Netbooks have proven to be very popular with consumers, as the price point has dropped to where it’s convenient and affordable for many people to buy a netbook solely for tasks such as checking e-mail and Facebook around the house or when on vacation. With plenty of affordable netbooks under $400, it’s not an either/or situation for consumers when it comes to choosing a desktop PC, laptop, or netbook, but more a both/and situation as more and more people check out netbook reviews and make the leap and purchase one.
Some people believe that you have to sacrifice performance and speed if you purchase a netbook, but the truth is far from that, as most netbooks offer plenty of processing power and punch. You likely won’t want to do any resource-intensive tasks like editing video or playing some high-end games on a netbook but for everyday tasks they’ve got more than enough under the hood. Whether you’re playing at your favorite internet casino, creating and editing spreadsheets, or uploading photos, you’ll find a ton of netbooks that fit the bill perfectly.
Fans of online roulette and other games are especially suited for netbooks, as many online sites offer no-download options that let you access hundreds of casino games from a Web browser, with no software to download or install. Many games also come with a mini-version that is optimized for smaller screens and displays, which is perfect for many netbooks with smaller displays. The lightweight nature of netbooks also make them perfect for online games such as poker, as you can simply take your netbook with you around the house without ever missing a hand.
As far as picking the best netbook for online casino fans, it’s one of those rare cases where they really are no bad options. Whether you buy a Dell, Acer, Asus, or HP netbook you’ll find that nearly every model fits the bill. Most netbooks come with built-in tools for finding and connecting to wireless networks and hotspots, so getting online is a snap as well, and you can be up and running in a matter of minutes and enjoying all your favorite online casino games.
The holidays are fast approaching and deal seekers have already begun searching for laptops and netbooks as gifts for family and friends. Although there are many cheap netbooks and laptops available often times consumers don’t offer better than average reviews for lower end computers. Despite this, there are a couple top rated netbooks and laptops under $400 that are great options for holiday gifts. These include the following:
All of these products have good reviews according to consumers who purchased through amazon.com. They offer great value for the price (under $400) which makes them excellent choices for holiday gifts.
According to the google keyword tool there are approximately 33,100 searches per month for the term “Google Netbook.” Although there is no clear indication that Google will release it’s own Google netbook computer the company has spoken with netbook manufacturers about producing netbooks with the Chrome OS operating system. This begs the question though, with the current demand for Google netbooks will Google consider producing a netbook like it has cell phones?
Although it is unclear whether those searching for “google netbook” are simply looking for a netbook with google chrome OS pre-installed or a netbook produced by Google, there is clearly a demand for Google products in the netbook marketplace. Google did announce earlier this year that they do plan on releasing Chrome OS in the 4th quarter.
As the leading manufacturer of netbooks, Acer also receives 33,100 monthly searches for the term “Acer netbook.” If the leader in the market is receiving the same searches, the demand cannot be ignored. Only the future will tell if Google will one day produce its own netbooks.
The NBP Group recently reported that laptop sales were only down 1% July 2010 and 1% in August 2010. Although netbook and laptop sales have had steady growth in the past, they are far from being phased out by tablet PCs.
It is now clear that Tablet PCs are a strong competitor to netbooks and laptops and are making large strides but they certainly haven’t won the war. With sells holding strong we will likely see netbooks of the future adapt to their new competition and refuel the fire in the war on lightweight portable computers.
One thing is certain, in order for netbook and laptop sales to grow in the future the companies producing them will need to again create a strong demand for their products. Currently, 14% of consumers plan on purchasing a tablet PC compared to 8% that plan on purchasing a netbook or laptop. Although we can’t know for certain the percentage of people in each group that have the means to purchase in the future, it is clear that the tablet PC has a stronger demand.
Both Asus and Acer have produced numerous netbook models to keep potential costumers feeling as though they are getting the latest and greatest netbook. This marketing tactic has awarded both companies as they are currently the top netbook dealers worldwide. Despite this fact they have decided to put a hold on new netbook releases until the middle of August.
The decision to freeze new netbook releases is likely due to the fact the Intel is releasing the Atom N550 dual core processor for netbooks in the third quarter of this year. Asus and Acer need to liquidate excess inventory to make room for future netbooks with the N550 processor.
The faster N550 processor will increase performance but also the cost of the netbooks that carry them. The cost increase will be minimal so current Asus and Acer netbooks with slower processors will be harder to sell. Because of this it doesn’t make much sense for the companies to produce many new netbooks with the slower processors prior to the A550 processor release.
Google and Dell are in communication about Google Chrome OS and the future it plays in computing and possible installation of Google Chrome OS on a Dell netbook. Dell realizes that Chrome OS could very well offer stiff competition to Microsoft Windows and working with Google could benefit them in the next couple years as changes come to the industry.
