Who's got the top 10-inch netbook?

Who's got the top 10-inch netbook?

Summary: Laptop Magazine has just posted a roundup of the latest 10-inch netbooks. They tested six netbooks including the Acer Aspire One 10-inch, Asus Eee PC 1000HE, HP Mini 1000, Lenovo IdeaPad S10, MSI Wind U120 and Samsung NC10.

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Laptop Magazine has just posted a roundup of the latest 10-inch netbooks. They tested six netbooks including the Acer Aspire One 10-inch, Asus Eee PC 1000HE, HP Mini 1000, Lenovo IdeaPad S10, MSI Wind U120 and Samsung NC10. Prices range from around $350 for most models to around $450 for the Samsung NC10.

There's not a whole lot to say about performance since all six use the same Intel Atom processor and chipset (a pretty good argument for some competition from Nvidia or elsewhere to shake things up). All of them were able to handle "standard-resolution video, multitask, video-conference and even play World of Warcraft (at low frame rates) reasonably well." The HP Mini 1000 lagged behind on few tests because it has slower, 4,200rpm hard drive (the rest have 5,400rpm drives), but it basically boils down to design and battery life.

Despite larger displays, the Acer Aspire One, HP Mini 1000 and MSI Wind U120 have identical keyboards to older models. (In the case of the HP Mini, that's a good thing since it still has one of the best netbook keyboards, though many reviewers complain about the unorthodox placement of the touchpad buttons.) The Asus Eee PC 1000HE, which has a new, and much-improved keyboard, and the Samsung NC10 got top marks for overall design, followed by the Lenovo IdeaPad S10.

The HP Mini 1000 and IdeaPad S10 have three-cell batteries, landing them at the bottom of the pile with less than 3 hours of life. The rest have six-cell batteries that lasted anywhere from 4.5 hours (MSI Wind U120 and Acer Aspire One) to more than 7 hours (Asus Eee PC 1000HE).

The overall winners were the Asus Eee PC 1000HE and the Acer Aspire One--two brands that already dominate the netbook category. The big surprise? The popular HP Mini came in dead last. Sure, the keyboard is great, but the slow hard drive, fewer ports, and a 3-cell battery are big minuses. Both the HP Mini and the MSI Wind are in sore need of updates.

Meanwhile, Dell is set to bring some new competition to this category. The company has just started taking orders for its Inspiron Mini 10, which starts at $400. The site lists a ship date of April 2.

Topics: Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility

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  • Consider the screen

    We recently purchased a netbook for one of your field workers, mainly to be used for a GIS/GPS application. One of our primary considerations was for a screen that could be read outdoors, which eliminated the glossy screen models from consideration. It took considerable research to find that most models come with glossy screens, just like most laptops today. In the end, we purchased one of the Asus Eeepc models and have been impressed with its build quality and battery performance. Over the next year we will be purchasing more netbooks, both for field use and as a portable compliment to desktop computers. I also have a need for a portable training lab, and a few of these might meet that need quite nicely. When not being used for training, they could be checked out to users for traveling or work at home situations.
    itpro_z
  • RE: Who's got the top 10-inch netbook?

    Having owned a few different types of netbooks (Lenovo S10, Acer Aspire One 8.9" screen, HP 2133 and the Samsung NC10) here are my likes and dislikes.

    Lenovo S10 - Liked the style and easy to upgrade. Disliked the keyboard, keys were too small, right shift key is oddly placed

    Acer Aspire One - Liked style and keyboard. Disliked how hard it was to upgrade.

    HP Mini 2133 - great styling, great keyboard, did not mind the trackpad buttons. Disliked the slow processor and squatty screen.

    Samsung NC10 - currently own this unit. Great screen, keyboard, styling. The only dislike I have about this unit is you have to open unit to upgrade hard drive. Paid a little more for this unit but I think it was worth it.
    bugs1022
  • RE: Who's got the top 10-inch netbook?

    I thought the Asus had the Atom 280 CPU which results in a 25% faster bus speed. The balance of the units use the Atom 270.

    Please correct me if I'm mistaken as my next netbook will be the Asus.
    marshall.thompson@...
  • Yes, he was wrong about the processor!

    I just got the new Asus 1000HE. Yes, the reviewer is wrong; it has the Atom 280 CPU. He also failed to differentiate the touch pad from the inferior Acer. The Acer has small 'mouse' keys on the left/right, which are very impractical to use. The Asus has them at the bottom, and also has advanced two-touch scrolling, which is a big plus.
    agent511
    • ASUS, OF COURSE

      Thanks...would you be willing to say where you bought the Asus from?

      I understand what you are saying about the Acer but it is still second best.
      marshall.thompson@...
  • RE: Who's got the top 10-inch netbook?

    For the last year or so I've been watching this netbook
    "fad" gain more and more momentum until finally I had to
    find out what all the buzz was about. So I found a Lenovo
    S10 for $300.00 on sale (Pink) and started playing with it.

    I was impressed. I was expecting a slow and clunky thing
    that would best be described as a large PDA. I couldn't be
    more wrong. It is a laptop replacement for nearly all tasks.

    Then I thought, how would Windows 7 beta run on it? I
    installed Windows 7 in 45 minutes (WOW) and it is now the
    primary OS on the netbook. It's fast and stable and once I
    added Safari 4 it's like a little rocket. Too bad ABC doesn't
    make their video viewer recognize Windows 7, I couldn't
    test it's ability to stream video from ABC, but NBC streams
    just fine. So now I have a pocket video player and Office
    2007 field productivity appliance.
    clarnT
  • Did your answer the question the title poses?

    "The overall winners were the Asus Eee PC 1000HE and the Acer Aspire One ..."

    Okay, you got that far. Now, how about picking just one.
    softwareFlunky