Which netbook would I choose today?

Updated on 11 November 2019 by

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 Feels outdated now!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.

22 Comments For This Post

  1. sicarius says:

    Previous experience with Acer build quality and their service was plain rubbish. Let’s hope they’ve bettered their life.

  2. ecsk2 says:

    Thanks for this! :)

    Though I do somewhat regret getting the $150 more (I paid $99 more) 20G EEE vs, the 16G model, I have NOT noticed any problems with the split SSD at all, installed the full XP on the C: did a few clicks and had the D: ready to go, and just have made sure to install all additional prgs to D:

    I see you have “No bluetooth” mentioned on several models there, so which *DO* come with BT ?

  3. ecsk2 says:

    I will confess that I am again (it’s like I’ve been there over and over again and “come back” from Sony UX, OQO 01, 01+ and 02) considering getting a “full power” laptop and something that would fit my pocket and could do more than my current “smart phone” I carry around (one in my left pocket for typing on the Sidekick LX and one in my right pocket for better screen and media UI, the iPhone.)

    Leaning towards considering the Mac Air w/SSD but just can’t justify the prices! Alternatively I would settle for a type HP Mininote, if we could loose some of it’s cons, such as weight etc.

    Oh btw you don’t mention much about battery times between the models above, that one of the KEY requirements for me to have like 4-6hrs of batter time.

  4. Charles says:

    The MacBook Air SSD just dropped in price $500. Look at it again.

  5. Richard says:

    I’m leaning towards the Linux 8Gb SSD version of the Acer as it’s a great price.
    I don’t need the bluetooth personally.
    My only concern is I can’t get a 1Gb RAM version without stepping up to the HDD instead of the SSD.
    Anyone know if the Acer has a two year warranty like the MSI Wind? (which would be my second choice)

  6. turn.self.off says:

    im split 3 ways between the acer, the dell and the gigabyte.

    i must say that i love the acer for its dual SD slots.

    btw, i was not aware that the gigabyte one would get a expresscard slot. now thats something!

  7. THE_K1NGsTER says:

    I have been avidly looking into all of the netbooks since college went out this past year. My brother had a eee 701 which was a great machine, but its too outdated now. As your comments go Chippy, this is the exact way i would rank them as well. Although i have no interest in either the ECS or Gigabyte machines.

    My top would be the aspire one linux,80gb hdd, 1gb ram. Next would be the EEE PC 901 linux,20gb linux model. Im waiting to see what dell actually decides to say about pricing on the E video and E video+(they may be key players).

    I just hope that the battery on the aspire one is not the crappy 3 cell when it arrives in the US. A good battery life is key on these machines. Im gonna wait until school starts again right at the beginning of august and hopefully all of the specs and pricing will be final for all machines in the US at that time.

  8. joe says:

    ok i like that BUT…. how about the same for UMPC :-) Love the review waited a log time for a review like this…
    keep up the good work

  9. Traveller says:

    what do u think about the kohjinsha sx3?
    it have a touch screen and a good resolution on the 8.9″ screen,DVD! and 1.3 intel CPU ,battery life is good aprox 4hours and there is extended battery for longer use.
    The weight is a little big 1.2K, but isn’t it the better choise today?

  10. Ctitanic says:

    Steve, get a P1620! ;) :D

  11. swimsfast99 says:

    The biggest thing is obviously availablility. Even when these laptops have supposivly launched there is a delay. I first thought that I would only have to wait till June to make a decision but since none of them are even available to buy yet it seems like the wait is going to be much longer.

  12. Aristobule says:

    hey chippy what will you use for mobile net between Gigabyte M704 and Acer Aspire ?

  13. John says:

    I agree with Chippy. Acer’s design offers a good sized keyboard while still being compact. Now if HP could add a couple more inches on their screen and a good processor to increase battery life and reduce heat, then that would be an awesome machine…

  14. Ricardo says:

    Agree with your choices, but I would choose linux instead. That way I would have extra 8GB in case of the eee 901 for the same price and a better overall OS.

  15. Richard says:

    Oooh, play.com have more Aspire One’s now.
    There’s a variety of configs available that were not there the other day.

    Linux and XP with variety of RAM and HD/SSD combos.
    Not the one I’d like (yet) though, 1Gb RAM and 8GB SSD with Linux. :(


  16. junianto m says:

    msi wind u90 or eeepc 904

  17. Futurize Korea says:

    If the Dell release is about a month away, I think I’m going to hold off a little longer before deciding.

    I was leaning towards a larger Asus/MSI 10-inch model, but if Dell has a better keyboard on the 8.9-inch then I think the portability factor would trump the other netbooks.

    I would rather have a nice looking device then a bloated scientific calculator. :)

  18. Ricardo says:

    Just read at eee-pc.de that the asus eee 903 was renamed to 900A, possibly it will be an eee 900 with atom processor. Also, maybe a better looking 901..

  19. ecsk2 says:

    Where did half of the comments go???

  20. chippy says:

    ecsk2. Details?

  21. ecsk2 says:

    Never mind, it was in the Dell E section not here :)

  22. Hallman Abiba says:

    What do you give a lady so sweet? Who makes my existence so complete.Should She get a Long-stemmed Rose?

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