Monday, December 13

What is Google Chrome Netbook?

Cheap Netbooks - What is a Google Chrome Netbook?

Google Chrome netbooks - what are they and why all the fuss? First things first, you won't be able to buy one for this Christmas as they are still in beta and Chrome netbooks for the public are not expected until early 2011, so if you are looking for a netbook for Christmas then check out here netbook for Christmas or you can directly check out one of the top selling netbooks on Amazon.

So what is Google Chrome ? Chrome is an operating system that is based on Linux, but it does not operate like Windows - as it is in fact a Web browser that boots your PC. So instead of botting up your PC then clicking on a browser to get on the Internet, a Chrome netbok will boot up directly with an Internet browser and get you straight onto the Internet.

You can't install software on a Chrome netbook, but like a machine with an iPhone / iPad app functionality, Chrome netbooks will extend the functionality via Chrome apps. The result should be a faster experience, optimized for people who use their netbooks on the go and get their programs from the 'cloud' i.e. the Internet.

The Chrome netbook appears to be somewhere between a Windows or Linux-based device, and tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab or Apple iPad. It should look like a traditional netbook, with the instant-on, browser-centric apps environment of a tablet.

What most people are interested in of course is how much a Chrome netbook will cost and whether there will be a monthly fee associated with the use of a specific wireless carrier to provide mobile Web access. At the moment you can get the cheaper netbooks for less than $200 and browse the web for free. Google will need to make the price attractive if it is to entice customers into their web.

If you have come here by chance and were in fact looking for a netbook for the kids this Christmas then check out these two from Dell and Disney - netbooks for kids or get more info. from Amazon on the Disney Netpal by ASUS

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Friday, November 26

Online Laptop Deals

Netbook and Laptop Deals for Christmas Gifts

Scouring the Internet for netbook deals as Christmas gifts ? Well so was I and so far haven't found any - but I have found a couple of Dell Laptop deals that will save you $150 or $130 !

I was looking for laptop and netbook deals online that can also be used for Christmas presents, so that I don't have to stand in line in the cold and found two decent deals on Amazon  for laptops reduced by $150 and $130 - both of the laptops are made by Dell.

The first is the Dell Inspiron i17R-2248MRB 17.3-Inch Laptop (Mars Black)Del Inspiron i17R it has an Intel Core i5-460M 2.53GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz, 3MB Cache - 500GB Hard Drive; 8x CD/DVD Burner (Dual-Layer DVD+/-R Drive) 4GB RAM; Combo eSATA/USB 2.0 (1); USB 2.0 (3); HDMI and VGA; RJ45 Ethernet; 1 Half Mini-Card Slot; 1 Headphone Jack; 1 Microphone Jack
Hard drive speed: 5400 rpm
Ports and Connectivity
USB Ports: 4
Cases and Expandability
A large 17.3" HD Display; Intel HD Graphics
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit); Microsoft Office Starter 2010
Processor: 2.53 Hz Intel Core i5
RAM: 4 GB
Memory Slots: 4
Size (LWH): 4.06 inches, 16.73 inches, 19.37 inches
Weight: 11 pounds
For all the details check out Amazon Dell Laptop DealDell Inspiron

Price - $698.98

The other Dell laptop deal is the Dell Inspiron iM5030-3413B3D 15.6-Inch Laptop - 3D BlackDell Inspiron 15which will save you $130 - if you buy them both of course you save $280 ! - at least that's what the marketing men woud have you believe - however the iM5030-3413B3D is a bit smaller than the previous Dell - with a 15.6" screen instead of 17.3" but of course that makes it 2 pounds lighter and a bit more portable. It's also very slightly slower but still fast enough - apart from that these laptops are very similar but the 15.6" is $499.99 instead of $698.98 for the 17" laptop

Dell Inspiron 15.6"
Dell Inspiron iM5030-3413B3D 15.6-Inch Laptop - 3D Black - Features
AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Mobile P340 Processor
4GB RAM; USB 2.0 (3) VGA RJ45 Ethernet 1 Half Mini-Card Slot 1 Headphone Jack, 1 Microphone Jack
500GB Hard Drive; 8x CD/DVD Burner (Dual-Layer DVD+/-R)
Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250; 15.6" High-Definition
Microsoft Office Starter 2010; McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 6 Months
Processor, Memory, and Motherboard
Pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium

