Cheap netbooks strike back at Apple | Consumer affairs


THELast week’s article regarding Apple’s MacBook sparked a heated debate over affordability and the usual battle between Apple and PCs. This week, we’re balancing the books, looking at a few netbooks that are a fraction of the cost of the Apple product.

Netbooks are a great alternative for the budget-conscious student who wants to get the job done but doesn’t lack portability, affordability, sociability, and surfability.

As there are a number of choices in this category, feel free to add your own preferences or price updates below. For the sake of too much repetition, the following all come with 1 GB of RAM.

Less than £ 200

Student Computers sells the Samsung N110 netbook for £ 189 with a 250GB hard drive, Windows 7 starter pack, and eight hours of battery life. They also offer an Asus Eee PC 1000H with an 80GB hard drive and a two-year warranty for £ 182.13.

The Compaq Mini 110c-1010SA comes with a 160GB hard drive and 1.6GHz processor speed and runs Windows XP and costs £ 198.99 with BT and Dabs.com. This netbook won the award for best budget laptop in a recent Reevoo survey of 1,000 college students.

Meanwhile, the Acer Aspire One D250 AOD250-OBb netbook is best priced at £ 199 with Oyyy.co.uk. It comes with a 160 GB hard drive and a 1.6 GHz processor.

Over £ 200

The Acer Aspire One 533 with an Intel Atom N455 processor, a 250 GB hard drive and Windows 7 has an eight-hour battery life and costs £ 279.99 from Amazon and Argos, although the latter includes free Norton Internet security up to ‘to September 28. However, PC World is offering £ 50 off your old laptop / netbook, reducing it to £ 229.99.

If you sign up for a mobile broadband deal, you can get the Acer Aspire One 521 (160GB hard drive, Windows 7) with PC World for free, but the mobile deal with Vodafone will set you back £ 600 over two years.

Amazon is selling the new Asus 1005PE with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and a whopping 11 hour battery life and Windows 7 for £ 254.99.

Play.com leads the way for the £ 269.99 Samsung N210, which has up to 11 hours of battery life, Windows 7, and a 250GB hard drive with the Atom N450 processor.

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