Netbook PCs Are So Close That It Comes Down To Price In Choice
The difference between Netbook PCs from Acer, Toshiba and Asus can be measured in such small touches that your choice will probably depend on the deal you receive.
Acer Aspire One AOD 257-13685 10.1-inch Netbook
The Acer Aspire One 10.1-inch netbook PC's engine is Intel's low-power dual-core N570 Atom processor. It is equipped with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM that can be doubled to 2 GB. You use one of three standard USB 2.0 ports with a 32 GB USB flash drive to act as a solid state disc drive. The affordable Aspire One features a 250 GB SATA hard drive with Windows 7 installed. Acer's screen resolution is 1024 by 600. The backlit screen presents clear, vivid color and has excellent text capability. The Aspire One is network-compatible with WiFi standards 802.11 b/g/n so that it recognizes public WiFi hotspots and can also be used with older home routers that offer 802.11g. There is also a built-in Ethernet 10/100 port so it can be hardwired into an Ethernet. One of the keys that may give the Aspire an edge is Acer's installation of Windows Office Starter 2010, a very powerful office suite. The Aspire has the a 0.3 MP webcam built-in, as do most other netbooks. Despite its dual speakers, sound reproduction is muffled and tinny. Battery life from the LI-ON (lithium-ion) battery is four hours.
Toshiba NB505-N508TQ 10.1-inch Netbook
The Toshiba Netbook's engine is the same low-power Intel N570 dual-core processor. Its standard equipment includes 1 GB of DDR RAM, upgradeable to 2 GB. It features a 250 GB SATA 5,400-spin hard drive with Windows 7 installed. Its uses a rubberized "Easy Grip" finish to it is easy to carry securely. The Toshiba netbook is network-enabled and recognizes 802.11g/n. It also includes a 10/ 100 Ethernet port so it can be used hardwired in a local area network. It has a full keyboard and touchpad to control cursor movement. The Toshiba includes a 0.3MP webcam, sound-card capability (mike and earphone jacks) and it will work with SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Toshiba includes a full suite of Toshiba utilities that include a Media Center for music and video sharing. Bulletin Board records notes and to-do lists. Other features include 3 USB 2.0 ports and Intel's graphics accelerator. The video is in native high-definition 16:9 aspect ratio, although the video chipset does dynamically allocate 256 MB of memory for video use. On the downside, Toshiba does throttle back the dual-core processor to 667 MHz so it does not operate at its full potential.
ASUS Eee PC 1015PX-PU17-BK 10.1 Netbook
Asus uses the same Intel Atom 570 dual-core processor and 1 GB of DDR memory - upgradeable to 2 GB - as the heart of its Asus Netbook. It runs the processor at 1.66 GHz and calls it the Asus Super Hybrid processor. Windows 7 is standard on its 250 GB 5400-spin SATA hard drive. Memory capability can be upgraded by using the SD/MMC reader slot that allows you to insert SD-compatible memory that can act as a solid-state disc drive. Network-capable, the Asus Netbook recognizes WiFi 802.11 b/g/n so it is compatible with public hotspots and older routers. There is also a 10/100 Ethernet slot available for hardwiring into a network. The underlying operating system is Asus' own "Express Gate Operating System" for boot up. Its keyboard uses square chiclet-style rubberized keys. Asus uses Bluetooth technology extensively sync peripherals, as well as smartphones. The Asus features a 0.3 MP webcam and built-in sound-card capability.
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