Processor: 2.2 HZ AMD Athlon
RAM: 4 GB
Memory Slots: 4
Hard Drive

Size: 500 GB
Speed: 5400 rpm
Ports and Connectivity

USB Ports: 4
Cases and Expandability

Size (LWH): 4.06 inches, 14.06 inches, 19.37 inches
Weight: 9.4 pounds
For full details see Amazon Dell Inspiron Laptop Deal Dell Inspiron laptop

For netbooks for kids for Christmas check out Netbooks for Kids
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Friday, November 19

Netbook for Christmas

Netbooks for Christmas - Asus EEE PC 1001P

A netbook for Christmas could be a very good idea for a gift if you are willing to spend around $300 - or less in some cases. After the Kindle - Latest Generation Amazon Kindle - which is the No. 1 best-selling electronic product on Amazon - netbooks are very much in demand.


Asus Eee PC 1001-P White
 The Asus Eee PC 1001P-PU17 Seashell NetboksAsus Eee PC 1001P - with Windows 7 Starter and 10.1-inch screen is a very good offering for people on the go as it has excellent wireless connectivity and efficient performance and the price is a not too wallet emptying $299.

It is also very eye-catching with its lattice-work shell. More importantly perhaps you get 11 hours battery life thanks to the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine and the new Intel Atom N450 processor.

It is also very comfortable to use thanks to its large palm rest, and multi-touch trackpad.

It 250GB Hard Disk offers plenty of storage and its 1GB system memory is adequate but can be upgraded to 2GB (you can never have too much memory - but immense hard disks are not necessary).


Wi-Fi networking and Bluetooth 2.1 ensure wireless mobility. It is sold with Windows 7 Starter but if possible you would be better getting ithis upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium (check and get it done before you buy if possible for the extra $50). It is also fitted with an integrated webcam and microphone for chatting if you are the chatty type !


The battery life of 11 hours is excellent so this makes it a really good Netbook asus netbooks
for people who move about a lot. With Christmas less than a month away make sure to buy early to get it deliver on time !

If you are looking for Netbooks for Christmas for the Kids then check out the Dell Nickelodeon and the Acer Disney -here -->  netbooks for kids

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Wednesday, November 3

Asus Netbook with Windows 7

Netbook with Windows 7 Asus Eee PC 1015PN

Netbooks with Windows 7 installed are ten a penny, so if you are looking for a netbook and you absolutely need one running Windows 7 then you have a choice between the starter version or a netbook running Windows 7 Home premium. Most people believe that you are actually far better off with Windows 7 Home Premium, the only slight problem is that it will cost you around $50 extra and given that netbooks are suposed to be cheap, anything that pushes the price up is a bit of a contradiction.
Asus Eee PC 1015PN with Windows 7
The new Asus Eee PC 1015PN Netbook with 1.5 GHz Dual Core Intel Atom N550 Processor which is possibly one of the best netbooks currently available, is advertised running both the starter and the Home premium version, but if you don't specify which you want you will probably get the sstater version by default. So make sure you specify that you want the Home Preium version before you part with any cash  - if you can afford it.

According to Asus the Eee PC1015PN is a major change from other netbooks. Most netbooks installa a single core Atom processor. The Eee PC1015PN on the other hand has a Intel Atom N550 dual core processor, which delivers speeds 23% faster at least than single core processor netbooks (according to Asus again).


