1) Asus Eee PC 1000H (As an example of how prices vary, the 3-cell version is on sale for $379.)
Base price: $475
My, how youve grown. The Asus, famously, kicked off the netbook revolution back in 2007 with a truly bare-bones 7-inch mini-box practically a collectors item at this point. But as competition has grown, Asus has bulked up, as evidenced by this not-so-small machine. Indeed, the Asus 1000H is sort of a netbook on steroids. A 10-inch screen, a fat hard drive, a keyboard thats 95 percent full size is this really a netbook?
Its 6-cell battery is known for its long life possibly the best of any netbook; Asus claims around seven hours.
The machine was built with wireless in mind. The 1000H includes the Intels Wi-Fi AGN LAN chip, which offers the expanded connectivity of 802.11n Wi-Fi spec. It also boasts integrated Bluetooth, letting you connect with your Bluetooth cell phone and other external units. Not to mention 3 USB ports, a VGA output for connecting to a monitor, and a built-in microphone/Webcam.
In short, Asus, which single-handedely led the netbook charge, is now leading netbooks into their next incarnation as tiny but buff 'n muscular units.
Or, you can save a few bucks and go for the Asus Eee PC 901. With Linux installed, a smaller hard drive and an 8.9-inch screen, it sells for around $400. Check Amazon.
Processor: 1.6 Ghz Intel ATOM
Screen size: 10 inches
Hard Drive: 160 GB
Weight: 3.2 pounds
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