How to Buy a Netbook?

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Source: PC Magazine (Apr 2011 edition)
With fast processing, impressive features, and an attractive price, notebooks are hard to resist. Here’s how to pick a model that suits your needs.
PC makers have shifted their attention from netbooks to tablets. Competition has grown fiercer, too. The choices, meanwhile, are coming from all sorts of household names, like Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Dell, and HP. As a category, netbooks are such a diverse group that it’s hard to come up with a single, all-encompassing definition. The best indicators that you’re dealing with a netbook are a low price, light weight, and also low-powered components. Netbooks vary in screen size, typing experience, and specialty features. And now the war is heating up between Intel and AMD at the component level. Luckily, this netbook-buying guide does just that.

Name & Model Review
Ratings*
HP Pavillion dm1z
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With AMD Fusion APU.
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Samsung NF310-A01
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With the latest dual-core Atom processor, high-resolution scree, and a great user experience.
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 Asus EeePC 1015PEM
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Asus doesn’t raise the price of its 10-inch EeePC 1015PEM netbook, even though it now runs on a dual-core Intel Atom processor.
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 HP Mini 210-2070nr
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HP Mini 210-2070nr netbook’s looks and performance is the same, but it’ll give you a full day’s worth of battery life and comes with a fast hard drive.
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HP Mini 5103
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HP Mini 5103 with its dual-core Atom CPU, touch screen, big battery, and 2GB of RAM, the HP Mini 5103 is the most tricked-out netbook money can buy, but it doesn’t come cheap.
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Asus EeePC 1215N
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The Asus EeePC 1215N is updated with a dual-core Atom processor and Nvidia Optimus technology, trumping all other netbooks in speed and graphics power.
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Asus EeePC 1201N
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The Asus EeePC 1201N is the best 12-inch netbook in the market, even thought it only has 4 hours of battery life.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X120e
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The Lenovo ThinkPad X120e, with its AMD Fusion APU, is arguably the best netbook for business, but it comes at a premium.
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Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (Ion)
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The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 (Ion), Lenovo’s Ion netbook, comes with smooth HD playback, but not without some sacrifices.
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* All the ratings are given by “PCMAG”

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