The following excellent video shows the Asus Eee PC 1015PN being unpacked tand gives you a good idea of what to expect



Other features inclues a 3-in-1 card reader, HDMI, VGA, and three USB ports, an SDHC memory card reader

The Asus Eee PC 1015PN netbook Asus Eee PC 1015PN measures 10.3 x 7 x 1.4 inches and weighs 2.75 pounds and is available for Pre-order at $429 in black, white, red, and blue colors

Asys Eee PC 1015PN Specifications
Genuine Windows® 7 Starter (also advertised with Home Premium so check before you buy)
10.1" LED Backlit WSVGA Screen (1024x600)
CPU & Chipset Inte AtomN550
Camera 0.3M Pixel
Wireless Data Network WLAN 802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz
Memory SO-DIMM 1GB DDRIII (Max 2GB)
Bluetooth 3.0
Display Card Next-Gen. ION N11M-PT1 with 512MB VRAM
Hybrid Storage 250GB HDD + 500GB ASUS WebStorage
Battery 6-cell Li-ion Battery Pack- 6cells
Audio Hi-Definition Audio CODEC
Stereo Speakers
Mic.
Input / Output 1 x VGA Connector
1  x HDMI port
2 x Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
3 x USB 2.0

1 x LAN RJ-45
1 x Card Reader: MMC/ SD(SDHC)

Battery life 10hrs (6cells, 56W/h)
Weight 1.25Kg
Dimensions 262x178x23.6~36.4mm


See also - netbook with Windows 7
This new Asus is reasonably fast, but it is actually not the fastest netbook on the market. If you are looking for a faster netbook check out - fast netbooks or a netbook for the kids for Christmas see netbooks for kids
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Tuesday, September 7

Fast Netbooks Asus Lamborghini VX6

Fast Netbooks - Asus Lamborghini VX6

The Asus Lamborghini VX6 has clearly been designed as a competitor for the Acer Ferrari netbook, which you can see here - Acer Ferrari (bear in mind that the Acer Ferrari is due to be updated soon - with the AMD Ontario processor in early 2011).

Asus Lamborghini VX6 Fast Netbook
Obviously, by naming their Netbooks after famous sports cars Asus and Acer, the two main netbook makers, are attempting to appeal to the sports car speed freak enthusiast with a fair amount of money to invest in a netbook, as they are not the cheapest Netrbooks on the market. The Acer Ferrari is available in Ferrari red, the Lamborghini however is available in any color as long as it's black or white.

The Lamborghini VX6 is designed as an above-average entry-level mobile computer, as such it makes use of an Atom D dual-core CPU and a high-quality screen. For a netbook screen it is quite large, with a diagonal measurement of 12.1 inches. Most netbooks go for a 10.1 inch screen.

As far as speed is concerned the Asus Lamborgini is based on the Atom D525 CPU, a dual-core with a clock speed of 1.83 GHz. In addition, the chip is combined with the NVIDIA ION 2 graphics processing unit, which is fully capable of playing HD videos and will make full use of the LED-backlit display with a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels.

The Asus Lamborghini also has 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 250GB hard disk, USB 3.0 connectivity (USB 3 is said to be 10 times faster than USB 2), Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, and a battery life of up to 6 hours.

It should be said however that the Asus Lamborghini is essentially the same as the Asus Eee PC 1215N with a different and presumably more glamorous design to appeal to the design-conscious, - so if you are looking for a fast netbook without the extra price you will be paying for the Lamborghini branding then check out the EEE PC 1215N

The Asus Lamborghini VX6 is now available for pre-order, at a price of US$ 699, which is not cheap for a netbook. The operating system is Microsoft Windows 7 home Premium which is much better than the Starter version.

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

Tips
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


Specifications:

- 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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Tuesday, July 27

Fast Netbook New Asus Eee PC1215N

Fast Netbooks - Asus Eee PC 1215N


If you are looking for a fast netbook the you will soon have a new one to consider the Asus Eee PC 1215N. This will certainly be one the fastest netbooks money can buy if not the fastest. It is expected to be available on August 23.


Asus is of course the company that invented the netbook, but it has been losing market share to Acer, maybe the PC 1215N will bring back some of that market share to Asus. Not only is it fast at 1.8 GHz, it also has a 12.1" screen described as "massive", well in some domains 12.1" might be considered massive but on a computer it is barely adequate, but of course this is a netbook so compared to 10" I guess it looks quite big.
Asus Eee PC 1215N Fast Netbook

Another very important feature is that the PC 1215N has Windows 7 Home Premium installed as standard - if you are looking for a netbook do not get one that only has Windows 7 Starter it has serious limitations - go for the Home Premium version from the outset.

