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The Netbook You Need

At a Glance

Near-instant access to the Web highlights an otherwise standard netbook.

Pros

  • Quick access to the Web
  • Exceptionally adjusted touchpad

Cons

  • No easy access to the hard drive
  • Weak video
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At a Glance

The Eee PC 1201n offers better video performance and a bigger screen than most netbooks, but at a cringe-worthy price.

Pros

  • Better video performane due to the Ion chipset
  • Big, high res screen for a netbook

Cons

  • 2GB max memory limits usefulness
  • Much more expensive than most netbooks
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At a Glance

Superior input ergonomics will sell this comparatively overpriced netbook.

Pros

  • Useful utility software
  • Excellent keyboard

Cons

  • Sluggish performer
  • Pricey; no productivity software
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At a Glance

An easily upgradable netbook with exceptional style and battery life.

Pros

  • Amazing battery life
  • Slick design

Cons

  • Typical netbook performance
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At a Glance

The design of the HP Mini 5102 is great for business users, but the high price doesn't buy you extra performance.

Pros

  • Lots of options, including touchscreen display
  • Good keyboard and touchpad

Cons

  • Expensive for a netbook
  • Limited resolution
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Nov 25, 2014 7:05 AM

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