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One of the products that have really caught my attention recently are netbooks. I do most of my development on a MacBook but I occasionally would prefer to work on a Linux machine again. They’re pretty tempting little machines for several reasons:

  • price point – $300 to $400
  • Good disk space – 160Gb is enough for a lot of music or movies
  • peppy processor – the typical Intel Atom processor in these is enough to handle 99% of what I need a computer for
  • amazing battery life – some netbooks are rated for 10+ hours of runtime
  • significantly easier to carry around than a full sized notebook

There’s a lot of competition going on right now in the netbook market especially as we gear up for the back to school season. That makes it the perfect time to consider picking up one of these things.

Here are the best ones out there at the moment that I’m considering getting:

Eee PCASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU1X-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 10.5 Hour Battery Life. Eee series by Asus was really what started the netbook market and they’ve managed to maintain their position in the market by continuing to make one of the top netbooks out available. Here’s the specs on this machine:

  • Up to 10.5 Hours of Battery Life and Free Sleeve Case Included
  • Intel Atom N280 Processor 1.66GHz
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1 x SODIMM Slot, 2GB Max; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM) and 10GB Free Eee Storage
  • Windows XP Home Operating System, 10.1-inch WSVGA 1024×600 LCD Display
Acer Aspire OneAcer Aspire One AOD250-1580 10.1-Inch Blue Netbook – 8 Hour Battery Life Acer makes pretty solid machines and this one is nice. One of the nice features on this one is the LED screen which looks really good.

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor
  • 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM Single Channel Memory
  • 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
  • Windows XP Home (SP3), Up to 8 Hours of Battery Life (6-Cell 5200 mAh)
  • 10.1-Inch WSVGA CrystalBrite LED Display, Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
HP miniHP Mini 110-1030NR 10.1-Inch Netbook – 6 Cell Battery HP has made their entry into the netbook market pretty nice and trendy. This one just looks great with the funky design on the lid.

  • Intel Atom Processor N270, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm) (1 GB Maximum)
  • 160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
  • Genuine Windows XP Home edition with Service Pack 3, 6 Cell Battery
  • 10.1 inch Diagonal SD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024×576)

Taking into consideration all these factors I’m really liking the Asus Eee. It’s definitely my top pick. Not just because the specs are good and the battery life is astounding but also because my friends who own that particular one really like it. And at that price it could be an impulse purchase — one that you won’t regret.

PS: When I get mine, I’m deleting Windows XP and putting Ubuntu Netbook Remix on it.