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The Emachines Em250 Netbook - The Perfect Cheap Netbook

Updated on April 16, 2010
eMachines eM250 Netbook
eMachines eM250 Netbook

I recently purchased a wonderful little Emachines Em250 Netbook for my sister. I was looking to buy a laptop for her because we used to share one that we purchased from Dell a few years ago but we realized that it was time that we had our own computer systems.

The Reason For The New Netbook

I tend to use our laptop the majority of the time and my sister, who is a very patient person, only gets to use the computer when I am away for the day.

The solution was to buy a computer for her own sole use. We discussed all the things she needed from a laptop and we realized that a small and efficient netbook would do the job.

My sister likes to use the computer in order to surf the web, do some online shopping and also buy and sell things on Ebay. She also likes to watch videos on Youtube and speak to friends living abroad via the webcam.

Difference Between A Laptop and A Netbook

The major difference that I could see between a standard laptop and a netbook is the fact that the former has a CD/DVD drive and a much larger memory.  The latter doesn’t. This is one of the factors that can make this the cheaper alternative.

The other thing is that the screen will be a little bit smaller on a netbook.  This will also be the case for the keyboard. 

Once we realised that it wasn’t necessary to buy a computer that had a DVD drive (my sister never watches DVDs on the computer now so why would she need to on the new one), we saw that this took around £200 off the asking price.

As I was the one doing all the research for this new purchase I started to compare and contrast what you could actually buy for around £200 - £300 pounds.  I was pleasantly surprised at the range that was available.

One of the major factors that will bring down the price of a netbook is if you are willing to buy a product or a brand that is not a household name.  Laptops, computers and netbooks from the likes of, for example Dell and Toshiba or Hewlett Packard will naturally come with a premium because the better known a product brand is the more willing people are to trust in it.  This can then add a few extra pounds that may not be that necessary to spend.

In the end I found the perfect little netbook for my sister. It is an eMachines Em250 Netbook. It has a 1GB RAM along with a 160GB hard drive. This is more than enough space for what she needs to do.

The screen measures 10 inches and is compact enough to take from place to place with ease.

The battery life is excellent on this little model and it weighs next to nothing. When it arrived at our house I was a little envious of her new little gadget. I have to say that I am glad to have found a bargain that I was able to buy for under £200.

Similar models include the Acer netbooks.  These are actually owned by the same company that makes the eMachines but are manufactured under the different brand names.

So now I can continue trying to make money online with the laptop without feeling like I am stopping my sister from doing her own thing. Happy Days.


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    Victoria Virgo 7 years ago from London, UK

    @ Hey there Hello, hello - Sometimes the lesser known products end up being just a good as the really commercial ones, which is great for people on a budget.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    I have never heard of them. Thank you for a good advice.