Best Netbook 2012
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Taking a cue from laptop manufacturers, the ones responsible for producing netbooks – who are basically almost the same names – thought it was a very good idea to grace the rooms of all those consumers who buy them instead of the tablets and smartphones that are practically flooding markets everywhere they can with new products. For exactly these users we recently worked on a list that would feature the best netbooks in 2012 that were released not very long ago. Let’s see them.
Toshiba Mini NB505
Toshiba and its $252.79 Mini NB505 make consumers very proud of owning this netbook, the main reason behind that having to do with the full-sized keyboard. The majority of netbooks have small-sized keyboards, so typing becomes an issue. Not on the Mini NB505, though. A 10.1″ LED backlit screen graces the front of the device and, even though it’s not high definition, images look great. Compactness, slickness and a matte finish make the netbook a good-looking one. The processor is a single-core Atom N455 1.66 GHz and, while most activities don’t pose a threat, performing many of them at the same time might be a bit of a problem, but not a very serious one. A mind-blowing offer of this Toshiba Mini NB505 is the battery and the 8 hours and a half it ensures.
Asus Eee PC 1016P
The $449.53 Asus Eee PC 1016P takes its job very seriously and all you get from it is only the best of the best. And the very good quality starts with the exterior, where an elegant body that is both thin and light has a 10.1″ screen that – yet again, no HD here – manages to deliver a good performance image-wise. Like every other netbook made today, the processor on the Eee PC 1016P belongs to Intel Atom and it’s a single-coreN455 1.66 GHz which runs in a smooth way and doesn’t start lagging uncontrollably when there is more than one activity going on. When netbooks made by other manufacturers have USB 2.0 ports, the one created by Asus sports the newest USB 3.0. Wow was all we could say when we saw how long the netbook lasted for: 13 hours!
Acer Aspire One AO722-0022
Acer Aspire One AO722-0022 costs $395.71 and its mother company, instead of concentrating on a battery that could last a lot battery-wise, put its effort into the processor. That’s why this netbook will run like a very powerful wind and offer consumers all they want in multitasking. The 500GB hard drive is also meaning business and improves performance even more. This One AO722-0022 is the first on our list to come with a high definition display that is apt at offering all the necessary brightness, sharpness and all else that makes an enjoyment out of watching movies and playing games. 7 hours is the overall amount of time that the battery is providing.
Samsung NF210 AO3
The $299.97 NF210 AO3 is Samsung’s best netbook so far and for that we should applaud the pleasing design with its middle size and weight offering lots of portability, the Island-style keyboard, the very easy to navigate through UI, the Intel Atom single-core 1.66 GHz N455 whose speed is good – despite some slowness while multitasking -, the powerless sleep mode and the 7-hour battery will make the Samsung NF210 AO3 a hit with many of you.
Asus Eee PC 1215N
A second Asus we should include in our list of best netbooks is the Eee PC 1215N. Many laptops should take a look at it and improve themselves, because this device is far better than them when comparing performance and size. The fact that it’s so light and has such a good battery life of 7 hours remind us that this is, in fact, a netbook and a good one at that. The inclusion of a 12.1″ HD screen wins big kudos from us for bringing great-looking images and the 1.8 GHz dual-core CPU and 2GB of RAM deliver a performance that is impossible to not mention.
HP Mini 5103
HP is bringing its own $568.49 Mini 5103 netbook to our attention and we can’t go on without mentioning it in our list. This device won’t win the title of best netbook in 2012, but it sure won’t be a source of disappointment. Its strongest points are the battery – 9 hours – and form that makes it a highly portable netbook. The weak thing about it is that there’s no high definition screen. The Intel Atom N455 single-core processor will have some moments dominated by weakness. But, if you take these away, all that’s left is a netbook that offers consistency and strength.
We are done, for now, with the best netbooks of 2012. The future is yet to surprise us with more of these devices and we will notify you about them as soon as they appear and we get to test them ourselves.