often than notebooks in public places
  • $100-$200 is the preferred price range for subsidized netbooks
  • there is Netbook available for $80 with no subsidy from a telco - click here for the cheapest netbook ever
(................. Acer Ferrari One Netbook)
In Europe the most popular netbooks by far are made by Acer, not by Asus who actually invented them

Analysts from Canalys Mobility Forum said Acer had 32.4% of the netbook market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in the third quarter of 2009.

Asus has 19.6% of the market. Samsung, has 12% of the market in, Toshiba has 4.2% and Dell has 3.5%.

Shipments of netbooks are at 3.7 million into EMEA for the third quarter, which is almost 70% more than last year.

Netbooks now account for 14% of all PCs shipped during the quarter, up from 8%.

Acer Ferrari One Netbook

According to some the Acer Ferrari One is one of the best netbooks ever made - it certainly looks the part !

If you want a Ferrari and you like red, then the Acer Ferrari is the netbook for you.
Acer Ferrari One 200 Netbook
According to CNET it is not just a pretty Ferrari case it is also a fabulous netbook with a huge keyboard for easy typing.

The Acer Ferrari One uses the much faster AMD 2nd Generation Ultra-thin Platform (Congo) and AMD Athlon X2 L310 dual core processor, plus ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics which gives a lot more graphics power than ordinary netbooks. It also has a 11.6” 16:9 Hi-definition display with Acer CrystalEye™ video camera, Dolby®Home Theater®v3 and 5-hour battery life.

It also has 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, plus a unique feature an ATI XGP graphics port, that lets you connect more powerful external graphics cards.

Cnet were so impressed they said the Acer Ferrari One is “arguably the best netbook we have ever tested”

Acer Ferrari One Netbook Specifications

Processor and chipset AMD Athlon™ X2 dual-core processor L310, supporting AMD HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology
AMD M780G Chipset
Memory Up to 4GB of DDR2 667/800 MHZ memory
HDD 160 GB or larger
Display 11.6” HD 1366 x 768 (WXGA) pixel resolution
Graphics ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics up to 2GB of HyperMemory™
Audio Optimized 3rd Generation Dolby Home Theater® audio enhancement
2 Built-in stereo speakers,
Acer Crystal Eye webcam,
WPAN1: Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR
56 W 5600 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack (5-hour battery life)
Dimensions 11.22 x 8.03 x 0.9/1.2 inches,
Weight 1.5 kg (3.31 lbs.) with 6-cell battery
Options Acer DynaVivid Graphics Dock, 1 GB / 2 GB DDR2 667/800 MHz soDIMM module, 6-cell Li-ion battery pack, 3-pin 65 W AC adapter, External USB HDD

Video of the Acer Ferrari One 200 - in German for some reason ! But you get a free German lesson thrown in for nothing.

If you would rather have a Lamborghini than a Ferrari then check out the Asus Lamborghini VX6 netbook

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For the latest fast netbook offering from Acer - the Acer Aspire One AO721 see - Acer Netbooks
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Friday, November 13

Cheapest Netbook Menq E790 $80

Cheap Netbooks for under $100- Menq EasyPC E790

Menq EasyPC E790 Cheapest NetbookIt may not be one of the best netbooks you can buy but the new Menq netbook the EasyPC E790 is certainly the cheapest. It will set you back the princely sum of $80 once it becomes available. The EasyPC E790 is an Android-based netbook that has a 7-inch 800 x 480 display and a Samsung ARM926EJ-S3C2450 processor. At the moment it runs under Windows CE, but Menq will release an Android firmware update soon. You can use Skype with it and Charbax explains all the weird and wonderful details (possibly) in his nutty 18 minute video below - well worth the watch! He keeps calling it a laptop, but I would rather call it a netbook but it does seem to have some sort of word processor.

The EasyPC E790 has an ARM9 processor so it's not the fastest in the world in fact, it’s pretty slow, but that might change once Android has been installed.

