In straight words, here’s my thoughts on the netbooks available at the moment. I’m not in the market for one but here’s what I’d consider if I was. Remember, these are personal opinions! Bluetooth, Windows XP, best-in-class size, weight and battery life would be at the top of my list. I also want something that looks nice, not just functional.
- Eee PC 701. Screen res too small. Doesn’t look good enough. Feels outdated now!
- Eee PC 900. Wouldn’t choose any of the versions with split flash. 16G version is a possibility. No Bluetooth would cause me problems. Slow SSD is a no-no.
- Eee PC 901. Battery life figures impress me. I like the look. Not an option for me if it has the split, slow SSD like the 900. Will wait for JKK opinion on upgrade (3G) possibilities. Price could be steep.
- Eee PC 1000. too big. Too heavy.
- MSI Wind. Too big. Too heavy. Sub 1KG and tight case around an 8.9″ 1024×600 screen is where it’s at.
- Acer Aspire One. Stylish. Good size, weight. 6-cell good. Where’s the Bluetoooth?
- HP Mininote. Stylish but too big and heavy. VIA C7 has an ‘old technology’ label in my head that I can’t get rid of.
- ECS G10L. Unknown quantity due to lack of info.
- Dell E. Reduced keyboard but stylish. Good brand. With Bluetooth could be at the top of my list. No confirmed details means its an unknown quantity
- Gigabyte M912. Interesting option due to ExpressCard/34 and touch. Pricing unknown. [*update below]
Top Choices today:
- ASUS Eee PC 901. Black. 12G XP. 6-cell. $599
- Acer Aspire. A150, 80GB XP. 6-cell + Mini BT dongle. Around $550 (est.)
Dell E, ECS G10L and Gigabyte M912 could be in the list but aren’t available to order right now. This could all change in a few hours as I’m waiting for the first Euro reseller pricing on the M912!
Update: M912 Pricing is now in and it takes the device into my top netbooks list.