Top Netbooks Compared: the Eight Best Netbooks: Page 6


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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

6) Samsung N210

Base price: $359

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You have to give Samsung credit for its netbook effort: for its 2010 model, the company has not only added the Intel Atom N450 processor (which every maker now has) it’s also significantly touched up its design.

It has a stylish, substantial feel to its build, and its marginally larger body gives (sort of) the illusion of a full laptop’s size in a netbook’s small shape. The touchpad is generously sized and the two mouse buttons have a reputation for working smoothly and hassle-free. There’s a tad more real estate beneath the keyboard to help you position your wrists for touch-typing.

One sweet touch, given how small any netbook’s screen is: the Samsung N210 has stand-alone Up and Down buttons, which really helps navigation. And the most essential function keys, like Tab and Shift, are as big as they are on a regular laptop. The keyboard, too, benefits from a spacious layout.

The Samsung N210’s matte screen – which cuts down on screen glare, and is rare in netbooks – is easy on the eyes. If hours (and hours) of screen time tire out your eyes, this model may be your choice. (Of course the colors appear slightly muted, but that’s a necessary trade off.) The 10.1-inch display has the standard 1,024 x 600-pixel default resolution – if you’re hoping for Hi Def, keep shopping.

The all white body (perhaps it’s a poor man’s Macbook?) is complemented by a slender silver border that traces the inner edge of the keyboard tray. The netbook’s cover is topped with a clear plastic cover, adding a modernistic look. Overall some thought went into this unit’s appearance, meaning it’s appropriate to use at home or in a professional situation.

The machine’s specs are the standard 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1 GB RAM, 250GB, Webcam, 3-in-1 media reader, 3 USB ports, and Windows Starter OS. It lacks Bluetooth. Samsung claims up to 7 hours from the 6-cell lithium battery.

Bottom line: A well designed netbook that focuses on the hardware’s user interface. Not the cheapest unit on the market, but a good one.


The Samsung n210 netbook (photo courtesy Samsung)

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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