Technical Specifications of the Asus Eee PC 1215N

Windows® 7 Home Premium
Next Generation NVIDIA® ION™ discrete graphics = better graphics performance
12.1" 16:9 HD LED-backlit glare-type display
Full HD 1080p video playback on a HDTV or big screen via a HDMI port
USB3.0* can transfer data at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB2.0
Camera cover over the webcam lens to stop people prying
500GB ASUS online WebStorage

The NVIDIA® ION™ discrete graphics processor delivers a "visual experience never before seen on netbooks". It is capable of smooth, crystal-clear playback of HD videos in 1080p on its 12-inch 1366 x 768 HD widescreen display with 16:9 display ratio.

The 1215N has the Intel® Atom™ D525 dual core processor, plus next generation NVIDIA® ION™ discrete graphics processor with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology for excellent multimedia performance capabilities.

It looks interesting if you are looking for one of the fastest netbooks around - but it ain't particularly cheap at around $650.

If you fancy the idea of the same netbook in a more stylish design then check out the Asus Lamborghini VX6

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Saturday, July 24

Best Netbooks Acer Aspire AO721

Best Netbooks - Acer Aspire One 721

Looking for the fastest, newest and best netbook currently available ? Then take a look at the new Acer Aspire One AO721
running under Windows 7 Home Premium edition. The Acer Aspire range has been updated with fresh new ID treatments and powerful AMD Athlon™ II Neo processors. The Aspire One AO721 also has the advantage of a large, 11.6-inch screen, ultra-portability and useability, high-definition graphics, video playback, and smooth communications. In the U.S. is it being retailed at  $429.99.

Acer Aspire One AO721 Netbook
The Acer Aspire One AO721 utilizes an AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor optimized to improve energy efficiency and delivering the performance needed to run multiple applications and features. The AMD Athlon II Neo processor and ATI Radeon HD 4225 Graphics with 384MB of dedicated system memory, mean that the Aspire One is well-equipped for mobile performance. You can multitask, even when running visually-intense, hi-definition applications, and explore the Internet, send and receive emails, watch videos and play games – all on the go using the netbook's battery power source.

Another very important feature is that the Acer A0721 is sold with Windows 7 Home premium as standard, a significant plus. You really should not be buying netbooks that use Windows 7 Starter Edition- you will only end up upgrading, which will cost at least another $50

The screen is a high-definition 11.6-inch CrystalBrite™ LED backlit display. The cover is black matte, mesh-textured cover to limit fingerprints and smudges, the whole unit is less than one-inch thick and wieghs around 3 pounds. It also has a full-sized keyboard, 2GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 250GB internal hard drive, HDMI™ connectivity for high-definition entertainment on large external displays, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and fast Ethernet LAN connectivity, a built-in webcam, for high quality images for online chats and video conferences, a built-in digital microphone offering superior voice quality and minimizing echoes, a Multi-Gesture Touchpad, that lets you pinch, flick and swirl your fingers across the touchpad for intuitive navigation, along with scrolling zoom in and out, flipping through web pages, etc...