They aren't available yet but if you are looking for cheap netbooks or even the cheapest netbook available then keep checking in a large supermarket chain near you, the Menq E790 should be with you soon!

Menq EasyPC E790 Netbook Specifications

Processor -- Samsung 400MHz to 533MHz S3C2450 processor
Memory -- 128MB
Flash -- 2GB
Flash expansion -- SD card slot for up to 32GB
WiFi -- 802.11b/g
Networking -- 10/100 Ethernet (RJ45)
Display -- 7-inch 800 x 480 TFT, 65,536 colors
USB -- 3 x USB ports
Audio -- Speaker; 3.5mm stereo headphone jack

Other features:
Power and reset buttons
LEDs for power, battery status
Skype, YouTube support
Battery -- 4,000mAh battery
Dimensions -- 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches (213.5 x 145 x 32mm)
Weight -- 1.8 lbs (0.8 k)
Operating system -- Microsoft Windows CE 5.0; appears to support Android

Video of Menq EasyPC E790 Netbook by Charbax

If you are looking for Christmas presents for the kids then a nice colorful kids netbook could be just the thing - check out the Asus Disney Netpal Netbook (pink or blue available) and Dell's Nickelodeon based netbook Dell Mini Nickeloden Netbook

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Wednesday, November 11

Best Netbooks | Samsung NC20

Best Netbooks - Samsung NC20 12" Netbook

Is the Samsung NC20 12" Netbook a Good Buy?Samsung NC20 12

Netbooks used to have small screens - up to 10" - but there is now a move towards larger 12" screens. This is of course an improvement but it does cause problems as 12" netbooks are heavier, the battery life is shorter and they are also more expensive.

Samsung has earned itself a reputation for making some of the best netbooks on the market, although at times they are more expensive than the competition, The NC20 has a great keyboard and nice screen but the trackpad could be better.

The processor used in the NC20 is a VIA not an Atom but the performance is nearly identical. The 1280x800 screen resolution is OK as is the 5 hour battery life.

The NC20 does however have an excellent keyboard and screen. The price of less than $500 bucks is also good for a Samsung

The main selling point of the Samsung NC20 is the 1.3GHz Via Nano CPU it can run the same software as chips from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

The NC20 is the first netbook with a Via CPU but previous models form manufactuerrs such as HP have been disappointing. This new Nano is a great improvement, being designed specifically for small, low-power laptops.


Samsung NC20-21GBK Netbook
1.3GHz VIA Nano U2250, 1GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, Windows XP, 12.1" LCD - MPN: NPNC20KA02US

The Samsung NC20 is larger than the Dell Inspiron Mini 12—and the Lenovo ThinkPad X200. Its dimensions are 11.5 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches, the NC20 is also heavier than most netbooks at 3.4 pounds. It's too big for a purse but fits into a shoulder bag.

It has been given an Editor's Choice award at laptopmag who point out the slightly better performance than the current Intel Atom based netbooks. In the US the NC20 will cost about $100 more than the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE ($399), which is smaller but with a longer battery life. The NC20 is however easier to read due to its 12-inch screen, so if this is important to you, it is a good choice.
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Friday, October 16

Netbooks Acer Aspire One D250

Best Netbooks - Acer Aspire One D250 with Android

Taiwanese giant Acer - the second largest computer manufacturer after HP and bigger than Dell has just launched the first Netbook in the world to use Android 1.6, the Acer Aspire One D250. Apart from its simplicity, Android is a winner according to Acer because it only takes 18 seconds to boot up and 3 seconds to switch off.

The Aspire One D250 netbook, will be launched in Japan with Windows 7 Starter. But in the rest of the world Acer will install Android, using a dual-boot system (Windows XP today then Windows 7).

The D250 has a 10.1" WSVGA screen, an Atom N280 (1.66 GHz), a classic Intel GMA 950, 1 GB RAM DDR2 (2 GB max), 160 GB 5400 rpm hard disk, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, multicard reader, three USB 2 ports, an Ethernet port, a headphone port, microphone, webcam, VGA output and 84 key keyboard.

