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Check out the list of top netbooks:

Asus 1005pe // HP Mini 210 // Toshiba Mini NB305 // Dell Inspiron Mini 10

Acer Aspire One // Samsung N210 // Lenovo IdeaPad S10 // MSI Wind U160

5) Acer Aspire One 532h

Base price: $309

Check prices:

Google: Acer Aspire One 532h

Amazon: Acer Aspire One 532h

Product page: Acer Aspire One 532h

Okay, let’s be honest: you want a netbook and you want it cheap. Seriously cheap. Other netbook makers might dangle High Def or Bluetooth in front you, they may lure you with a fancy touchpad or a sexy design. In the end, of course, they’ll jack up the price tag and happily take your money.

If that’s your deal, than go shop with Dell (get one with a TV tuner, or a fancy customized lids for extra bucks) or from ASUS, which offers a cool High Def option. As for good old Acer, they’ll sell you a perfectly working netbook – a netbook, mind you, not a sexy, muscular little portable – for a bargain basement $300 bucks.

And honestly, if you really want jazzy performance, don’t look to a netbook.

In the Acer Aspire One’s favor, it runs the Atom N450 chip, so its battery is impressively long lasting, a good 8-10 hours by some counts, though real world use may offer less.

Some grumble about the Acer’s touchpad. It’s built into the wrist rest. It’s kind of small and the mouse button is on the skinny side. Sure, you can get used to it, and anyway, you’re probably only using this unit for email and quick surfing. On the plus side, the keys are decent-sized, as are the function keys. So the Aspire One will get you by, especially given that you’ll likely get used to its touchpad limitations over time.

What’s not to like? The Aspire One has the standard 10.1-inch wide-screen display with a 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a Webcam, Windows 7 Starter OS, b/g/n Wi-Fi, and – c’mon, this is nice – stereo speakers. It also offers a 250 GB hard drive, which is noteworthy at this price point.

Bottom line: For the price, you can hardly beat it.


The Acer Aspire One netbook (photo courtesy Acer)

Asus 1005pe // HP Mini 210 // Toshiba Mini NB305 // Dell Inspiron Mini 10

Acer Aspire One // Samsung N210 // Lenovo IdeaPad S10 // MSI Wind U160

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