Best Netbooks And Mini Laptops – The Top 10


Looking for the best netbook but don’t know where to start? Start here! We collect expert reviews and customer feedback for every netbooks and mini laptops available on the market. We then analyze these reviews and rank them according to specific criteria we have developed for this purpose.

Below are the top 10 regular netbooks and multimedia-capable mini laptops that we recommend.


The 5 Best Netbooks For General Computing

Toshiba-Mini-NB305

Toshiba Mini NB305

Display Size10.1-inch
CPU1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual Core
RAM1 GB DDR3
Hard Drive250GB (accelerometer-protected)
GraphicsIntel GMA 3150
Max Battery Life8.5 hours

The Toshiba Mini NB305 has a 10.1-inch screen with a dual core Intel Atom N550 CPU, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and integrated graphic chipset. You will get decent performance from this netbook for daily computing tasks such as web surfing, checking email, document processing, etc.. but not for demanding like Full HD video streaming, video editing, or serious gaming.

While the Toshiba NB305 isn't best performer in terms of processing capability, it's second to none when it comes to ergonomic experience. Both its metal island-style keyboard and large touchpad are among the best we've seen. Also its battery life last for 8.5 hours under normal usage, which is one of the best in the market.

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Samsung NF310

Samsung NF310

Display Size10.1-inch
CPU1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual Core
RAM1 GB DDR3
Hard Drive250GB
GraphicsIntel GMA 3150
Max Battery Life9.4 hours

The Samsung NF310 is a 10.1-inch netbook with special wave design which gives it a distinctive look. Performance wise, it's similar to its 2 competitors, the Eee PC 1015PEM and Aspire One D255, which offers great porformance for web browsing, document processing, and doing most of the tasks you generally do on a computer, but not for CPU-heavy tasks like gaming and video editing.

Its 6 hours battery life is shorter than its competitors, and $399 price tag is higher than other netbooks of its class. However, it boasts a modern-looking design, a 1366 x 768 high-resolution display, excellent quality stereo speakers, and Fast Start Technology (instant recovery from sleep mode), which are not found on its competitors.

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Asus Eee PC 1015PEM

Display Size10.1-inch
CPU1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual Core
RAM1 GB DDR3
Hard Drive250GB + 500GB Free Web Storage
GraphicsIntel GMA 3150
Max Battery Life13 hours

The Asus Eee PC 1015PEM is one of the first 10.1-inch netbook on the market to come with the dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor. While it's still not capable of multimedia tasks like gaming and HD video streaming, its overall performance is definitely better than the single core netbooks. Also, you get over 8 hours of battery life and a very stylish design from this netbook, for just slightly higher price than its single-core cousins. If you are looking for a netbook for general computing tasks, the Eee PC 1015PEM is highly recommended!

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Acer Aspire One 522

Asus Eee PC 1015PEM

With AMD Ontario APU, the Acer Aspire One 522 delivers much better overall performance than most Atom netbooks currently available on the market.

Its 6-cell battery provides 4 to 5.5 hours of battery life which is pretty average, but for $329.99, there's no doubt that it is one of the "best bang for your money" netbook.

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Acer Aspire AOD260-1270

Acer Aspire One D260

Display Size10.1-inch
CPU1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550
RAM2 GB DDR3
Hard Drive320GB
GraphicsIntel GMA 3150
Max Battery Life8 hours

The Acer Aspire One D260 is a 10-inch netbook with strong performance and decent battery life. It offers better specs than most of the typical 10-inch netbooks out there. In addition to a dual core CPU, it also comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, and Windows 7 Home Premium, all of which are normally not found on other netbooks be default. With all the bells and whistles already built in, you dont't have to upgrade anything with this netbook. And for only $358, it definitely offers great bang for your buck.

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The 5 Best Multimedia-Capable Mini Laptops

Acer Aspire One D260

The Eee PC 1215N is the latest 12.1-inch netbook from Asus. The greatest improvement of this netbook compared to its predecessor (1201N) is that it has the Nvidia ION 2 graphic chip with Optimus technology which helps to prolong battery life by automatically switch between integrated and discrete GPU. In terms of processing power, the 1215N features a dual core Intel Atom N525 CPU which puts it somewhere between the performance level of a single-core Atom netbook and a CULV notebook. The combination of Nvidia ION 2 and Atom N525 CPU gives this netbook a strong performance as well as great battery life. Streaming 1080p videos from YouTube, which most netbooks on the market can't handle well due to limited processing power, is not a problem for the 1215N.

With its superb netbook performance and excellent battery life, the $499 (MSRP) ASUS Eee PC 1215N provides the best bang for the buck compared to other netbooks / ultraportables at this price range.

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Asus Eee Pc 1015PN

Acer Aspire One D260

The Asus Eee PC 1015PN is the first 10.1-inch netbook to feature the Nvidia ION 2 GPU (8-core version). It gets much better graphic performance than those netbooks with integrated graphic chipset, but not as good as the 1215N which has a 16-core version of ION 2. Other specs of this netbook is exactly the same as the Eee PC 1015PEM, which includes a dual core Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, and a 6-cell battery which provides up to 7.3 hours of battery life when used at the integrated graphic mode.

If you are looking for a 10.1-inch netbook that's capable of playing high definition movie, the Eee PC 1015PN is possibly the best you can get. The only drawback of this netbook is that it comes with Windows 7 Starter which disable the Optimus feature of the ION 2. Our recommendation is to get it with the Windows Anytime Upgrade so that you can enjoy the Optimus feature.

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Acer Aspire One D260

The Acer Aspire One 721 is an 11.6-inch netbook equipped with an AMD Athlon II Neo K125 CPU and ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics. You will get a pretty good processing power (for a netbook) from this unique combination, but its 4 to 5 hours of battery life is relatively shorter than most Atom-based netbooks on the market.

At $430 MSRP though, the Aspire One 721 is one of the cheapest multimedia netbook that pack more performance than regular netbooks and budget ultraportables. If battery life isn't a major concern for you, you might consider picking up this incredibly affordable and portable mini laptop and keeping an eye out for a bargain on a spare battery.

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Acer Aspire One 521

Display Size10.1-inch
CPU1.7 AMD Athlon II Neo Processor K125
RAM1 GB DDR3
Hard Drive250GB HDD
GraphicsATI Radeon HD 4225
Max Battery Life5.5 hours

At the time I am writing this review analysis, the Acer Aspire One 521 is still one of the most powerful 10-inch netbook on the market. If you are in the market of netbook, you should know that almost all existing 10-inch netbook has a specs that combines Intel Atom processor with integrated GMA3150 graphic chips. This combination works perfectly fine for normal computing tasks but not for gaming or high-def videos playback. The Acer Aspire One 521 which runs on AMD 1.7GHz Athlon II Neo K125 processor and ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics performs way better than those Atom powered netbooks, and promises 1080p playback thanks to ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics.

Shortter battery life however is the biggest drawback of this netbook. Under normal usage, it last for almost 5 hours, which is shorter than most Atom-based netbooks such as the Eee PC 1015PED and Toshiba NB305 which lasts for more than 8 hours from a sigle charge. For MSRP of $349 though, this netbook is a very attractive choice especially when battery life is not a main concern for you.

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