It will feature a 6 cell 5800 mAh battery, with a 9 hour supply between charges and will weigh 1.27 kg.

It can be pre-ordered from Amazon for 349.99 $ (€235).

The guys at have had a look at it - it's all in French but you get the idea ! Android is quicker than Windows but you can do less with it.

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Monday, October 5

Best Netbooks Dell Mini Nickelodeon

Best Netbooks for Kids for Christmas - Dell Mini Nickelodeon

Dell and Asus have both recently released netbooks aimed at kids, with no doubt one eye on Christmas sales. It is probable that they will both be awarded prizes for being the best netbooks for kids.Dell Mini Mickelodeon Netbook
Dell have taken a leaf out of Asus' netbook and have come up with a new Inspiron Nickelodeon Netbook which they are marketing to kids with the catch phrase "have the slime of your life". Whereas Asus have gone with the Disney Netpal and the Disney brand image of good wholesome family fun, Dell are appealing to that side of kids that likes all things disgusting and have made their netbook to look like it has slime on it ! Much to the amusement of many kids no doubt. A neat marketing ploy.

Dell and Nickelodeon have continued the slime theme inside the netbook as well. It's great fun for the kids as they get to make a mess but there is nothing to clean up afterwards.

The features of this Dell netbook include Nick media where kids can stream MP3 songs and see early screenings of Nick shows on the broadband media player. It can be also customized with iCarly and Spongebob Squarepants characters, and allows customization of games and the TV programs that can be watched from The netbook also features parental controls.

Whyville - where they delve into a virtual world where they can learn and play with other kids around the globe, via a customized avatar that takes them through a variety of educational and kid-friendly activities. Whyville has been approved by both parents and teachers.

The screen is 10.1" - slightly larger than the 8.9" of the Asus Netpal. The Mini Mickeloden has an internal 802.11b/g WiFi to keep your kids connected to their blog, instant messenger, video chat, and e-mail, it also has a 1.3MP webcam, 3 USB ports to connect to an external hard drive, digital cameras etc...

There is also the option of an external DVD drive to watch or burn CDs and DVDs, plus a a 160GB hard drive.

The keyboard is 92% the size of that of a standard laptop keyboard and has a multi-touch track pad. It is also is spDell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Netbookill-resistant.

Dell Inspiron Mini Mickelodeon Specifications

Intel® AtomTM N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K L2Cache)
Intel® AtomTM N280 (1.66GHz/667Mhz FSB/512K L2Cache)
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition SP3
Integrated Intel® 945GSE UMA Graphics Media Accelerator
Integrated Intel® 945GSE UMA Graphics Media Accelerator
Glossy 10.1 inch display (1024x600) WSVGA
Main Speakers (quantity) : 2 x 1.0W
Microphone – Integrated single analog
160GB SATA HDD 2.5 inch 5400RPM
External only
3-cell 24WHr Li-Ion Battery
1.3MP webcam
Dell 1397 WLAN 802.11g - Half mini-card
Dell 1510 WLAN 802.11g /n Mini Card
Bluetooth® Internal (2.1+EDR) mini-card
Externally Accessible
Kensington lock
AC Power-in
3-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS)
Integrated network connector 10/100 LAN (RJ45),
VGA connector
(2) USB and (1) Power USB
Audio jacks (1 line-out, 1 Mic-in)
26.8 – 28.3 mm (front – back)
1.06 – 1.11 inches (front – back)
Width: 261mm, 10.26 inches
Depth: 182mm, 7.19 inches
2.5 lbs with 3 Cell battery

To buy the Dell Nickeloden netbook for kids from Amazon click here - Dell Nickelodeon Netbook

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Best Netbooks Asus Disney Netpal

Best Netbooks for Kids - Asus Disney Netpal Netbook

Asus Disney Netpal Netbook for Kids
Is the Asus Disney Netpal one of the best netbooks ever ? Well beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course but we have no doubt that for some 6 - 12 year olds this Netbook for kids will look very beautiful ! Don't forget Christmas is fast approaching and netbooks make excellent gifts - we all know that kids don't like tablets.