Acer Aspire One AO721-3070

Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium

Processor
AMD Athlon™ II Neo Processor K125 (1MB L2 cache 1.70GHz)
Memory 2GB (2/0) DDR3 SDRAM
User upgradeable up to 4GB (one 2GB memory card in each slot)
Chipset AMD™ M880G
Storage Up to 250GB* hard drive
Multi-in-one card reader:
- Supports optional MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™ or xD-Picture Card™
- With optional adapter supports optional Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, miniSD™, microSD™, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard™
Optional external USB 1.44MB* diskette drive
Integrated ATI Radeon™ HD 4225 (384MB dedicated memory)
Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 support
Video Acer® CineCrystal 11.6" (1366 x 768) high-brightness (200-nit) TFT display
LED backlighting, mercury-free
Up to 16.7 million colors
Acer® Video Conference with integrated Acer® Crystal Eye webcam, 640 x 480 resolution and Acer® Video Conference Manager software supporting 640 x 480 resolution online video calls
VGA and HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface™) with HDCP (high-bandwidth digital-content protection) ports
MPEG-2 DVD, WMV9/VC-1 (Windows® Media Video 9, VC-1 standard), H.264/AVC decoding
Support for simultaneous display on notebook LCD and external monitor
Audio Integrated microphone
High-definition audio support
Headphones/speakers/line-out with SPDIF support and microphone ports
Microsoft® DirectSound® compatibility
Interface Ports DC-in
RJ-45 LAN
VGA
Headphones/speaker/line-out with SPDIF support
Microphone
HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface™) with HDCP (high-bandwidth digital-content protection)
Three USB 2.0
Communications 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Acer® SignalUp technology for enhanced antenna efficiency, WI-FI CERTIFIED™
Gigabit LAN, Wake-on-LAN ready
Software Included
Acer® ePower Management
Acer® Assisst
Acer® Identity Card
Acer® eRecovery Management
Acer® Updater
Acer® Registration
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
Acer® Video Conference Manager
Adobe® Flash® Player
CyberLink® PowerDVD™*
eSobi™
McAfee® Internet Security Suite (trial version)
Google™ Toolbar
Microsoft® Office (60-day trial)
Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Silverlight®
Norton™ Online Backup
Skype™
Windows Live™ Essentials
*OEM, not full-featured, version.
User Interface 84-key full-size keyboard, embedded numeric keypad, hotkey controls, international language support
12 function, four cursor keys
Multi-gesture touchpad supporting two-finger scroll, pinch, rotate, flip
Dimensions 11.2" W x 8.0" D x 1.0" – 1.1” H
Weight 3.1 lb. (1.4kg) with six-cell, 5800mAh battery
Power 65-watt AC adapter
Six-cell, 4400mAh lithium ion battery: up to 5.0 hours life depending on configuration and usage
Compliance Energy Star®
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
Security Features User, administrator and hard drive BIOS passwords
Kensington® lock slot

For another excellent Acer netbook for speed freaks check out the Acer Ferrari One - Acer Netbooks

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Thursday, June 3

Samsung NB30 Pro Best Netbook

Best Netbooks - Samsung NB30 and NB30 Pro Netbooks

Samsung make some of the best netbooks around and if you are lookig for a netboook for heavy duty use, then you should consider the Samsung NB30 or NB30 Pro - but, although the two are very similar, the Pro version is a better choice as it runs Windows 7 Professional.

The NB30 weighs just 1.3kg but is surprisingly solid. Samsung designed it with a protective 'S' pattern over the entire outer case, thus creating a robust finish. The matte black finish is a relief from all those shiny black models and it is also spill-proof and doesn't scratch easily.
Samsung has fitted a drop-protected 160GB SATA hard drive with a free-fall sensor, which detects if it is falling and locks the drive and backs up your data at the same time, which is pretty neat ! Although it is only the hard drive that is drop protected.

Samsung has built the NB30 on a very small 10.1in chassis to make it extremely portable but unfortunately the battery sticks out and adds half an inch in height to the back of the netbook.

But at least you get a six-cell battery with up to 11 hours of power, a big bonus.

The keyboard is solid and makes typing quite a pleasant experience on such a small netbook.

The NB30 features Intel's 'Pine Trail' Atom N450 running at 1.66GHz, which is pretty good for everyday tasks but unfortunately only has 1GB of RAM, which can make it slow at times.

The 1,024 x 600 backlit LED display is excellent for such a small netbook and there are no nasty reflections to contend with !

The NB30 features 2 x 1.5W speakers at the bottom front of the unit, which do sound a bit tinny, but the headphone jack lets you take advantage of the high-definition audio playback.

All in all the NB30 is fine but don't expect high-end gaming from it.

It has three USB ports, a 3-in-1 card slot and VGA out, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and an embedded webcam.

Conclusion - The NB30 is one of the best netbooks available it is a solid netbook with long battery life; excellent display; good value for money, but there is only one memory slot and the battery sticks out.

