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Popular Mini Laptop Computers

Updated on January 4, 2011

If you haven't considered buying a mini laptop maybe it's time that you did since they offer excellent computing power, ultra portability and all at an inexpensive price. Some of the more popular models are presented below to help you wade through all the units available on the market.

Acer Aspire One 10.1 Netbook

Acer's bestselling netbook has a 1.6 Ghz N270 Intel Atom processor which is single core but has excellent performance and the fact that the unit comes with Windows XP installed it can seem to run as well as any Core 2 Duo that is running Vista. The screen is 1024x600 CrystalBright but it is quite comfortable to read. It also comes with a webcam and microphone both embedded in the screen frame.

It also has 1 GB of RAM, but that can be upgraded, and comes with an excellent size Hitachi 160 GB 5400 rpm hard drive. 

Even though it is not the best-equipped mini laptop computer, nor has it the best design among its peers its unbeatable price ranks it the best selling unit on the market.


The Asus N10Jc-A1 is the one mini laptop pc that does not conform to the usual blueprint for netbooks. This unit is a bit bulkier than some of its other counterparts but that is because it contains dual graphics and more ports than the normal netbook. It also has a six-cell battery and that leads to a mini laptop that is slightly heavier at 3.5 pounds. 

This unit has the best features of all netbooks on the market. It has an HDMI-out port as well as VGA-out. This machine is also the first to have two video options for screening content. It also has a fingerprint reader. 

But all these extra features come at a cost since this netbook comes in at above $600.


This is another excellent performer on the market and the first netbook to have the Intel Atom N280 processor. An amazing feature is the 8 hours of battery life but it does come at a slight cost of a little extra weight, coming in at 3.2 pounds. 

It has the usual 10-inch screen but it comes with a larger, more comfortable keyboard that is 92 % the size of regular keyboards. The hard drive comes in at a generous 160 GB plus you get an extra 10 GB Eee online storage.

It picks up wireless networks easily and the internet speeds transfer very well. The setup of the unit is very easy and takes no time at all to configure Windows and the wireless network. 

Another bonus, besides the excellent price for all the enhancements to this unit, is the built in Bluetooth. This unit is excellent value for money.

Toshiba NB205

The Toshiba NB205 is also a great unit coming with the Intel Atom N280 1.66 GHz Processor, 1 GB DDR2 RAM and a 160 GB  hard drive with an impact sensor that protects your data. But the real differentiating points versus other mini laptops start with an excellent full size keyboard, a larger trackpad and a battery that ran for 8.5 hours running movies and web surfing.

Basically the unit will last you the whole day without having to search for a power outlet in desperation.

Not only is the keyboard full size but it also features a larger trackpad and buttons than any other netbook. The keys are spaced perfectly and have a smooth texture so in conclusion gone are the days of cramped fingers and hands. 

The aesthetics are quite amazing as well with a brilliant high-gloss finish. 

The New Netbook/Notebook from Asus


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