With the Disney Netpal, Asus claim to have made computing fun, safe and easy. Asus Disney Netpal Netbook BlueCertainly it looks like more fun than a plain black box and may encourage your kids to experiment more with a computer. It comes with safety features of course to prevent them accessing stuff they shouldn't be seeing. So for the target audience we would argue this is certainly one of the best netbooks available. If you are wondering what is the difference between a netbook and a notebook see - the difference between Netbooks and Notebooks

Asus states that thanks to the magical world of Disney the Netpal is fun to use. It is packed with applications and games just for kids. The interface and setup are easy. The browser and email are already set up with the necessary parental controls to make surfing the web a safe experience.

The Disney Netpal features Disney-inspired graphics and a webcam lens shaped like Mickey mouse, capturing the essence of "Disney magic". It comes in two colors - Princess Pink and Magic Blue.

The Disney Desktop lets kids brighten up their desktops with Disney themes Disney·Pixar’s cast of animated characters.

Disney Applications and Games
The Disney Netpal features a range of applications made just for kids — Disney Mix, Disney Pix for editing/creating photos and Radio Disney with live streaming. There is also a driving game, a memory game and a photo scrapbook.

Radio Disney gives live access to Radio Disney and lets kids request songs and send a “shout out” that could be broadcast on air.

The design of the Disney Netpal is durable and child-friendly with a reinforced design and a spill-proof keyboard, plus ShockShield Data Protection that prevents data loss in the event of impacts. The battery is a "stable embedded polymer battery" which prevents kids from removing the battery and any electrical danger.

The batteries in the Netpal stay charged for up to 5 hours.

It is now in stock in a number of places including Amazon at a price of $350. For kids the Asus Disney Netpal certainly is one of the best netbooks for kids around.

Specifications :

Dimensions 248mm x 173mm x 24~28.7mm (8.9 inches)
Weight 1.1kg with battery
Display 1024x600 Display
Atom N270 processor
1GB RAM (they say it's upgradeable to 2GB but they refuse to do it and so does anyone else - so it's 1GB - forget about the upgrade!)
Windows XP Home
5-hour battery.
Camera 0.3 M Pixels
Audio Hi-definition audio CODEC
Built-in stereo speakers
Analog Mic
Input / Output 1 x VGA port (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor)
3 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x LAN RJ-45
2 x audio jacks: Headphone / Mic-in
To compare the Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon netbook for kids click here Dell Mini Nickelodeon
For other contenders for best notebooks see Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook

Wednesday, September 16

Best Netbooks Asus 1005HA Netbook

Best Netbooks - Asus Netbook 1005HA PU1X

The Asus 1005HA netbook is one of the best netbooks on Amazon - it costs around $275 for the 6 cell and $330 for the 3 cell. It features the Intel Atom N280 1.66 GHz processor, i.e. the faster one.

The speakers are located closer to the front on the bottom so the quality is better than with previous Asus netbooks and other manufactures. It has 1 GB of pre-installed RAM like most other netbooks, this can be upgraded to 2 GB RAM but it is hardly worth the effort as the part that is more likely to cause a problem is the processor and graphics chipset (Intel GMA 950), although 2 GB RAM will make multitasking a bit easier. The Asus 1005HA is sold with an integrated 1.3 megapixel camera.

All in all if you are looking for a netbook that won't break the bank then the 1005HA does the job. If you what you need is something you can travel with then the 1005HA is ideal given its excellent battery life, they say ten hours but with everything on and working you will get around 8 hours. Re-charging will take between 2 and 3 hours. Asus continues to dominate the sales charts for a good reason !
Check out this excellent video review of the Asus 1005HA Netbook

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Wednesday, September 9

Asus 1101HA New Netbook Computer

Best Netbooks - the Asus EEE PC 1101HA Netbook plus Video Review

The Asus 1101HA could be described as a top of the range netbook which features a bigger 11.6" high-resolution screen, an overclockable CPU and excellent battery life plus integrated webcam. If you want to see the video by the nice guy from juAsus Eee PC 1101HA Netbook Computerst scroll down to the video !

