Best 10 inch Windows tablets & small laptops in 2014

Andrei Girbea February 6, 2014 Tops 126 Comments

In this post we’re going to talk about some of the best 10 inch Windows tablets and mini-laptops available in stores these days.

Several years ago, everyone was crazy about netbooks: small and affordable 10 inch laptops that could handle everyday tasks and movies, while running for many hours on a charge.

Things have changed now, as netbooks were more or less replaced by tablets, which are more compact, lighter and easier to use, while still being able to do pretty much the same things netbooks could. Of course, there are many things we could say about the fall of netbooks and the rise of tablets, but in this post we’re only going to talk about the 10 inch mini laptops still available in stores these days and the 10 inch slates worthy of your attention.

As all similar posts on TLBHD.com, this article is not a top, it’s merely a list of products you might find good enough, based on what you need from such a device and your budget. I constantly update the post, but if you have any questions about certain products that are not included in here, drop me a line in the comments section below.

Anyway, without any further ado, here’s what you’ll find in this article:

Best netbooks and 10 inch mini laptops

Nobody makes netbooks anymore these days, but there are still some decent 10 inch laptops available in stores and we’re going to talk about them in this section.

The Asus 1015E is the last surviving member of the EEE PC family. It’s available in several configurations, selling for between 200 and 300 bucks, and looks exactly like the older EEE PCs, with a soft rubbery case, a chiclet keyboard and a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 px screen. The entire thing is powered by an Intel Celeron processor, with 2 GB of RAM and a 320 GB HDD, runs Windows 8 and goes on a charge for more than 6 hours. You can use the 1015E for browsing, text editing, some movies and even very light games, and that, the small form factor and the low price makes it a perfect laptop for kids.

Anyway, you should see this link for more details on the Asus 1015E models, including specs, pictures and some users reviews from those who already bought one of these.

The Acer Aspire One AOD270 is the only Acer netbook still available in stores, but unlike the Asus above, it’s exactly how it was when first launched: packs an Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, 320 GB of storage and Windows 7 Starter. In non-geeky words, it will be able to deal with light everyday tasks and some movies, but will choke with heavy multitasking, complex software or games. That’s why the D270 isn’t exactly worth the $280 asked for it these days (details in here), but if you can get it cheaper, it could be a good option.

The Acer Aspire One D270 and Asus 1015E are some of the last netbooks you can find in stores these days

The Acer Aspire One D270 and Asus 1015E are some of the last netbooks you can find in stores these days

How about the 10 inch netbooks you might find used? Well, I’d keep an eye on things like the Toshiba NB505, the Asus EEE PC 1025C or the HP Mini 10. Or if you’re after something a little bit fancier, the HP Mini 5103 or the Asus 1018P can be some great little machines, with metallic casings, sleek and light bodies and some extra features, like touchscreens or fingerprint readers.

But don’t forget that buying used computers can be risky, so only go for these if you’ll find them really cheap and you know what you’re doing.

Business 10 inchers: HP Mini 5103 and Asus EEE PC 1018P

Business 10 inchers: HP Mini 5103 and Asus EEE PC 1018P

Best 10 inch Windows tablets

As I was telling you in the beginning, tablets killed netbooks in only a couple of years, as they are more compact, lighter and can handle everything a netbook could back in the days, from software like Office and Photoshop, to videos and even games. On top of that, tablets come with a touchscreen, so at least in theory, are more comfortable to use. They lack a physical keyboard, but you can buy matching ones if you plan on doing a lot of typing on them.

We are talking about Windows based tablets here, which are not as popular as Android slates or the iPads, but are more versatile and can run the software you’re already familiar with from your PC, if that’s something you’re interested in.

Anyway, here are the most interesting 10 inch Windows tablets of the moment.

Asus Transformer Pad T100 – starts at $399 – to be updated – see this link for more details in the meantime.

Dell Venue Pro 11 – starts at $499 – to be updated – see this link for more details in the meantime.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 – starts at $899 -  to be updated – see this link for more details in the meantime.

Asus Vivotab Smartsee this link for more details – it weighs 1.4 pounds, it’s only 0.5 of an inch thick and sells for $400. It’s motorized by an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and it runs Windows 8, which means that it’s compatible with all the pieces of software you’re already using on your PC, from Photoshop to Microsoft’s Office suite. Asus also offers a Bluetooth keyboard and a smartcover for this one, but those will cost extra.

The Asus VivoTab Smart offers plenty for the money

The Asus VivoTab Smart offers plenty for the money

Acer Iconia W510see this link for more details – the Acer W510 is in many ways similar to the Asus slate above. It packs the same hardware, features and a similar screen, in a solid body and a slightly slimmer case than the one of the VivoTab. Acer also offers a latchable keyboard dock, with an extra battery and more ports, that pretty much transform the W510 into a small compact laptop. However, the tablet and the docking sell together for a little bit under $600, and that’s a bit expensive.

