I recently just bought a Dell Mini 9 for myself from dell.com. A year ago it was pretty rare to see netbooks around my college campus, but recently I’ve been seeing them everywhere. If you don’t know what a netbook is yet it is a small portable laptop computer designed for web browsing and note taking. Netbooks have a lot of advantages over traditional laptops. The battery life is longer, it is lighter, and is usually cheaper than traditional laptops. So naturally it is very appealing to college students. It is super portable so you can carry it around campus to keep yourself entertained or be productive. But is this just a passing fad or a growing trend? I believe netbooks are here to stay, and they are going to continue to grow in popularity.
Just about every laptop company has come up with their own netbook model, but which one is the best? I will be discussing what I believe are the top 2 contenders in the netbook market, the dell mini 9 and the Asys Eee PC 1000HE.
Ill discuss the dell mini 9 first since it’s the one I chose. The main reason I choose this over the EEE PC is because it is the most compatible with the Mac OS (complete guides can be found at mydellmini.com). All the devices work on the Mac OSX such as WI-FI, sound, camera, and Bluetooth. The second reason I choose it is for the new solid state drive (SSD) technology replacing the traditional hard drive. The new SSDs consume less power, are completely silent, and read/write faster than traditional hard drives. The only disadvantage is that it is still a bit pricey and offers little storage space. My only issue with the mini 9 is the super tiny keyboard that takes some getting used to. The battery life is decent, lasting about 3-4 hours.
The Eee PC is a bit more expensive then the Dell Mini 9 but I believe it is more worth it. The Asus Eee PC 1000he has the best construction and quality than all the netbooks I have seen. The case, keyboard, and screen are all well built, and it even comes with a small netbook sleeve with the purchase of a new one. The keyboard is the best of all the netbooks, offering a standard keyboard size, very similar to the macbooks keyboard. The screen is one inch larger than the dell mini 9, which actually makes a noticeable difference, and the 5-6 hour battery life is a lot longer than the Dells.
So if I were to recommend any netbook for college students, I would definitely recommend the Asus Eee PC. But if you are on a budget, the Dell Mimi 9 is not bad at all.
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