It is however slightly slower and a bit more expensive than other netbook computers.

The Asus Eee PC 1101HA's design and battery life is impressive, but a faster Intel Atom CPU would be an improvement.

Asus 1101HA Specs
Processor: Intel Atom
Hard drive 160 GB
Chipset Intel US15W chipset
Operating System Windows XP
Weight 3.0 lbs
Dimensions (WD) 11.3 x 7.7 inches
Price $429 in the USA (which in the UK is around £260 - which means that they may finally have stopped their old trick of just replacing the $ by a £)

Asus is the company that inadvertently created the marketing phenomenon that is the Netbook - for a brief history of how and why netbook computers were invented and wy they are not notebooks - see What are Netbook Computers

Now of course it has to improve the netbooks it has created, which are not cut-down notebooks even though it may seem that they are.

The latest idea is to increase the display size to 11.6" (although Microsoft says it is limiting Windows 7 to a screen size of 10.2" for netbooks).

This larger screen size is bringing netbooks back up to the bottom-end notebook experience minus the drives.

The 1101HA has the same slimline styling as the 10" 1005HA, although the resolution has been upgraded to 1,366x768. It uses the Z520 version of the Atom processor, instead of the faster and more widely used N270 and N280 CPUs.

This means that the 1101HA is slower but Asus lets you overclock it via the BIOS to get a 30% improvement.

The slim design and excellent use of space means it is very similar to 19" netbooks in size whist at the same time having a larger keyboard, with flat-topped keys.

The touch pad is good and has tiny bumps for gooàd feedback to your fingers. It only has one rocker bar however and would be better off with two.

The 1,366x768 resolution means the screen is less cluttered and better for larger Web pages or long office documents.

Asus batteries have always been good and the 1101HA will operate for 8 hours 50 minutes (very good) in video battery drain tests, which is excellent news if you want to watch videos or carry out other tasks that require a lot of power.

You get a standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with all Asus laptops.

Asus Eee PC 1101HA Video Review

Wednesday, August 5

Asus Eee PC 1101HA Netbook

Netbooks - Asus Eee PC 1101HA Netbook in US Stores

asus eee pc 11-1HA netbook The Asus Eee PC 1101HA is finally available in US stores. The 11.6 inch netbook features a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 1366 x 768 pixel glossy display, a 160GB hard drive, and operates via Windows XP. It also has a 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and a 6 cell, 62Whr battery.

The Eee PC 1101HA is a larger version of the Eee PC 1008HA,with the same “seashell” case, a textured touchpad and similar coloring. The Atom Z520 processor and Intel GMA 500 graphics are a bit disappointing. The Eee PC T91, with its 1024 x600 pixel display is a bit slow with these specifications. They won't be any better on a higher resolution display.

The Eee PC 1101HA can however be overclocked to run at 32% higher than its normal clock speed.

The Eee PC 1101HA costs $429.99 at Newegg and $429 from BuyDig.

See also How to choose a Netbook - Best Netbooks

Sunday, June 21

Why God Invented Netbooks

Netbooks - The First Netbooks

Who invented the netbook?
Mary Lou Jepsen. The first netbook was launched in 2007 by Asustek , they named it the Eee PC and 350,000 units were made. To everyone's surprise they sold out in a few months. The first netbooks were designed as a result of the "One laptop per child" initiative, largely based on the ideas of Mary Lou Jepsen, but the Eee Pcs were not bought by the people in poor countries for whom they were originally intended but by middle-class buyers in the West, who were looking for a second laptop computer they could carry with them and use for checking their email, YouTube or Facebook while they were on the move. The success of the Eee PC fnetbook orced major manufacturers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo to take note. By autumn 2008, nearly every US notebook manufacturer had launched their $400 netbook.