The Acer Iconia W550 is sleek and comes with a docking station

The Acer Iconia W550 is sleek and comes with a docking station

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2see this link for more details – this is Lenovo’s take at a Window 8 10 inch business tablet. Much like the ElitePad above, this one packs a a digitizer and you’ve got plenty of accessories to choose from for it, although not as many as with the HP. On the other hand, you can get a 4G version of the Tablet 2. That aside, this Thinkpad tablet is more compact and lighter than the ElitePad, without sacrificing the build quality and the sturdiness. It’s also slightly cheaper than the 900, as you can get the tablet for about $470, and the tablet with the pen for about 100 extra.

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2

Other 10 inch tablets worth mentioning

We’re not going to get in depth, I’ll tell you more about tablets in some future articles. For now, we should mention some of the other 10 incish tablets worthy of your attention.

For starters, there are all the good Android tablets. If you want something really fancy, the waterproof and extra thin Sony Xperia Tablet Z could be it, but it’s pricey, starting at 500 bucks.

At $400, there’s the Nexus 10, with powerful hardware and a high resolution screen, plus Vanilla Android, unspoiled by any third party preinstalled apps and tweaks. If you’re into Samsung, then you can have a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, built on an Intel platform, thus capable of running for a long time on each charge.

The Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 is an awesome budget pick, stating at only $300. For that, you’re getting a FHD screen, good performances, decent battery life and great speakers, as you’ll find out from my review here on the site.

Last but not least, there’s the iPad, the oh-so popular iPad. I’m not going to argue if it’s better than the Android tablets, but I do have to say that it has a couple of aces in its sleeve: the vibrant retina display, the sleek body, the ultra-snappy performances and the entire iOS ecosystem backing it up, with high quality apps and many great games especially designed for the high density screen on this device. For me, the iPad is still the best 10 incish tablet you can get these days, but it is pretty expensive, starting at $500, so it might not fit everyone’s bill. What do you think?

The other 10 inchers: Android tablets and the iPad

The other 10 inchers: Android tablets and the iPad

Wrap-up

As you saw, there aren’t many options for 10 inch mini laptops these days, but you can still find several ones that sell for as much as $300.

There are however a bunch of 10 inch tablets running Windows that you can get, and these are a bit more expensive, but also more compact and lighter, thus easier to carry around.

Last but not least, if you don’t really need a tablet for work, the iPad or perhaps on of the top Android slates available in stores are definitely worth a look. But we’ll talk more about that in some future posts, like I already said.

Anyway, if you found this post useful, make sure to share it around, there are some buttons on the left side of the content. And if you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help. Besides that, if you’re looking for more powerful mini laptops, you could also take a look at my lists the recommended 11.6 inch and 12 inch devices.

Aright, that’s about it. Thanks for your time and hopefully this post will help at least some of you pick the best 10 inch laptop or the best 10 inch tablet that can fit your taste, requirements and budget.

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About The Author

Andrei Girbea, aka "Mike", is the Owner and Editor in Chief at tlbhd.com . He's been dealing with gadgets and writing about them for years and now focuses more on portable computers, like netbooks, mini laptops and touchscreen tablets. You can follow him on Twitter.

126 Comments

  1. Andrew March 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Great article. Very informative.
    Thanks

    I think I am going to but the Toshiba. Why didn’t you review any samsung models though?

    • Mike March 11, 2010 at 2:12 am

      Andrew, i haven’t got in touch with any of them till now. Also, i do consider them a little bit too expensive for what they can offer, that’s why none of them made it into this top

  2. terry April 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    great review! i’m choosing a netbook for my birthday and was having a hard time finding a clear cut comparison between the top netbooks. i think i’m going to choose between the toshiba and the asus 1005PE-P~~

  3. terry April 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    ps. does the asus 1005PE-P only come in black and blue? that’s what it looks like on amazon…

    • Mike April 9, 2010 at 3:20 am

      Yes, only in Black and Blue for that version. The 1001P is available in White or Pink also.

  4. Andrew April 9, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I just got the Asus1005PE-P and I’m mostly satisfied with it. I wish the keyboard was a bit bigger though.

  5. terry April 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    it’s like you read my mind with the white and pink lol
    if you don’t mind me asking, would you recommend the asus 1001p or the 1005pe-m or the toshiba (putting aside the price differences)?
    and what’s the 1005ha?

    thanks for your help!

    • Mike April 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

      If money are not a matter, I would go for the Toshiba like i said in the text. I have the older generation one and am very satisfied with it. This new one is even better.

      The 1005HA is the older generation 10 inch netbook from Asus.

  6. Brian April 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    What are the main differences and things to consider between the Asus 1005PE-PU27 and Toshiba NB305-N410? I can’t decide between these two. Thanks.

