Best 10 Netbook Under $500

By soumitra, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

netbooksNetbook, NETbook, netBOOK, NETBOOK! Everyone is crying for a netbook today. Whether you are a student, a corporate businessman or a housewife, all of you want a netbook now because they are cheap, portable, has enough performance to easily do some net surfing, watch a movie, listen music or some office document writing/editing tasks. A netbook hits the sweet spot between the computing capability of a smartphone and a mainstream computer which is ideal for many professionals on the go and is also ideal for those who are looking for a laptop on budget. Here we have collected the best netbooks that are available for under $500. Almost all of the netbooks are based on Intel Atom Processor and has 1GB RAM and 160GB HDD with similar performance. So we have listed other important aspects in short which you might consider before buying a netbook. Have a look at the list.

1. Asus Eee PC 1005 HA Seashell

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It has an Intel Atom N280 Processor clocking at 1.66 GHz, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM and 160 GB 5400 rps SATA HDD.
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Pros

  • Build quality is good for budget netbook
  • Port Layout is good for a netbook
  • Battery life is amazing

Cons

  • Weak integrated graphics
  • Thick for a modern netbook
  • Bad touchpad buttons

Read Our Review of Asus Eee PC 1005 HA Seashell

Price

About $380

2. Acer Aspire One AOD150

It comes with an 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1GB RAM with 160 GB 5400 rpm HDD.

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Pros

  • Very affordable price tag
  • Slim Construction
  • Speedy hard drive

Cons

  • Keyboard a bit cramped for a 10 inch netbook
  • Bluetooth not included
  • Touchpad buttons are not comfortable

Read Our Review of Acer Aspire One AOD150

Price

About $320

3. HP Mini 2140

It also has the common 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor with 1GB RAM and 160GB 5400 rpm Hitachi HDD.

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Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Great keyboard
  • Multiple configuration options

Cons

  • Base configuration has low-resolution screen
  • Screen is too reflective due to second glossy protective layer
  • Awkwardly positioned Touchpad Buttons with very narrow touchpad

Read Our Review of HP Mini 2140

Price

About $410

4. MSI Wind

The common 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor along with 1GB RAM and 160 GB SATA HDD is also in operation here.
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Pros

  • Super cool even in overclocked mode
  • 10 inch screen
  • Good keyboard

Cons

  • Low Battery Life

Read Our Review of MSI Wind

Price

About $310

5. Asus Eee PC T91

It has a bit slower 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z250 Processor and there is 1GB RAM and 16GB SSD to go with its touchscreen.

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Pros

  • Tablet PC at a very low price
  • Light and Portable
  • Battery life is satisfactory

Cons

  • CPU performance  below average
  • SSD Drive capacity very low to go with
  • Small 8.9 inch display
  • Stylus Pen is not handy

Read Our Review of Asus Eee PC T91

Price

About $480

6. Sony VAIO Mini

1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 processor with 1GB RAM and 160 GB HDD is also present here.

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Pros

  • Very Attractive Design
  • Compact and lightweight

Cons

  • Limited Port Selection
  • Small Screen
  • Tiny Keyboard
  • High Price

Read Our Review of Sony VAIO Mini

Price

About $499 (for Sony VAIO VPC W111XX/W)

7. Dell Inspiron Mini 10

It uses 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530 Silverthrone Processor with 1GB RAM and 160 GB HDD.

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Pros

  • Slim and light than most other netbooks
  • Spacious keyboard
  • Nice Color options for those who look for style

Cons

  • TouchPad and Buttons are uncomfortable to use
  • HDMI without Dedicated graphics is a bad choice
  • No VGA Port

Read Our Review of Dell Inspiron Mini 10

Price

About $400

8. Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Nothing extraordinary here also in the specs department. It has 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB RAM and 160 GB HDD.

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Pros

  • ExpressCard slot offers extra expansion options
  • Very well built and durable
  • Easy to upgrade RAM, and hard drive

Cons

  • Gets a little hot
  • Looks something like toy laptop for babies
  • Only two USB ports

Read Our Review of Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Price

About $320

9. Samsung NC 10

It uses the same Intel Atom N270 Processor with 1GB RAM and 160 GB HDD.
samsung-nc10

Price

About $400

10. Toshiba Mini NB 205

It has Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz Processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM and 160 GB Hard Drive.
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Price

About $320

Discussion

Linsay Best NetBook 2009
November 5, 2009: 11:49 am

The Toshiba NB205 is a fantastic piece of kit. Everything about it oozes quality and is easily the best netbook out there. I have it running Windows 7 home and was amazed at how fast it was (although I installed a 2GB RAM upgrade to get the most out of it).


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November 5, 2009: 2:40 am

Very nice selection… The New ASUS EEE looks great. Sony VAIO is, as usual, ridiculously expensive.

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