The design of the netbook revealed that PC users didn't want laptops that did more and more, they wanted computers that did less and were cheaper.
(Asus Eee PC 1000HA Netbook)
Asus Eee PC 1000HA NetbookBy the time 2008 was over, Asustek, which now makes some of the best netbooks under the name Asus, had sold over 5 million netbooks, and sales by other brands amounted to 10 million. One strange phenomenon is that Europe appears to have fallen in love with netbooks - sales are 8 times those in the US. In just one year, netbooks had rocketed to become 7% of the global notebook market. In 2009 it is expected to be 12%.

Netbooks are the answer to what we actually do with our computers. People often buy the fastest most powerful computer available just in case, but in reality most people do very simple tasks on their computers, such as checking their email and surfing the net. Netbooks turned out to be the perfect solution.

Strangely enough netbooks have actually turned back the clock, whilst at the same time convincing people that they are the latest trendy thing. Netbooks perform like notebooks did 5 years ago, but it turns out that that is good enough.

Asustek realized that most people do a small range of things online over and over again and they could therefore produce a machine that would do those things for less than $300, but their netbooks are more or less useless when you are not online. They more or less force you to buy into the vaporous dream of cloud computing, because there's no storage space on your netbook.

When Asustek released their Eee netbook, the major companies like DellDell Inspiron Netbook, HP, and Apple didn't react Lillian Lin of Asustek said "All the other brands were thinking, 'Oh, this is crap,'"

Why would Dell and HP want to sell a netbook for $400 when they were doing very well selling notebooks for $1,000? For Asustek and MSI things were different, they had no established PC business so they had nothing to lose.
(Dell Inspiron Netbook)
Netbooks are the classic example of an upstart upsetting the apple cart.

To get around the problem of not being able to use Photoshop on a netbook there are things like Fotoflexer online, a web-based editing application that is a good enough replacement for Photoshop.

Netbooks are now so cheap that companies like Vodafone and RadioShack are giving them away to people who sign up for their services.

Another strange netbook phenomenon is that they are so cheap that the makers barely make a profit on them. Paul Goldenberg, MD of Digital Gadgets says "The profit margins on these things are nonexistent. Everyone is saying 'We're losing money now, but we'll make it up on volume, right?'"

Netbooks have set the cat amongst the pigeons in more than one way. Microsoft had planned to stop selling Windows XP so that customers would have to buy the more lucrative Vista OS, but when Linux started to be installed in netbooks, Microsoft had to quickly change tack and extend the life of XP for another 2 years.

Microsof t say is making "good money" on netbooks but they charge only $15 for XP on netbooks, but plans to ensure that Windows 7 will run on netbooks — Vista is not good on netbooks. If you get Windows 7 make sure you choose Windows 7 Home Premium, the 'starter' version is not much good.

Intel is selling millions of Atom chips to netbook makers and says "We see this as our next billion-dollar market," even though they make only a fraction of what they make on a Celeron or Pentium in a laptop.

The great fear is that cheap netbooks are so good, people will not want to spend $1,000 for a laptop.

Times they are a changing however in laptop world and netbooks are set to take off in the USA like they have in Europe. But the next major market will be the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, China dn India) where there are billions of people who don't have any sort of computer yet amd for whom price is a major consideration.

Netbooks could in fact lead to even cheaper computers, that don't even need a motherboard. Mary Lou Jepsen says "if you want the batteries to last why not just make a screen and a really cheap $2 to $5 radio chip?" This seems to be the way things are going, everything, including games will be done online and people will look for the smallest computer they can get.
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Choosing a Netbook or Notebook

Netbooks or Notebooks ?

Should I buy a netbook or a notebook /Netbook Notebook Difference laptop?

Want to buy a netbook or a notebook? It is important to understand that a netbook is not a small notebook and far less a small desktop computer. Netbooks and notebooks are totally different animals, so which one you should buy depends on what you want to do.

What are the differences between a netbook and a notebook ?

First - netbooks are a lot smaller. A netbook screen goes from 7 to 10 inches - a notebook screen starts at 12.1 inches and can go as high as 21 inches.

