The low-cost low power systems commonly known as Netbooks or mini laptops, has hit the market popularly. The usual sought after systems are 1 GB of Ram, a 160 GB or larger drive an Intel Atom N270 CPU and windows XP or Windows 7, with option of Bluetooth for mobile Broadband excess. The graphics hardware from Nvidia’s Ion GPU, gives high screen resolutions on 11.6 inches screen display. The prices for the higher grade systems are going over the usual $300 to $400 range.
Asus EEE PC 1000HE is the improved model of previous EEE PC 1000. The CPU and keyboard have been upgraded by better design. It now carries the price tag of $400. The new model PC 1000HE has higher frequency of 1.66GHz using atom N280 CPU with front-side bus speed of 667MHz while the last one used Atom N270 CPU at frequency 1.6GHz and with slower bus speed of 533MHz. The netbook was rated with score 35 on WorldBench 6 tests, which is the usual average of netbooks.
Acer has also improved its Acer Aspire One model into, Acer Aspire One AOD 150. It was lacking in some features and this netbook now has a slight edge over other systems in performance. The well balanced good looking 10.1 inch screen is bigger than previous 8.9 inch screen. The compact keyboard now looks better but is still shorter than full-size keyboard. The system constitutes 1 GB of Ram, an Intel Atom N270 Processor and frequency 1.6GHz. With all its good points, it scored the average 35 on WorldBench 6 tests.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10 is in fact a bigger and better system with definite edge over all its competitors. The bigger and roomy platter-based hard-disk drive of 160 GB and 5400 rpm is so far the largest in a netbook in the laptop market. The 10.2 inch screen gives 1024 x 600 resolution display. The very resounding high performance of S10 is far better than comparative models in the market. It derives great appreciation from laptop users.
The components installed are Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB of Ram and 1.6 GHz. Lenovo IdeaPad S10 works at faster speeds than other giving affective performances. IdeaPad S10 has the highest score 41 on WorldBench 6 tests. When one is looking for long lasting performance, IdeaPad S10 is the best solid pick.
Acer Aspire One is a Linux-based first model that is being appreciated despite its composition of slower components than usual. This swift Aspire One laptop is selling for $349 only. Aspire One’s Windows XP Home version is offered with a larger Hard-disk drive. The screen display is 8.9 inches accompanied by a well-designed keyboard. The Linux models 8GB solid-state drive has been replaced by much improved 120GB hard-disk drive with better 1 GB of Ram. All the above improvements could get its rating to score 34 WorldBench 6 tests, which is lower than what the users look for. Another setback is its 3 cell battery cost $100 that boosts longer use but makes the package cost heavy.
Asus offers variety mini laptops in the market since its first machine Asus EEE PC 4G netbook. EEE PC 1000H XP is a far better version and its performance is also upgraded by removing all problems that handicapped its early models. The components are Intel Atom N270, 1 GB of Ram and 80GB hard disk. The 10 inch screen display is relatively roomy. The compact set measures 10.5 inches by 7.5 by 1.5 inches, the size of a book. It has a good sized keyboard. The EEE PC 1000H XP has a high scores 37 on WorldBench 6 tests, which is an above average rating.
Asus EEE PC 1000H XP has a solid screen. The large size makes it an ultra portable device but its compatibility helps it to lead the laptop market.
The HP Mini 2140 is composed with Intel 1.6 GHz Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of Ram, and 160GB hard-disk drive 5400 rpm. It also offers Windows XP. It includes a 3 cell battery that can be changed to a 6 cell battery by extra $30. The HP Mini 2140 is affording at a comparable high price of $529. HP Mini 2140 carries an overall good appeal. The metallic laptop is somehow a poor scorer 26 on WorldBench 6 tests. The biggest advantage of HP Mini 2140 is its wonderful battery that lasts almost 7 hours on each charge. This fantastic battery life is probably the main consideration of frequent laptop users.
The HP Mini 2140, in spite of the high price, still enjoys preference to many comparable models in the market.
Asus N10Jc is a bigger than usual size of a mini laptop. It is almost ultra portable netbook. In other words this large model seems something outside the mini laptops configuration. It resembles Asus EEE 1000H XP netbook but with design and better components advantage. It is quite expensive at a price of $650 for a mini laptop series.
The components are as usually used Intel Atom 1.66GHz, N270 processor and 1GB Ram with 160 Hard Drive, the same as IdeaPad S10. Its superiority lays in the graphics processing unit, Nvidia’s GeForce 9300M GS, that allows workup/manipulate between GPU and integrated graphics on the motherboard. A fascinating facility not commonly found in the mini laptop market. Asus N10Jc at its peak performance setting scored 36 in WorldBench 6 tests. It is above than the average rating.
Hewlett Packard’s second-generation mini laptop is a far better upgraded version of their previous model HP 2133. The HP Mini 1000 has now incorporated Windows XP. The other components include 1GB of Ram and 60 GB PATA hard-drive 4200 Rpm.
This mini 1000 netbook score 30 on WorldBench 6 tests, a low figure much below average. HP Mini 1000 still retaining all the facilities provided by the earlier model HP 2133. Mini 1000 performs better in the low price range and that is what the users look for and gives good turnover.
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is regarded a basic learning composites netbook available at an affordable price of $474. This compact machine is just the size of a notebook. The components include Intel 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of Ram and solid state 8GB drive. It also operates Windows XP Home. It becomes more versatile with preinstalled software that includes Microsoft Works. Dell Inspiron Mini 9 has a big setback that it does not provide enough open space to work. This is the major reason why WorldBench 6 tests could not be performed to ascertain its true performance for comparison with other netbooks. However, its working is definitely reasonably satisfactory as often confirmed by users.
The solid Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook is particularly popular among children for its easy operation style, appealing design and very reasonable good price.
The MSI Wind NB U100 as its market established with the price tag of $550, the main factor being, it was the first mini laptop with Atom base CPU system. Other components include 1 GB of Ram, and 80 GB 2.5inch hard drive and Windows XP. The rated score 36 on WorldBench 6 tests is about the average of the mini laptop netbooks.
The Wind’s main differential is its Turbo Drive over clocks at the slightest touch of a button. Turbo drive helps to power initial torque to put the Atom processor in full mode instantly. The main setback is the battery supplied with the system. The three cells last only about 2.5 hours on each re-charge. It is known for its light weight and as a tough built body.
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