Jul 24 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: HP Mini 2140 Reviewed!

HP Mini 2140

We’ve reviewed HP’s business-ready netbook, the HP Mini 2140, and we’d love to let you know what we found.

The netbook got big points for its battery life and keyboard, and is a serious competitor with its brushed-steel exterior and brilliant screen. Who knows – it might just be the perfect netbook for your needs. Take a look!

Jul 16 2009


At long last, ASK NBB #7 is available for your reading pleasure. Today I’m discussing the virtues of wireless internet with the mother of a college student, and perhaps you can learn something too.


We’ve got six other questions on ASK NBB, but if they don’t strike your fancy, be sure to ASK your own question instead!

Interested in getting your own question answered on ASK NBB? Here’s how! Be sure to check out ASK NBB #3 for my projections for the future of the netbook industry, or ASK NBB #4 for some discussion of the evolving Eee PC.

Jul 5 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: Dell Mini 9 Reviewed

At long last, NetbookBoards’ review of the Dell Mini 9 is available. You can read it here, and I hope you enjoy it.

Let us know what you think!

Dell Mini 9

Jun 18 2009


Today’s Asker has a few things in mind when looking for a new netbook. Are matte screens good at reducing glare? Which netbooks work well outdoors? And are antimicrobial keyboards unhealthy?

I think I’ve got the answers to a few of these questions and more, so if you’re interested, come check out ASK NBB #6: Choosing A New Netbook!

Super clean keyboard

Picture via Shopakos.

Jun 12 2009


Our fifth ASK NBB is available, with the latest in user-submitted netbook questions answered for your interest. Today, it’s about the most basic but crucial question of them all:

What is a netbook?

I think you’ll find it illuminating, and I’d love to hear your feedback. Take a look!


Interested in getting your own question answered on ASK NBB? Here’s how! Be sure to check out ASK NBB #3 for my projections for the future of the netbook industry, or ASK NBB #4 for some discussion of the evolving Eee PC.

May 27 2009


In the past few months we’ve seen some exciting stuff in the netbook industry. From all corners exciting revelations have appeared, from the rise of MIDs to netbooks for the hearing impaired; the release of the tantalizing beta of Moblin 2.0 and near-confirmation of the mythical Apple tablet netbook. Netbooks are more robust than ever, having barely escaped censorship by Psion at the beginning of this year, but the future holds challenges as well. We’ve covered these stories and more in the past 500 posts, and it is with excitement that we look forward to the questions the future of netbooks holds.

Will Linux finally take the market share it’s yearned for? When are we going to get more futuristic netbooks? And what’s going to happen to netbooks when the economy gets better and budget buys aren’t so tantalizing?

We don’t know the answer to those questions, but as long as we’re still here we’ll be seeking the answers. Thanks for sticking with us, netbookers, and I promise if you stay tuned there will be many more great things to come.

We want this site to be focused on our reader base, so be sure to send us questions you’d like answered on ASK NBB!

Thanks again. Here’s to another 500!


Apr 28 2009


ASUS is no newbie to the netbook market, and anyone who’s picked up a netbook knows its name. Like MSI and Acer, ASUS stirred the primordial soup of netbooking before anyone else, and has faced the challenge of continuing to hold onto its market share as more and more manufacturers have scrambled for a piece of the netbook pie.

ASUS claims its newest machine eliminates the few weaknesses of its tried-and-true Eee PC line, and intends to reaffirm its dominance of the swiftly growing netbook market with this new edition of the netbook.

But does the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE live up to the hype? How does it compare to other machines on the market? We couldn’t stand wondering, and we just had to review it.

Take a look.

Apr 24 2009


Today’s question on ASK NBB concerns a subject of much contention – the future of netbooks. Why are they so underequipped and when are they going to see some real boosts in speed and power?

It can be difficult to make predictions in a fledgeling industry, but with some luck and a bit of research we’ll try to see what’s on the way for netbooks.

Take a look.


Interested in getting your own question answered on ASK NBB? Here’s how! Be sure to check out our first ASK NBB for some info on buying a new netbook, or ASK NBB #2 for some commentary on 3G netbooks.

Apr 10 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: ASK NBB Netbook Column Unveiled!

It can be hard to get answers about netbooks. Are they cannibalizing notebooks? Why are they so small? Which are better for netbooks – HDDs or SSDs?

Your questions deserve attention though, and we’d love to be the ones doing the answering. It is thus with much anticipation and excitement that we would like to announce a new column on NetbookBoards: ASK NBB, where we’ll answer your netbook questions directly and post them right here on the site!

We’ll give you anything from personal recommendations to our own opinions about the way the market is going, or whatever else you’d like to know – it’s just up to you to ask. This is how:

  1. Click the ‘Contact‘ button at the top of the screen.
  2. Include ‘ASK NBB’ in the subject line.
  3. Ask away!

The polls are open now, so be one of the first to get your questions answered on ASK NBB. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Feb 6 2009

Samsung NC10 Netbook Review

Since yesterday’s post about the fantastically modded Samsung NC10, something about the netbook intrigued us here at NetbookBoards. We tried to shake the feeling, but something still wasn’t right, so we did the only thing we could – review it!

Samsung’s flagship netbook is a cut above of its competitors in terms of price – Amazon sells it for $450 – but that extra $50-$100 gets you a heck of a lot, including a magnificent 6-cell battery. It may just be our favorite netbook yet, so if you’re on the market, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Samsung NC10 Netbook


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