Second - netbooks have less storage space, generally 4GB or up to 64GB - notebooks go from 80GB to 320 GB

Third - netbooks are not portable computers you can use for watching movies or videos or for playing games or using photoshop, Word or Excel - netbooks are designed for netcentric computing - i.e. stuff you do on the net that doesn't require much power, surfing, reading and checking your email

Fourth - the processor in a netbook is generally an Intel Atom that runs at 1.6 GHz, it is not fast but it does the basics

Fifth - netbooks do not have DVD drives or CD drives, notebooks do.

Sixth - price, netbooks cost around $300 - $500, laptops start at around $600

Seventh - batteries, netbook batteries last longer i.e. 6 - 10 hours on 1 charge due to their ultralow voltage processors and everything being efficient, a netbook runs cool so it doesn't need large fans. Batteries on notebooks only last on average between 2 and 4 hours

So there you have it, if you want a proper computer go for a notebook, but if you want something small, light and highly portable to let you check your email, twitter and chat while you are on the move, without the need for a recharger in your pocket, then go for a netbook !

Check out my new best mate Albert for a good descriptive video of the differences

Click here to see which is the best netbook

Thursday, June 18

Asus and Toshiba New Netbooks

Best Netbooks - Asus EeePC 1101HA and Toshiba NB205 New Netbooks

Asus announces new netbook / notebook - the Eee PC 1101HA netbook

Netbook Asus Eeepc 1001HAThe 1101HA netbook from Asus sports an 11-inch screen. which some think makes it a notebook. Asus is apparently to start shipping the 1101HA later this month (June). It will have a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor, 1GB memory, a 160GB hard-drive, Bluetooth, WiFi, 1.3MP camera and an untrimmed keyboard.

(Asus EeePC 1101HA - Netbook Computer)

The price will be between $550 and $750 - so a hefty price tag for what is suposed to be a netbook.

For info. on the Asus 1000HE see Asus netbooks

Toshiba NB205 Netbook for the USA

At the same time Toshiba will be shipping a netbook next week the NB205 using Intel's 1.66 GHz Atom N280 processor. It will have nearly 9 hours of battery life. The NB205 comes in a choice five colors, a "chiclet" keyboard, a 10.1-inch screen, and a 160GB hard drive.

The NB205 will be sold in two different models. The NB205-N310 is offered in "sable brown," "posh pink, "royal blue," or "frost white," and has an imitation carbon-fiber effect. It also has a shiny chiclet design keyboard, a hommage to Apple's MacBooks no doubt.

The NB205-N210, has a sober black case and a traditional keyboard, but will cost $50 less.

Toshiba says the keyboard has a 19mm pitch, which reduces typing errors. The NB205's LED-backlit screen is 10.1-inch.
Netbook Toshiba NB205 310
(Toshiba NB205 310 Netbook)

The netbook has a 160GB hard disk drive and runs under Windows XP Home, and weighs 2.9 pounds with the extended battery. It also has 3 USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output, a webcam, a 10/100 Ethernet port and a mic input and headphone output. One of the USB ports can power external devices even with the netbook turned off.

1.66GHz Atom N280
1GB of DDR2 memory, expandable to 2GB
10.1-inch LED-backlit display with 1024 x 600 resolution
1.3 megapixel camera

WLAN -- 802.11b/g wireless
LAN -- 10/100 Ethernet port
PAN -- Bluetooth (only on NB205-N310)

Other I/O:
3 x USB 2.0
1 x VGA
Headphone output
Microphone input
SD slot
5800mAh battery - 9 hours of operation
41 to 95 deg. F (5 to 35 deg. C)
10.35 x 7.57 x 1.3 inches
2.9 pounds (1.33kg)

Toshiba say both these netbooks - the NB205-310 and NB205-210 - will be available next week. Price will be $400 and $350, respectively. Quite a bit cheaper than the Asus netbook methinks.

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Monday, June 15

Which is Best Netbook Computer?

