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Best Mini Notebook PCs on the market

Updated on October 9, 2010

Mini Notebook Laptop

Mini Laptop Notebooks

The past few months have seen a massive rise in the sale of Mini Laptops, Notebooks or as they are becoming better known Net books.

These miniturised computers, are designed to revolutionise the use of computers when we are on the move. but do these computers offer a real alternative to larger more expensive Notebooks?

What exactly is a Mini Notebook, Ultra portable laptops have been around for a long time but they were very expensive because of the cost of producing the technology to run them, there are still many of them on the market but they are best suited to business users who have money to burn.

Mini Notebooks on the other hand have been developed using low-power processors which are much cheaper than in the past, they are very small in size the screens measuring between 7-10 inches diagonally, the smaller screens have a lower resolution than that of most notebooks but the mini's with 9 or 10 inch screens have displays with a higher resolution.

With so many Mini notebooks on the market finding the best one to suit your needs can be a difficult task.

Below you will find three of the best Mini Notebooks available my views on each of them.


ASUS Eee PC100.

Acer Aspire One.

For their small size each of these mini's really pack a punch.


MSI Wind U100-053US 10-Inch Mini Laptop

MSI Wind

The MS1 Wind's chassis, unlike many other mini notebooks, is large enough to accommodate a larger Keyboard, it has a 10 inch Matte display consisting of 1,024 x 600 pixels the display is clear and bright and suffers from very little glare or reflections. it uses a 1.6GHz Atom Processor and 1GB of main memory, which makes this a speed machine, they come supplied with an 80GB hard disk but you can have a larger hard disk for a little more money, and it comes supplied with Windows XP but they are also are available Linux versions.

For a mini PC, The MSI Wind can stand toe to toe against even the bigger Notebooks on the Market.

For a more detailed review of the MSI Wind click here

ASUS Eee PC 1000

ASUS Eee PC 1000

The latest Eee PC has a 10 inch screen, which gives it a lot more room for the new larger keyboard, it comes with a 6 cell battery which makes it great for a few hours working, even when connected to a wireless network, powered by the 1.6GHz Atom processor it has 1GB of main memory and they come with a 40 GB hard drive which can be upgraded to 160GB, Windows Xp is included in the package.

This is a great little pc if you are on the move with work or even for pleasure.

More detailed review of the Asus Eee here

Acer Aspire One

Acer Aspire One

The Acer is the smartest looking of the bunch, with a white case and a shiny black bezel around the 9 inch screen, instead of a hard disk though it uses an 8GB memory chip, which can be easily extended using one of the 2 memory card readers, it is available in Windows XP but it also comes with a Linux version and it comes fitted with 512 MB of memory.

This mini is Ideal for your travels and is a cheap alternative but without skimping on power quality or looks.

Click here for a more detailed review


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      mrcheaplaptops 8 years ago

      Thank you very much Can you compare with Asus eee.

      Thank you again.

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      ilaudin 8 years ago

      This is an informative site.


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      sunforged 8 years ago from

      Good research, I was surprised to see these things have such a low price tag now, plus expandable to 160 gb, that's awesome.

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      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Jimmy, thanks for answering my question. I appreciate it.

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      James Paterson 8 years ago from Scotland

      Hi gwendymom because they are small and compact I am afraid to say the keyboards are in line with their size and the keys are close together.....jimmy

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      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      sorry, hit post twice, but since I've had to change this, good job and nice research.

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      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Jimmy, I was wondering how easy they are to use for typing/writing. I have had a hard time getting used to using a laptop/notebook for typing because they keys are so close tohether and was wondering if the keys are also close together one these mini notebooks?

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      James Paterson 8 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks lissie and hot dorkage, they are great lizzie and the price makes them even better, Macbook will never go out of fashion Hot dorkage every thing they do just seems to be spot on.....jimmy

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      hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

      wow, I still want a Macbook air tho

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I just bought a eeePC review - and its so cool I think I will have to review it! I ddin't buy the current model though: the original 7g was on special for A$300 (the new eeePc is A$500): lightening fast, surprisingly good screen and its linux so it boots up so fast ! I think I might have to review it!

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      sceptic 8 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      This is an awsome product!

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      James Paterson 8 years ago from Scotland

      thanks for your comments guys , these mini laptops are fantastic and at a fraction of the price of a "normal" laptop there is a bright future ahead for them.....jimmy

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      I'm glad you wrote this Hub , because I never heard of these products previously. Thumbs Up!

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      James Paterson 8 years ago from Scotland

      Julie-Ann Amos most of the mini ranges come with the ability to play dvds just ask any vendor that it is a must for you in the package.....jimmy

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      Carlosweb 8 years ago from USA

      Good, I will buy one.

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      Starscream14 8 years ago

      I didn't know that mini notebooks are so cheap! Thanks a lot for your hub ;)

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Hi - am just about to buy one of these. I don't suppose you know of one that's 10 inches or less and can actually play DVDs for me as well (excluding my other half hahaha)