For a better alternative to the NB30 take a look at the Samsung NB30 Pro

It looks the same as the NB30 but it has Windows 7 Professional instead of Windows Starter Pack and is fitted with up to 2GB of memory.

The rest of the specs are the same - a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 10.1 inch, intel GMA 3150 graphics, 160GB hard drive, 1024 x 600 pixel display, VGA webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and 6 cell battery.

The semi-rugged case design is the same as are the spill-resistant keyboard, and the hard drive sensor that parks the HDD spindle if you drop the computer. As the Samsung NB30 was designed for the business user looking for something better than an average netbook, makes sense to have Windows 7 Professional instead of Windows 7 Starter Edition.

The NB30 costs around $340 the NB30 Pro should be available soon for around $519.

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Tuesday, March 23

Best Netbooks MSI Wind12 U230

MSI Make Some of the Best Netbooks


People often want to know which is the best netbook available. Unfortunately that is not an easy question to answer, for one very good reason - they are changing all the time. What is the best netbook now will probably not be the best netbook in 3 months' time. Computers in general and netbooks in particular are constantly evolving and they quickly become out of date.
Back in November MSI announced the arrival of what is probably one of the best netbooks currently on the market - the Wind12 U230 series. There are two different models of the the MSI Wind12, the U230-033, and the U230-040.


Both have 2GB of DDR2, a 6 cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium as standard. The fact that they have Windows 7 Home Premium installed is a very good factor, as the Windows 7 Starter is really not good enough. They also have as standard an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card and a 1.3 megapixel webcam, HDMI port, and 3 USB 2.0 ports.

The U230-033 features an Athlon Neo MV-40 with a 250GB SATA drive, the U230-040 has an Athlon X2 L335 and a 320GB SATA drive. They both have a 12.1? LCD (at 1366×768) which is on the large side for a netbook, and the new EDS Keyboard with larger keys.

Both systems are now on sale with the U230-033 selling for $429.99, and the faster U230-040 selling for $479.99. MSI U230-040US 12.1-Inch Netbook - 4 Hour Battery Life

The Wind12 is not the cheapest netbook around but then it's not the most expensive either but it is much more powerful than a lot of them.

Pros:
+Dual core AMD CPU
+Lightweight and well made
+Larger keyboard
+Rather large touch pad
+Small, portable but powerful

Cons:
-Short battery life
-Glossy screen

In one survey the U230 easily beat the Asus 1201N in almost every single benchmark.

MSI Wind12 U230 ultra-thin laptop specifications :
•12.1-inch (1366×768) display
•2GB of RAM
•Athlon Neo MV-40 or Athlon X2 L335 processor
•250GB/320GB hard drive
•Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics
•1.3 megapixel webcam
•6-cell battery.
•4-in-1 card reader
•297 (L) x 190 (D) x 31 (H) mm
•Windows 7 Home Premium


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Friday, February 19

Best Samsung N150 4G Netbook Unboxed

Best Netbooks
Samsung N150 4G Netbook Computer

Samsung N150 4G Netbook
Samsung's N150 netbook is the latest offering by Samsung to netbook afficionados. Samsung claim that the N150 is the first 4G netbook computer in the world, and who are we to argue? What is 4G ? If you never really understood what 3G was, and if you are wondering whatever happened to 2G then don't worry, you are not alone.

4G will let you surf the web over your mobile phone signal but at broadband speeds. It's designed to let you watch videos and or download stuff to your netbook, wherever you are (which is why they all it ubiquitous).

This 4G Netbook will also be further defined as LTE (Long Term Evolution) - long-term in the computer world? Well, maybe. It will also be fitted with an LTE modem chipset designed by Samsung, bearing the name of Kalmia. The processor is a Intel Atom Processor N450. The graphics are processed using an integrated Intel GMA3150 chip.

Samsung claims a maximum download speed of 100Mbps and 50Mbps for uploads. The keyboard is a good size but the trackpad will take some getting used to.