    • Mike April 12, 2010 at 3:49 am

      Brian, please read the reviews for each of them for more details, there are links next to each of the names. Shortly, i like the Toshiba because of the better keyboard/trackpad and entire matte chassis. The 1005PE-PU27 comes only with a matte lid cover (the palm rest area and trackpad and area around the display are still glossy), but provides around 2 hours better battery life in practice… Choosing between each of the two is just up to your taste and needs…

  7. Gwen April 20, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Thank you very much… find it very informative. I’ve been reading reviews with regards to netbooks and trying to compare them. am choosing between Toshiba’s NB305 (brown) and the Asus 1005PE-PU27…. but now added another one on my list… HP5102… guess i should wait for awhile… thanks again…

    • Mike April 21, 2010 at 10:57 am

      The HP 5102 is a little bit from another league than the others. Comes with a more solid case and some extra features but is a lot more expensive (can get to 600-700 easily, and even more). So you should really put budget in the equation before deciding :P

  8. nina April 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Looking for a netbook mainly for international travel. Must have long battery life – very long plane rides. Looking at the Asus 1005PE-P and the Toshiba NB305. As an ex-IBMer how does Lenovo play in this field? Price: could go up around $500. Anything new on the horizon worth waiting for???

    • Mike April 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      Nina, there’s the Lenovo S10-3s . But it can only be preodered in the us for now from here: http://amzn.to/9pkMqv . Costs 349 and is pretty light and slim. I was waiting for it to start shipping and get a hand on it before adding it to this post. Initial reports claim it is in fact very good so it will add to this list. Besides that., there’s actually nothing new for now.

  9. Cesia May 8, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Hi! I found a deal: Samsung N150 Netbook Intel Atom N450 for $280. What can u say about it? Is it better than Acer?

  10. Picture Regain June 11, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Your blog give me whole information about netbooks, which is very helpful to me to choose best 1o inch netbooks. But I think it is expensive for what you can offer.

  11. sam June 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    What a useless review i just wanted to know the top 10 ranked in order

    • Mike June 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      You cannot rank computers in a straight top 10. Like i’ve said in the post, each user needs and expects different things from a laptop. I for one value a lot performance, while other might value a lot design. That’s why this post is a list of good options, and not a top per se.

  12. Annan July 5, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    “What a useless review i just wanted to know the top 10 ranked in order”

    That wouldn’t be a “review”!!!!

    I think it’s an excellent review of the leading netbooks at the moment.

  13. Gardash July 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Hi,

    In September I’m starting with Lawschool, and I feel a netbook would come in handy so that I can make notes during lessons. I’m not organized enough for paper-notebooks;).

    Since I will only be using it for taking notes during lectures (and check my email, etc.) I have to important specs:
    1. Comfortable for typing
    2. Light-weight

    What netbook would be my best pick for September 2010? (doesn’t necessarily be included in the list @review)

    Thanks!
    Gardash

    • admin July 7, 2010 at 4:23 am

      The best for typing is the Toshiba NB205, because it has the most comfortable keyboard. Very little flex, keys just the right size, etc . As for the other part, if you’re OK with a device that weighs 2.8 pounds, go for it. If you think you’d want something even lighter, i woudl advice for the Asus 1008P-KR, which 0.3-0.4 pounds less, also great keyboard, but 150 bucks more :)

  14. Gardash July 7, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Thanks! However, according to a review I found, the Asus 1008 only lasts for 3-4 hours with a single battery.. that’s a bit on the edge for me. Anyother recommendations?

    (I still have to check the Toshiba out btw)

    • admin July 8, 2010 at 6:04 am

      Yeah, i know. But it comes with two batteries, so… Not sure about other recommendations… you could wait for the Asus 1018p which will enter the market soon enough, that one will be a great pick too, but will cost around 450.

  15. trav July 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I’m looking for a netbook and one of my big items is the embedded broadband which I have now in my laptop with Verizon.
    Are there any netbooks that have this feature?
    Assuming most of the other features are available.

  16. NED August 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve searched 4 long b/4 I met ur site.I wish U culd also take on UMPCs and MIDs & smartphones.Please try a review on samsung N230 10” netbook.Also tell us where to get 6 cell battery version of this samsung.Thanks.You’re my best so far.

    • Mike August 21, 2010 at 1:46 am

      Ned, here’s the post about the N230: http://www.tlbhd.com/samsung-n230-review-and-comparison-to-the-n210-and-n220-4514/ . haven’t included this one in this post yet, because I’ve yet to find the 6 Cell battery versions in the US. IT seems that Samsung only sells that one in Europe for now.