Netbooks - Which is the Best Netbook?

Asus has the best netbooks

Netbook Asus EeePC 1000HE

Are you looking for the best Netbook? Then good luck ! There are dozens, if not hundreds to choose from. At the Asus site alone they have around 30 netbooks to choose from. So I will make your life easier. According to PC Mag and PC World the best netbook is the Asus EeePC 1000HE.

Why is it the best? Because it features the first Intel Atom N280 processor a six-cell battery, and a new keyboard, but above all because it is not expensive !

The Asus EeePC 1000HE looks like most other glossy netbooks. It comes in blue or black, like the MSI Wind, Acer Aspire One (10-inch), and Samsung NC10-14GB.

It is heavier than the Aspire One, the MSI Wind, and the NC10-14GB by about 5 ounces.

It also has extended battery life - a vast improvement on the EeePC 1000H.

The mouse buttons have been placed below the touchpad instead of either side of it unlike the HP Mini 2140 and are a lot larger than those of the MSI WInd and the Aspire One.

Netbook Asus EeePC 1000HEThe "gesture-based touchpad" is a first for a netbook. You can scroll up and down using two fingers and right-click with 3 fingers.

The screen is a a 10-inch LED with a resolution of 1,024 x 600. The keyboard has completely redesigned from the 1000H's, it is around 92% of full size, the same as those on the HP2140 and the NC10-14GB.

It has 3 USB ports, VGA-0ut, a webcam, an Ethernet port, a 4-in-1 card reader, and 802.11n Wi-Fi—standard netbook features. The only real advance compared to other netbooks is built-in Bluetooth.

It is the first netbook with the 1.66-GHz Intel Atom N280 processor.

ASUS has included an overclocking feature, the same as the EeePC 1002HA you can choose between Super Performance, Auto, High Performance, and Power Saving mode via an application key above the keyboard.

The real advantage of the N280 processor is it takes up less space on the motherboard and thus allows the netbook to be slimmer. The 63-Wh battery rating of the 1000HE is higher than the 58-Wh of the Samsung NC10-14GB and the 48-Wh rating of the Dell Mini 12.

Along with all this the Asus EeePC 1000 HE netbook is sold at a reasonable price - around $389.

Thursday, May 21

Netbooks Information and Tips

Netbooks - What is a Netbook?

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook
The word 'netbook' is a word created from 'Internet' and 'Notebook' and refers to a type of portable computer that is smaller than an ordinary notebook and is designed for wireless access to the Internet.

(Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook)

Netbooks are mainly used browsing the web and e-mailing and they rely to a large extent on the Internet to provide remote access to web-based applications. They are designed more and more for so-called 'cloud computing' i.e. computing which requires less powerful computers.

At this moment in time netbooks generally run under either Windows XP or Linux and are not suited to bloatware such as Windows Vista (but then, what is?)

Netbooks currently range in size from under 5 inches to over 13 inches, although it is not clear is size matters here either. They usually weigh between 2 and 3 pounds (around 1 to 1.5 kg) and are generally a lot cheaper than normal laptops and notebooks. Although, as with everything in computing, prices are constantly changing.

In early 2009, the definition of a netbook was a "notebook computer with a low-powered x86-compatible processor", a small screen (under 10 inches), a small keyboard, wireless connectivity, and weighing less than 3 pounds 1.3 kg). Netbooks also have no optical disk drive.

Samsung NC20 Netbook

(Samsung NC20 Netbook)

Netbooks make use of online applications and services, thus obviating the requirement for powerful hardware on the netbook itself. Hardisks and optical disc drives are often the first devices to be dumped in order to make the netbook smaller. Netbooks therefore rely on solid-state storage devices with no moving parts, which use less power and are lighter whilst at the same time being more robust and hard-wearing. Application software is usually downloaded from the Internet or uploaed for USB drive. You can also add an external IDE drive with a USB-to-IDE converter if you so desire.

All netbooks support Wi-Fi wireless networking and many of them can be used on cellphone networks with data capability.