Page 1:Seven 10.1" Netbooks: Buyer's Guide
Page 2:Netbook Or Notebook?
Page 3:Fall 2010 Lineup: Seven Netbooks, Strutting Their Stuff
Page 4:Acer Aspire One 521 (AO521)
Page 5:Asus Eee PC 1001P (1001P-MU17-BK)
Page 6:Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012 - HD Display)
Page 7:Gateway LT2120u
Page 8:HP Mini 210 HD
Page 9:Lenovo Ideapad S10-3
Page 10:MSI Wind U160 (U160-007US)
Page 12:Test Setup
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Performance
Page 14:Benchmark Results: Battery Life
Page 15:Benchmark Results: Power Consumption
Page 16:Benchmark Results: Gaming And Multimedia
Page 17:Weight Profile
Page 18:Broadcom Crystal HD: Not Such Crystal Clear Performance
We run through an in-depth guide to 10.1" netbooks from Acer, Asus, Dell, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, and MSI. We even coded a special set of benchmarks. If you are in the market for a netbook, this guide gives you the performance and design cues you need.
Mobile systems have long been on our to-do-list. These days, nearly everyone has a notebook. However, picking the right notebook isn't like choosing a CPU, graphic card, or memory kit, where you can just simply swap out one piece for better performance.
While there are those rare few who upgrade, the options are still limited (hard drive and memory). For the braver few, a mobile processor might be on the menu. Yet, notebooks remain a special case where you buy something for the long haul. Motherboard and graphic upgrades are all but guaranteed to be nonexistent. For that reason, the total cost over the life of a mobile system can often exceed that of their desktop big brothers. It is also important to point out that no one really buys a notebook for performance alone. Form, style, build quality, and obviously battery life all are important, and in some cases may actually outrank performance.
More often than not, mobile systems (specifically) are reviewed as a singular product. It has actually become the de facto standard. It is hard to justify our recommendations when we haven't looked at other products. This is despite the fact that they have been available at Best Buy and Newegg for months and share the same hardware specifications.
It is pretty easy to see the flaw here. If we review 15.6” gaming notebook x and give it a good review, what about the 15.6” gaming notebook y that is also currently available, but happens to be a better all-around buy? Both notebooks are likely to get a thumbs up, with notebook y popping up in a separate review two weeks later. Honestly, this has to be confusing to everyone. In this economy, it is hard to justify reviews this way when few of us are impulse buyers.
Systems are not bought with tunnel vision. So why review that way? We have set out to deliver something different; something that is more useful than a reaction that says, “that is an awesome notebook!” Though, we certainly will feature specific systems from time to time to showcase some awesome aspect of tech, like Thomas' recent foray into high-end mobile graphics. However, we also want to answer the bottom line: “which notebook should I buy?” As a result, we set out to deliver something of a cross between a buyer’s guide and a roundup.
- Seven 10.1" Netbooks: Buyer's Guide
- Netbook Or Notebook?
- Fall 2010 Lineup: Seven Netbooks, Strutting Their Stuff
- Acer Aspire One 521 (AO521)
- Asus Eee PC 1001P (1001P-MU17-BK)
- Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012 - HD Display)
- Gateway LT2120u
- HP Mini 210 HD
- Lenovo Ideapad S10-3
- MSI Wind U160 (U160-007US)
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results: Performance
- Benchmark Results: Battery Life
- Benchmark Results: Power Consumption
- Benchmark Results: Gaming And Multimedia
- Weight Profile
- Broadcom Crystal HD: Not Such Crystal Clear Performance