With the Holidays approaching, you may be looking for a gift for yourself or the technology lover on your list. Netbooks remain a popular alternative to tablets and laptop computers. Netbooks offer portability and a lightweight design making them ideal for business travelers who are always looking to maximize their productivity without adding to their luggage.
Netbooks are great for performing basic tasks and for surfing the internet. They can also play movies, which make them a good alternative for long car rides or flights. Where you may notice a drop-off is in the way they handle multimedia. Also, on a netbook, the video card is built into the processor so they are not good for hard-core gaming and video editing. Also, because of the tablet craze, netbook manufacturers are creating new features such as touchscreen monitors and detachable keyboards. So, here is the list of top 5 best netbooks in 2014.
5. Dell Inspiron Mini 10
The latest offering from Dell is the Mini 10 and it has an impressive 8.5 hours of battery life, which lays to rest one of the primary concerns about netbooks. Built-in WiFi and a 1.3 MP webcam adds to its performance. Many Apple lovers may find it easy to switch to the Mini 10 because of its attractive selection of colors. And if you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, Dell will send $5 to the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa for consumers who purchase a Red Mini 10 and will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help in the fight against breast cancer for those that purchase the Promise Pink Mini 10. I have no doubt recommending the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 as one of the best netbooks.
4. Acer Aspire One
If you’re looking for a combination of a lightweight design and powerful performance, it’s hard to beat the Acer Aspire One. Two of the best features of the Aspire One are a hard drive with 500GB of storage and a large 11.6-inch HD screen. The large screen also gives you access to a full-size keyboard which is not found on many comparably priced netbooks. It also provides a thin, 1-inch design and weighs just over three pounds. The Intel Celeron processor runs Windows 8 on this netbook.
3. HP Pavillion TouchSmart 11Z
The TouchSmart brings responsive touchscreen technology to netbook design. With an 11.6-inch screen, this award-winning netbook is about as close to a full-size laptop as you can get. One of the nice features of the 11Z is your ability to upgrade from 4GB to 8 GB of RAM and from a 320GB hard drive to a 500GB hard drive. Another useful feature is a 7-hour battery life which allows you to be more productive between sessions. While having a slightly slower processing speed than comparably priced netbooks, there’s very little to quibble about with this offering from HP.
2. ASUS Eee PC 1215N
The ASUS Eee 1215N offers some of the most enhanced multimedia features available on netbooks. Enjoy better graphics and video experiences with the Next Generation NVIDIA ION graphics. And what better way to enjoy it then on the 12.1-inch HD backlit LED screen. An HDMI port allows you to playback a full HD 1080p video on an HDTV or big screen. A USB 3.0 port boosts transfer speeds by up to 10 times compared to comparable netbooks that feature a USB 2.0 port. You’ll also enjoy 500GB of ASUS WebStorage that allows you to keep your netbook memory free for more memories.
1. Lenovo ThinkPad X131e
One of the hallmarks of Lenovo products is their durable design. This makes it ideal for students or frequent travelers who frequently need to place the ThinkPad in a backpack or suitcase. The Lenovo has a standard hard drive of 500GB and offers an upgrade to a 128GB solid-state drive. This might come in handy if you frequently move large files and lets you decide on whether you need size or space. Weighing in at 5.3 pounds, the ThinkPad has a bit more heft than comparable netbooks, and the 11.6-inch screen compares nicely to other models. Lenovo ThinkPad is by far the best Netbook in the market in 2014.
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