There has been no official announcement from Dell or Google about a deal but “talks” are underway. If an agreement is reached Dell would be the third manufacturer to build a future netbook with Chrome OS. The other computer manufacturers that plan on releasing netbooks or other computers with Chrome OS are Acer and HP.
Toshiba is set to release new satellite notebooks this Sunday. The new T200 line of notebooks will address common consumer complaints about the satellite 115 and satellite 135 notebooks. The majority of the complaints dealt with physical characteristics of the notebooks rather than performance. The glossy texture was easily scratched and showed smudges clearly. The slick keys were also troublesome for some buyers.
The Toshiba T215 and Toshiba T235 will have less gloss, raised keys, and a larger touchpad. The T215 will come with an 11.6 inch screen and the T235 will feature a 13.3 inch display.
The base price of the Toshiba T215 will be $470.00 and the Toshiba T235’s $550.00.
T215 Specs and Information:
- AMD Athlon II Neo single or dual core processor
- Up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM
- Up to 320 GB HB
- 3.3 lbs
- 11.6″ screen
- HDMI Port
- Built-in Webcam
- Preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium
T235 Specs and Information:
- AMD Athlon II Neo, Turion™ II Neo, or Intel Pentium dual-core processor
- Up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM
- Up to 320 GB HB
- 3.9 lbs
- 13.3″ screen
- HDMI Port
- Built-in Webcam
- Preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium
With the lastest power saving features many netbooks now have a battery life over 10 hours and are still very reasonably priced under $375.
Now that the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU has been out for awhile many customers have reported very good battery life during normal use. One could expect 10 – 12 hours of battery life while consistently using the netbook.
The ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU comes with Windows 7 starter, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 250 GB HD.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook also boasts a long battery life. It’s advertised battery life is 11 hours. Customers have reported an actual battery life of 9-10 hours while surfing the internet and checking e-mail.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR netbook falls just short of 10 hours of advertised battery life. With a price tag under $300 it still offers fierce competition to other netbooks with long battery life.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
Comparing all three the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU delivers the best battery life and is the most popular among consumers. For those on a penny pinching budget that don’t need more than 9 hours of battery life the HP Mini 210-1084NR offers similar specs for $65 less.
With Ipad sales breaching 2,000,000 units already the question must be asked, “Will the tablet PC replace the netbook in the future of small, portable computers?”
One thing is certain, tablet PC’s and netbooks both have advantages and disadvantages over each other and do in-fact serve slightly different purposes. The tablet PC is built for content consumption and very light content creation. With it a consumer can read books, check and send e-mail, watch movies (even in HD), and play games. The netbook on the other hand is built for content creation as well as light content consumption. A standard windows operation system allows the netbook to create most content a standard laptop can create and edit.
Pricing is another factor worth considering. Netbooks can be purchased for $250 – $300 while Ipads are in the $500+ range. Those looking for a cheap mobile computer will have to spend about twice as much for the tablet PC unless prices come down.
In my opinion there will likely be a device in the future that is more content creation friendly than the Ipad but also has the content consumption features that make it appealing. I do not believe tablet PC’s will replace netbooks until a college student can realistically bring a tablet PC to school as an all-in-one solution for their computing needs.
Although the new Atom N455 and N475 chips haven’t seen any speed increases, they now have DDR3 capable memory controllers. This will improve system performance because the rate at which data is transferred between the CPU and memory will be quicker.
HP and Fujitsu have both announced their intentions to use the Atom N455 and N475 in future netbooks. HP will be updating their mini 210 netbook and Fujitsu will be updating their MH380-1A netbook. Pricing for neither netbook has been released at this time.
The Fujitsu MH380-1A will be available June 17, 2010. It is still unknown when the HP mini 2010 netbook will be available.
Microsoft officially announced the end of the Windows XP operating system on new netbook sales two years ago but recently reminded the public about the deadline. Windows 7 will be installed on all new netbooks after October 22, 2010.
Cheap netbooks will see price increases because the system requirements for Windows 7 are much more demanding than windows xp and the cost to the manufacturer for the operating system itself will go up $15 – $25. Because of this consumers seeking the cheapest possible option will likely order netbooks available from manufacturers outside of the U.S.
Microsoft currently has a windows 7 upgrade for netbook users currently using Windows XP. The upgrade can be downloaded directly so netbook users without CD-ROM drives can still use windows 7. The windows 7 netbook upgrade comes in both 32 and 64-bit versions.
Yesterday, ASUS started taking pre-orders for the ASUS Eee PC 1201PN netbook and today they have finally added an official product page for the device. Other retail websites have also started displaying the netbook on their sites as well.
The 12.1″ (1366×768 resolution) Eee PC 1201PN netbook is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and a Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chipset, and is equipped with 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. The netbook also features HDMI and VGA output and runs on the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The standard battery is a 6-cell, with 47Whr power consumption.
The current price for the 1201PN is $499.
