Australian netbook buying guide

We walk you through what to look for when you're buying a netbook and give you an overview of the many mini-notebooks that have passed through our Test Centre

How we tested

We use iTunes to convert 53min of WAV files into 192Kbps MP3s, which helps test the strength of a netbook's processor. Our battery test involves looping a video file with the screen brightness at maximum and power-saving features disabled. This means the actual battery life you encounter may be longer depending on how processor-intensive the work you are conducting is and your power-management scheme.

Australian netbook guide

Netbook features, battery life and performance
ModelScreenCPURAMStorageOperating
system
Battery
size
Battery
life
iTunes
MP3 encoding
Acer
Aspire One ZG5
8.9inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
512MB8GB,
SSD
Linux
(Linpus)
3-cell2hr 20minn/a
Acer
Aspire One AOD150
10.2inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP3-cell2hr 10min9min 33sec
ASUS
Eee PC 701 4G
7inIntel
Celeron M
512MB4GB,
SSD
Linux
(Xandros)
3-cell2hr 48minn/a
ASUS
Eee PC 900
8.9inIntel
Celeron M
1GB12GB,
SSD
Windows XP3-cell2hr 32minn/a
ASUS
Eee PC 900
8.9in Intel
Celeron M
1GB20GB,
SSD
Linux
(Xandros)
3-cell2hr 10minn/a
ASUS
Eee PC 901
8.9in Intel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB12GB,
SSD
Windows XP6-cell5hrn/a
ASUS
Eee PC 1000H
10.2in Intel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB80GBWindows XP6-cell4hr13min
ASUS
Eee PC S101
10.2in Intel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB16GB, SSDWindows XP4-cell3hr7min 18sec
ASUS
Eee PC S101H
10.2in Intel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP3-cell2hr 24min8min 53sec
ASUS
Eee PC 1000HE
10.2in Intel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP6-cell4hr 31min8min 58sec
ASUS
Eee PC Seashell 1005HA
10.2in Intel Atom,
1.66GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP6-cell5hr 5min7min 19sec
BenQ
Joybook Lite U101
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP3-cell2hr7min 56sec
BenQ
Joybook Lite U121 Eco
11.6inIntel Atom,
1.3GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP6-celln/a8min 20sec
Dell
Inspiron Mini 9
8.9inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB16GB,
SSD
Windows XP4-cell2hr 23min8min 59sec
Dell
Latitude 2100
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1.5GB80GBWindows XP6-cell4hr 27min7min 51sec
Dell
Inspiron Mini 10
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB250GBWindows XP3-cell1hr 49min8min 32sec
Fujitsu
M1010
8.9inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB60GBWindows XP3-cell2hr 22min8min 57sec
Fujitsu
M2010
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP6-cell3hr 35min10min 28sec
HP
2133 Mini-Note PC
8.9inVIA C7-M,
1.6GHz
2GB160GBWindows
Vista
3-cell1hr 12minn/a
HP
2133 Mini-Note PC
8.9inVIA C7-M,
1.6GHz
1GB120GBWindows
Vista
3-cell1hr 32minn/a
HP
Mini 1001TU
10.2inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB60GBWindows XP3-cell2hr 20min8min 4sec
HP
Vivienne Tam Special Edition
10.2inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB60GBWindows XP3-cell2hr 20min9min 7sec
HP
Mini 2140
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
2GB160GBWindows XP3-cell2hr 14min7min 52min
HP
Mini 110
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.66GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP3-cell2hr 10min7min 36min
HP
Mini 5101
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.66GHz
2GB320GBWindows XP3-cell1hr 55min7min 48min
Kogan
Agora Netbook Pro
10.2inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
2GB160GBgOS
(Ubuntu)
6-cell3hr 38minn/a
Lenovo
IdeaPad S10
10.2inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP3-cell1hr 53min8min 5sec
Lenovo
IdeaPad S10e
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP6-cell4hr 7min8min 22sec
MSI
Wind U100
10.2inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB80GBWindows XP6-cell4hr 47min8min 25sec
MSI
Wind U115
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GB, 8GB SSDWindows XP6-cell5hr 22min7min 58sec
MSI
Wind U120
10.2inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP4-cell3hr7min 58sec
MSI
Wind U123T
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
2GB160GBWindows XP3-cell1hr 43min8min 16sec
Pioneer
Computers
Dreambook Lite
7inVIA C7-M,
1GHz
1GB40GBWindows XP6-cell6hr 40minn/a
Samsung
n120
10.2inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP6-cell4hr 30min7min 53sec
Sony
W Series VPCW115XG (P/T/W)
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP6-celln/an/a
Toshiba
NB100
8.9inIntel Atom,
1.6GHz
1GB120GBWindows XP3-cell2hr 17min8min 10sec
Toshiba
NB200
10.2inIntel Atom,
1.66GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP3-cell2hr 18min7min 35sec
ViewSonic
VNB101
10.1inIntel Atom,
1.66GHz
1GB160GBWindows XP
(and Linpus Quick OS)
3-cell1hr 57min8min 01sec

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Elias Plastiras

Elias Plastiras

PC World

1 Comment

BlakDog

1

I have to say... it's March 2011 and what a great piece of information this article is. It's only *20 months* old so I'm guessing the info is still relevant and up to date....?

Oh wait! NO! It isn't!

Why haven't you updated this over the past 1.5 years?
Why are you listing it in your guides section?
Why would you think this is worthy of being on your website to help your audience?

This is the reason I haven't looked here for may months...

I'll be back to look in another 20 months to see if there is an update

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