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Top 5 netbooks

Top 5 netbooks

I’m shopping for a netbook to take on the road, and I’m shopping hard. My last laptop, an iBook, did yeoman’s duty for 8 long years. I took it everywhere, and I used it so hard I had to paint the worn-away vowels back on with blue nail polish.

It’s time for something newer, and lighter. I thought I’d settled on a candy-apple red Dell Inspiron Mini 9, which I’d heard you could hack to run OS X. Voila! A cut-rate airbook that would work seamlessly with my new iMac.

But then Dell took that model off the market. And on looking into hackintoshing further, I heard that it can wreak havoc with the wifi and other functions. Not to mention that the “simple instructions” for hackintoshing are only simple for techweenies. Don’t get me wrong—I aspire to techweeniehood, but at this juncture have barely reached cocktail wiener level.

So I’m still looking high and low for the best netbook, a good (and cheapish) little soldier that will see me through airports and bus stations and rides in the back of pickup trucks, not to mention letting me blog from improbable places.

Everyone, it seems has an opinion. For your compare-and-contrast pleasure, here are 3 recent “Best 5 Netbooks” lists.
CNET’s top netbooks

  1. Asus Eee PC 1005HA
  2. Acer Aspire One D250
  3. HP Mini 110
  4. HP Mini 1151nr
  5. Lenovo IdeaPad S10 4231

Lifehacker’s top netbooks

  1. Samsung NC10
  2. Dell Mini 10 (Lifehacker says this model is hackintoshable, but Boing Boing’s list of pc netbooks you can customize to run OS X says otherwise)
  3. ASUS EEEPC 1000HE
  4. Acer Aspire One
  5. MSI Wind

Testfreaks’ top netbooks

  1. Samsung NC10
  2. Asus Eee PC 1000H
  3. Tie between Asus Eee PC 1000HE & Samsung NC20
  4. Tie between Samsung N120, MSI Wind U100, & Asus Eee PC 1000

Asus is looking pretty good to me right now, especially after I talked to my local computer repair guys and they said they were in love with the insides of the Asuses the took apart. (Asus porn?) “Really quality components,” they hubba-hubba’d. Who can argue with love?

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3 Responses to “Top 5 netbooks”

  1. Ken Payton says:

    Is the Mac Air out of the question? And can any other model you mention be hacked to run OS X. Thanks in advance.

  2. missmoveabroad says:

    The MacBook Air is not out of the question if you don’t mind spending $1500 or more for a new one. I defected to PCs for the much lower price, and ended up choosing the Asus Eee pc. I wrote about it here:
    http://www.examiner.com/x-15605-SF-Travel-News-Examiner~y2009m7d27-Its-an-Asus-New-netbook-weighs-281-lbs

  3. Ken Payton says:

    Great. I’ll follow up. Thanks, mma.

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