Dell boasts that the M11x gaming netbook is the “world’s most powerful 11-inch gaming laptop” and they’re now competing against themselves to create an even better netbook.
The new M11x gaming netbooks will have the same graphics cards (Nvidia GeForce GT 335M) as before, as well as feature new Intel Core i5-520UM and Intel Core i7- processors. Of course, the options now are also more expensive — $949 for the i5 model and $1,099 for the i7 model (versus $799 and $899 for their predecessors).
Both netbooks will feature TurboBoost technology, as well as an integrated Intel HD Graphics Media Accelerator. The M11x netbook definitely is a heavyweight performer in its 4.4 pound weight class and doesn’t totally break the bank. If you’re interested in gaming and on the market for a netbook, get out there and check it out!
Packard Bell, the company owned by Acer, has just announced the launch of a new netbook, the 10 inch Dot S4. With the exception of its design, this seems to be just another standard netbook. The Dot S4 runs on the Atom N450 processor, includes 1 GB of RAM, 160GB of hard drive, a choice of 3 or 6 cell battery, and Windows 7. Other additions include Wi-Fi and a chiclet keyboard. It is not yet known how much the Dot S4 will cost or in which countries it will be available.
According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal, Sony is planning to enter the tablet market and compete with Apple by developing a product similar to the iPad. Some analysts assume that this device, whose details are quite limited, will run on Google Android OS though its possible it could run Windows 7 instead. No one yet knows. However, Sony has never been one to undercut its competition on price and therefore we may be looking at a device costing more than the iPad which might hurt its foray into this market.
Some other tech specs of the Fujitsu PH520 Lifebook netbook include:
- 11.6″ screen display with 1366 x 768 resolution
- AMD M880G chipset
- ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics
- 2 GB of RAM
- 320 GB hard drive
- b/g/n/ Wi-Fi
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI, VGA, card reader, audio jacks
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
- 1.3MP Webcam
This Lifebook netbook also comes with a six-cell battery, which is expected to last for about 6.2 hours. The netbook weighs in at 1.4 kg — pretty standard for a netbook.
There’s another similar Fujitsu netbook that is powered by an Intel Celeron SU2300 processor. It features a similar shape, but the chassis has a larger keyboard and trackpad.
If you’re rooting for England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, then this netbook’s right for you. The 10.1″ (1024,600 resolution) Hi-Grade Notino mL100E is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, and is equipped with with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM and a 160 GB Hitachi hard drive.
The Notino mL100E netbook also features a couple USB ports, an external VGA port, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Windows 7 Starter OS, and a webcam. Something unique about this netbook is that instead of having the trackpad buttons located underneath the trackpad, they’re located to either side of it.
The netbook is now available at a price of £279, including VAT.
It seems that Sprint got a bit too excited about its decent EVO 4G sales. It had originally stated that it sold 3x as many phones within the first day that their best phones had sold over 3 days. What it actually meant was that it sold in one day 3 days worth of phones. They double counted that triple multiplier it seems.
Regardless, they are sold out of the EVO 4G and analysts estimate that it sold a not too shabby 150,000 on launch. Nowhere near a 1 million unit iPhone kind of launch, but an achievement for Sprint and Android nonetheless.
Sony has just announced that they are taking pre-orders for their new second generation Vaio P Netbook. Some of the the netbook’s notable characteristics include its low weight (weighing a measly 1.3 ponds), its high price ($899), and of course its unique design consisting of rounded corners and bright color cases. The Vaio P comes in Icy White, Neon Green, Classic Black, Hot Pink, and Electric Orange.
Unfortunately for Sony, there is nothing all that notable about its specs: 1.60GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, and choice of 64GB or 129GB of storage. It also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1,and Windows 7 operating system.
Toshiba’s got some new and exciting computing devices coming out soon.
The AC100 is a 10.1″ netbook that will run on the Android 2.1 operating system instead of on Windows. The netbook will be powered by a Tegra processor, and be equipped with 512 MB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD hard drive. Other features of the Toshiba AC100 netbook include 1080p HD playback, WLAN, Ethernet, an HDMI port, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. The standard 3-cell battery that comes with the netbook is estimated to last four to five hours.
No release date or pricing schedule have been released yet for this netbook.
The A665 is a 15.6″ (1366×768 resolution) laptop that will be powered by an Intel Core i7 processor (one of Intel’s newest processors for laptops). It’ll be equipped with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. Other features for the Toshiba A665 laptop include a Nvidia GeForce GTS350 graphics card, Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, an HDMI port, a multi-card reader, and a Blu-ray drive — quite the powerhouse.
The laptop will come with preinstalled 3D content and a pair of 3D glasses will be included in the package. In terms of audio, the A665 will be equipped with Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio, and a Sleep-and-Music function, which allows users listen to music even if the computer is in sleep mode.
The Toshiba A665 laptop’s release is expected sometime this July. Pricing is not yet known.