The built-in mic and webcam will let you use Skype over 4G, sans a Wi-Fi connection. It also has an SD card reader and a three USB ports, plus a choice of 160GB or 250GB hard drives, a 10.1" anti-reflective LED energy-efficient backlit screen with 1,024x600-pixel resolution. The N150 also has a headphone-out connection for video-conferencing, live messaging and VoIP telephony. Battery life acording to Samsung is up to 8.5 hours.

No price or availability date has been released yet which will let us know when we can actually buy a Samsung N150 4G netbook, but check out this video of a guy in Germany who managed to get a N150 and unbox it. It's in German and you can fast forward 45 seconds if you are really the impatient type.


If what you were really looking for is one the best netbooks for kids - then you have the choice between two - click here for further details on the Disney Asus Netpal Netbook or the Dell Nickelodeon Slime Netbook

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Wednesday, February 3

Sony Vaio W Eco Netbook

Best Netbooks - Sony Vaio W Mini Notebook

Sony Vaio W Eco Series
Sony's latest netbook, the Vaio W, Series Eco, they prefer the term 'mini notebook' is one of several VAIO W Series netbooks launched at the 2010 CES (Consumer Electronics Show).

It may not have the raw power of the Acer Ferrari but
ecologists will appreciate the fact that 23% of the plastic chassis is made of recycled CDsm in addition the traditional cardboard box has been dumped in favor of a carry case made from recycled PET bottles. Finally, the system is RoHS-, Energy Star 5.0-, and EPEAT Gold-compliant.

Features
10.1-inch LED-backlit display - 1,366 x 768 resolution.
Multimedia card reader
Built-in Webcam
2 USB 2.0 ports
Ethernet port and a VGA port.
802.11n and Bluetooth built-in.
Sony claims up to 7 hours of use on a single battery charge

Dimensions : 7.07" x 10.54" x 1.08/2"
Weight 2.93 pounds with standard battery

New 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU (aka Pineview).
1GB DDR2 memory as standard (up to 2GB as an option).
250GB hard drive - 5,400 rpm.
Graphics courtesy of integrated Intel GMA 3150.
Windows 7 starter O.S.

Software includes Sony's own Kidzui, a kid-friendly Web browser and search engine
30-day trial version of Norton Internet Security 2010
Microsoft Works SE 9.0, with a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Home and Student 2007.

Starting price for the VAIO W Series Eco is $479 - Sony is taking pre-orders on its Sonystyle site.

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Tuesday, February 2

Best Netbooks Alienware m11x

Best Netbooks - Alienware's Gaming Netbook


Win an Alienware m11x
A bit of a contradiction in terms but Alienware, which is better known for its gaming laptops, has today announced that customers can order its gaming netbook the m11x. To be fair, as far as we know Alienware call it a sub 15" laptop, but the name of netbook seems to be one that has stuck for some reason. The m11x is a small gaming computer with an 11.6-inch screen, NVIDIA GT335M switchable graphics, 6.5 hours of battery life on integrated and "over 2 hours" on gaming mode. It will cost less than $1,000.

You can choose between Core 2 Duo CPUs, up to 8GB of Dual Channel DDR3 memory, Verizon or AT&T mobile broadband and a spinning hard drive or a 256GB Solid state disk. The M11x’s base price of $799 price can easily end up over $2,000 ! Not bad for a netbook ! But it won’t be shipping until March 1, 2010.

There are plenty of connectivity options, 3x USB ports, HDMI-out, a DisplayPort connector, Mini FireWire, VGA, card reader and a slot for a SIM card. In the wireless realm, there's 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and 3G for those with a SIM card.

Alienware are also offering you the chance to win an m11x - just check out their sweepstake at - http://www.alienware.com/microsite/m11x/m11x.aspx

Check out also the MSI Wind12 which is a rival for the title of one of the best netbooks currently available.

