Netbooks have evolved quite someway since they were first introduced. Starting out with small low resolution screen, and seriously under powered, they have slowly become larger and more powerful.
While the most common form factor for a netbook is still 10.1-inches with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, many people find this size a little too cramped and limiting.
When Acer first introduced their 11.6-inch Aspire One AO722 netbook, it was an immediate hit, and it has constantly grown in popularity to become the proud owner of the number one spot.
With the Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon have achieved what many thought impossible. They have produced and released a high quality, powerful tablet at less than half the price of the leading tablet.
With many people not willing to fork out $500 for an Apple iPad 2 tablet, but also not wanting to by a cheap low quality tablet, Amazon have come to the rescue offering an ultra affordable tablet ($199), which is far from “cheap” in any means.
The Kindle Fire also offers a huge advantage over all other tablets currently on the market, by offering integrated access to Amazon’s vast collection of digital film, tv, music, magazine and book services.
Although the Kindle Fire keeps the “Kindle” name from their highly successful range of ebook readers, the Kindle Fire is less Kindle / ebook reader and more so pure tablet.
The Samsung N230 is the latest 10.1-inch netbook offering from Samsung.
It builds on the success of their popular N210 / N220 netbooks, and has only been available for a very short while. My Samsung N210 review was very popular with over 65,000 views and 100 comments, and is currently my netbook of choice, so I have very high hopes for Samsung’s latest ultra sleek model.
When the Samsung N230 was first announced, on paper it didn’t sound anything too special, with most of its specifications remaining the same as in the previous N210 / N220 model, with the Same Intel Atom N450 processor. But when we first clapped eyes on the photos of the N230 it became clear that the N230 was indeed a special netbook.
The Acer Aspire One 532h was announced at the start of the year and has been available for a number of months now.
It is currently one of Acer’s best selling netbooks on the market today, and after spending some time with it, it is easy to see why it is so popular.
The 10.1-inch netbook is available in a number of colors (blue, silver and red), is very thin and light and is also very well priced.
The Acer 532h is powered by the now common Intel Atom N450 1.6GHz processor, while this processor doesn’t offer any performance boots compared to the previous generation, it does use less power, resulting in longer run times and cooler operation.
The Asus SDRW-08D1S-U USB 2.0 external DVD writer is currently, and has been the #1 best selling external DVD writer for netbooks since its release.
It also sits right at the top of our best selling netbook accessories page, making it a more popular buy than netbook RAM upgrades or cases.
This of course comes of little surprise considering netbooks do not feature an optical drive.
The Asus Eee PC 1008P-KR is one of the latest Eee PC netbooks from Asus featuring the newest Intel Atom N450 processor. It’s their top of the range 10-inch Eee PC, which builds on the 1008HA from last year and features a very impressive and unique design from Karim Rashid.
I must admit when I first saw the press photos of the Asus 1008P-KR with its unusual design, I wasn’t overly impressed, but this view has completely changed around 180 degrees since getting my hands on it. In person it looks and feels great (both closed and open) and has extremely high build quality throughout.
The Asus Eee PC 1005PE and the Samsung N210 are two of the most popular netbooks on the market today.
In many ways they are very similar, they both have a 10.1-inch LCD with a 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and are powered by the Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor.
I have reviewed both the Samsung N210 and the Asus Eee PC 1005PE separately, but as I had both at the same time I thought it would be useful to make a comparison of the two.
The best selling, most popular netbook of 2009 was almost without question, the Asus Eee PC 1005HA. And while it was released last year it still remains a very popular netbook today.
Now Asus is back with the Asus Eee PC 1005PE (and 1005P) netbook. Asus have taken the 1005HA and improved it for 2010 by using the latest generation Intel Atom N450 processor. They have kept the same winning “Seashell” design for the Asus 1005PE, but it’s new, more energy efficient hardware is easier on the battery, leading to even longer run times.
The Samsung N210 is one of the latest 10.1-inch netbooks announced by Samsung at the start of this year. Like the majority of the new netbooks this year it uses the new Intel Atom N450 processor, which while it doesn’t offer any performance boosts, it has a lower power consumption, offering longer battery life.
The N210 model comes above the N150 / NB30 models, and features a longer 11.2 hours of run time. It is identical to the slightly more expensive N220 models, with the N220 models having a colored lid (Red / Black, or Green / Black), as opposed to a black / white only.