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Top 5 Netbooks For Under $500

by Logan Cooke | January 26, 2011January 26, 2011 5:30 pm PDT

Well, it seems that despite my hatred for them, Netbooks are a raving hit. I remember holding the first EEEPC 7” running a crappy version of Linux and a 900Mhz Celeron. Now, Netbooks are running Windows 7 and have dual-core processors with NVIDIA graphics. Considering their popularity, it is not a surprise that every company (computer manufacturer or not) has a netbook available. I have tested many, and with some helpful feedback have compiled the Top 5 Netbooks available right now.

5. Sony VAIO M

Sony is usually not a company that puts out high-value/low price computers. The M series is an exception. Featuring good build quality, a 1.83Ghz Atom, an LED backlit screen and Windows 7, this Netbook brings a lot of positives. Battery life is great and for $400, is a good value.

4. Lenovo S10-3T

This is not your average netbook. Featuring a 10-inch capacitive touch screen, this tablet has some really cool features for a cool price. The touch screen is responsive and easy to use. Coupled with Windows 7, this netbook may be the most versatile tablet around. It comes with your standard netbook specs inside (1.66 Atom/1GB/250 GB and Intel GMA 3150 Graphics). The battery life is not great, but it is more than what can be expected for a tablet. For a shade under $500, this is a much better deal then the iPad or Galaxy Tab and is a good netbook.

3. MSI Wind U160-412US

The MSI Wind has been around almost as long as the EEE PC. They’re the best value in netbooks, with their only problem being longevity. The U160 is a great buy with a 1.66Ghz Atom, USB 3, Bluetooth and a 250Gb HD. Plus, the battery life is fantastic (7+ hours). For $299, it is the cheapest netbook on our list.

2. Asus EEE PC 1215t

Asus was the flagship netbook, and they continue to lead the way. The 1215t has a 1.7Ghz AMD Neo Processor, a 12.1-inch screen, ATI Radeon HD 4250 and battery life coming in at six hours. Take all of this and factor in that you can get this on sale for around $400, and this one is a keeper.

1.Asus EEE PC 1015PN

The Asus EEE PC line turns out more versions of netbooks then any other company. Out of all the versions, the 1015PN is not only the best Asus netbook, but in my opinion the best netbook overall. The 1015PN comes with a dual-core 1.5Ghz Atom, 10.1” screen NVIDIA Ion Graphics, 1Gb RAM and a 250GB HD. Plus, 9.5 hours of battery life make this a very portable netbook. For under $400, the 1015PN is a great netbook in a sea of mediocrity.

Netbooks are cheap, lightweight and great for basic tasks. They are not meant to be your main computer, but have a lot to offer for little money.


Logan Cooke

Logan is a nerd. He has been obsessed with technology and cars since he was little. He works with computers everyday, and writes his own technology...

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