Netbooks put to the test

September 8, 2009 8:43:22 AM PDT
If you're looking for a small, lightweight inexpensive computer, netbooks may be the way to go. This new trend in laptops is a cost effective way for people wanting to surf the net or access e-mail.

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Netbooks are popular both for their size and price. The notebook computer comes with a small processor and screen.

"These netbooks are great for students to carry into class, for traveling businessmen to take with them, and also mothers when they are in a kitchen to quickly look up a recipe," said Good Housekeeping's Rachel Rothman.

The Asus E PC 1000HA loaded programs and transferred files faster than all the other machines tested. It ranked number 1 in Good Housekeeping's product test.

The Lenovo was the most compact of all the netbooks tested, yet it had the largest screen.

"And its battery life was quite exceptional lasting almost four hours," said Rothman.

The super small MSI wind U-120 received mixed reviews. Its screen was readable in all lighting conditions, but users complained the keystrokes felt stiff. The Dell Mini 10 stood out because it was the only one tested with a built in port for easy watching of web video.

You can save $250, even $500 or more, by buying a netbook instead of a full sized laptop.

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