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Wednesday, January 27

Asus Fast Netbook 1201N

Best Netbook Deals - Fastest Netbook Computer - Asus Eee PC 1201N

UPDATE : In July 2010 the Eee PC1201N was chosen by CNET UK as the number two in the top ten netbooks available, with the Samsung N210 as the best, in our opinion however the Eee PC 1201N should have been awarded the number one spot due to the fact that it is sold with Windows 7 Home Premium installed as standard. Netbooks with Windows 7 Starter Edition are at a serious disadvantage - and really cannot be considered as good as netbooks with Windows 7 Home Premium - see here for the reasons why Windows 7 Home Premium

Asus Eee PC1201NIf you're looking for a fast netbook or even what may be the fastest netbook computer available then take a look at the Asus Eee PC 1201N multimedia netbook, which is fitted with a twin-core Intel processor and Nvidia Ion graphics. This makes the 1201N one of the fastest netbooks around along with the Acer Ferrari netbook  and one of the first with decent processing power and the possibility of running complex 3D graphics, you can even run games on it. Amazon are offering a great deal at the moment that has Windows 7 Home Premium loaded - the Windows 7 Starter is really not a good idea for netbooks.

Most netbook computers use an Intel N270 or N280 CPU, but with the 1201N Asus have opted for a dual-core Intel Atom 330 each of which runs at 1.6GHz.

Asus say that the Nvidia Ion graphics will allow you to watch streaming 1080p videos on YouTube "as proficiently as a high-end desktop PC". You can also use it to play games such as Call of Duty 4, modest resolutions and with low detail settings, if you must, but netbooks are not really made for playing games on, even the fastest netbook available.

The screen on the 1210N is a 12.1", LED-backlit 1,366x768-pixel display.

It is sold with 750GB of "hybrid storage" i.e. 250GB internal hard drive and 500GB of online WebStorage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 0.3-megapixel webcam, HDMI video out so you can plug it in to a flat panel TV, and a six-cell, 63Wh - 5 hour battery.

See also - netbook with Windows 7

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Tuesday, January 26

Best Netbooks Asus Eee 1005P


Best Netbooks - Asus Eee PC 1005P or 1005PE Any Good?



Asus Eee PC 1005P and 1005PE

Asus Eee PC 1005P
Looking for one of the best netbooks around ? Then take a close look at the Asus Eee PC 1005P or 1005PE. The P stands for Pinetrail, the latest Atom N450 processor and NM10 chipset code from Intel. And this netbook will be exactly what a lot of people are looking for from a netbook. Unfortunately I can't recommend it because of the fact that it ships with Windows 7 Starter Edition - you really need Windows 7 Home Premium if you don't want to run into problems - see here if you want to know why - Windows 7 Home Premium

Apart from the Windows misgivings, Asus has taken what was already one of the best netbooks available, the Asus 1005HA, and revamped it with the new generation Intel Atom 450 processor and added a few more extras too.

The 1005P has a seashell design which makes it look good too.

What do you get for your money ? Well, a 160GB hard drive (250GB for the 1005PE), a 10-inch, 1,024x600-pixel screen and 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3 USB ports and a D-Sub VGA output. You also get a pretty good keyboard.

Asus Eee PC 1005P
The main plus though is the Intel Atom N450 CPU, which looks likely to replace the N270. The advantage with the N450 is that as designers have fond ways of cramming more stuff on chips, the N450 has the memory controller and the graphics processor on the CPU itself, thereby taking up less space and using around 40% less power, which mean sof course longer battery life.

Asus claim that the 1005P battery will run for 14 hours - but I think we all know what that means - 10 -11 hours seems more feasible.

Another drawback is the glossy screen. What is it with glossy screens ? Nobody likes them yet it's hard to find netbooks and laptops that don't have them these days. Who needs reflections of what's behind you ?

Asus Eee PC 1005PE Specifications
1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 Processor
250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) + 500GB Free Web Storage;
1GB DDR2 RAM, 1 SODIMM Slot, 2GB Max
0.3MP Webcam
Chiclet Keyboard;
10.1-Inch Color-Shine 1024X600 WSVGA LCD Display;
802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth Enabled
Windows 7 Starter Operating System; High Capacity 6 Cell Battery
Size : 10.31" x 7.01" x 1.44"
Weight: 2.8 pounds

For further details from Amazon click here - ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE

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