Netbook Buying Guide

Trying to decide which netbook to buy? There are many choices out there and you first need to consider what aspect of a netbook is most important to you. Is it...

Trying to decide which netbook to buy? There are many choices out there and you first need to consider what aspect of a netbook is most important to you. Is it price, performance, or quality?

If your main consideration is an equal blend of all 3, then you will be the most satisfied with the Asus Eee PC 1005HA.

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This netbook has remained the number 1 best-seller for half of 2009, and that’s because it does almost everything right. Its build quality is excellent and the price is very affordable at around $349 with Windows 7 (or $324 for Windows XP). Here are the specs on the 10.1″ Asus Eee PC 1005HA:

  • 10.1″ 1024 x 600 resolution LED backlit LCD display
  • 10.5 hours battery life
  • Intel Atom N280 processor
  • 250GB hard drive
  • 1GB RAM
  • Windows 7
  • 802.11 b/g/n wifi
  • 2.9lbs

You can read my full review here, but we’ll just say that there’s a reason it has been the number 1 best-seller for so long. If you’re looking for a good 10.1″ netbook then this is what you want.

I would definitely recommend getting one with Windows 7, but if you want to save some money you can pick up one with Windows XP for only $324 from Amazon.

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If performance is what you’re after then look no further than the HP Mini 311.

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This netbook has an 11.6″ display and blows other netbooks out of the water with its Nvidia Ion HD graphics capabilities. Even with all of this performance the price is still only $399. You can check out my full review here, but if performance is what you want then the HP Mini 311 is the best of the best right now. Playing graphics intensive games with this netbook is no problem.

If the lowest price is what you’re after, then take a look at these deals on Amazon.

If you look at remanufactured models as well you can get a great deal on an Asus Eee PC 1005HA for as low as $248. Even though they’re remanufactured they still come with a 90 day warranty so you don’t have anything to worry about.

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