Those thinking about purchasing a tablet should also consider netbook computers. Netbook computers are basically stripped down versions of full size laptops with smaller screens and no optical drives. Aside from being light and portable, netbook computers are usually more attractively priced than tablets or laptops.
- Gateway LT2712u Netbook. This sub-$200 netbook is as barebones as it can get. It runs on the Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz single core processor and has 1GB of RAM. It sports a 10.1” screen and includes a built-in 0.3MP webcam with a microphone. Installed is the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter. Like most basic netbooks, it is powered by an unimpressive but adequate, 3-cell lithium-ion battery.
- Acer Aspire One AOD255-2256. Another budget netbook computer, this Acer Aspire netbook also features a 10.1” LED backlit display, an older Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor and has 1GB of RAM. The Acer Aspire One AOD255-2256 is pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Stater and Microsoft Office Stater 2010. It comes in a variety of colors to suit your personality. This particular model is the “Ruby Red” colored edition which definitely makes it stand out. This netbook sells for around $250.
- Toshiba Mini NB305-N600. Those who need a little more power should give this offering from Toshiba a closer look. The Toshiba Mini NB305-N600 has a faster Intel Atom N550 CPU. It is a dual core processor that runs up to 1.5GHz per core. This netbook also has a lot more juice. It is equipped with a 6-cell lithium-ion battery pack that has double the capacity of most standard netbooks. Selling for around $300 it is definitely priced higher than entry-level netbooks.
- Asus Eee PC 1015PX-MU17. Asus pretty much kick started the netbook phenomenon. The Asus Eee PC 1015PX-MU17 is another quality product that boasts of an Intel Atom N570 1.66GHz dual core processor. The 6-cell battery is rated for up to 10 hours of use when used with the most efficient power settings. Running on Windows 7 Starter, it also comes with Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash and Microsoft Office 2010 Starter. The netbook retails for around $330.
- Lenovo IdeaPad Netbook Tablet. Those still torn between a netbook and a tablet must seriously consider the Lenovo IdeaPad Netbook Tablet. Running on an Intel Atom N455 processor with 1GB of memory, this netbook transforms into tablet by simply flipping the screen around and closing the lid on the keyboard. As a tablet, it also features a quality touch screen for easy navigation. It is a little on the expensive side, selling for about $530.