      And I might have info on UMPCs and MIDs from time to time, but I doubt I will write about smartphones here. Too much ground to cover and I’m the only author on the blog :)

  17. earlymusicus August 22, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Considering that all these things are built in China by people being paid slave wages, these corporations could lower the prices on these netbooks. They still cost too much, IMO, especially when you consider it probably cost the corporation $8 in a day’s wages for a Chinese slave factory worker to stick it together!

  18. rochelle September 28, 2010 at 1:16 am

    i currently own a toshiba satellite that’s been doing great these past two years (the only repairs on it so far was for water damage in the hinge after some severe flooding) so i am looking to get another toshiba for my first netbook.

    even with the newer models coming out from other manufacturers, do you think the NB305 is still a superior choice? also, what would you rather purchase: an NB305 or a Vaio W? do you have any other model suggestions from other japanese manufacturers (sorry, it’s a personal fetish/failing :D)?

    i’d appreciate any input — thanks!

    • Mike September 28, 2010 at 2:13 am

      Rochelle, the Vaio W is 25% more expensive than the Toshiba and it really doesn’t bring anything better, except the display perhaps, if you’re into HD 10 inch screens. That’s why I’m not one of its fans and that’s why i did not include it here.

      Right now I would go for that Asus 1015PEM like I said. Still, the Toshiba is good pick also (was my top one for many months), although I would expect if possible for the updated version with the dual-core N550 processor. It won’t be a lot faster, but every little bit matters on these low-performance devices…

      As for other Japanese netbooks, not, there aren’t any worth your time right now.

  19. Amie September 28, 2010 at 7:09 am

    thank you for this update.cannot wait when’ll be upgrade for Toshiba Mini Machine..

  20. thib October 25, 2010 at 9:37 am

    there a bit too much info to be fair (you first talk about price, then autonomy, then design, then confort)…but I recon this is a Huge help in this netbook jungle. Thanks Mike for the review.

    Since I’m really looking for massive autonomy and maximum storage capacity could you advise the latest “good deal”(for a reasonable price 250-350 euros)?

    • Mike October 26, 2010 at 8:12 am

      Thib, the 1015PED/PEM offer the best battery life and both can be found with 320 GB hard-drives

  21. Hugh November 6, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I know this is off the mark, but how does the iPad compare to netbooks generally? This site is extremely helpful. I struggle with comparisons of tech and you’ve brought it down to a level I can begin to grasp. Thank you.

  22. Harsha November 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    which is the best netbook on basis of overall performance. I am having lot of confusion in selecting the netbooks. As per reviews, ASUS 1015PEM seems to Good. Any any one can justify on this.

    • Mike November 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

      Harsha, the 1015PEM and 1015PN are the ones you should consider when speaking about power. The words about each of them in the post below should help you understand why.

  23. Sweetud November 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Mike, I should commend you for taking the time to share your knowledge here. Keep up the good work.

  24. Renee December 4, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Thanks so much for this – we’re new to the idea of netbooks, but after our 10-year-old asked for a laptop (for online gaming, YouTube watching), this seems like the route to go. Of course we’d like to pay as little for it as possible – which netbook would fit that bill? Seems from your reviews all would be equally qualified. I’m not worried too much about battery life – he can plug in and play near an outlet.

    Again, thanks for your write up. This is the best place I’ve found so far, and appreciate that you’re updating your info.

  25. Randy December 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    What are your thoughts on the overall performance/value of the Samsung N230 Series N230-11? Amazingly thin netbook, for sure…

  26. Brad December 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    VERY nice Mike and the updates are much appreciated to keep it current. May I suggest a spreadsheet format summary to more easily compare features across computers?

    • Mike December 14, 2010 at 4:09 am

      Brad, thanks for the feedback, I’ll try putting something like this together soon

  27. Ed December 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Great review, really helped me narrow down choices! I’m considering ASUS 1015PEM for my 10-yr old, what is difference between 1015PEM-MU17 ($329) and 1015PEM-PU17 ($369)?

  28. Ed December 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I believe the differences are: no bluetooth in MU17, shorter battery life (10 hrs MU17 vs 13 hrs PU17); and no USB 3.0 port in MU17 (MU17 has 3 USB2.0, and PU17 has 1 USB3.0 and 2 USB2.0).

    Amazon.com was sold out of the MU17 on 12/16, but has them back in stock today!

  29. Ellen December 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    What about the quality and ussefulness of EZ netbook with supposedly suggested retail for 499 offered free with IHeater purchase plus shipping?

  30. aminiesta December 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    hai mike,i’m little bit confuse about asus 10 inch netbook.what are the differences among EEEPC 1001P
    Asus 1015PED
    Asus 1015PEM
    Asus 1015PN .

    • Mike December 28, 2010 at 3:50 am

      Aminisesta, see the words about each of the in the post. Also, see the posts about each of them.

      For short though:

      1001P – entry level cheap version
      1015PED – mainstream version
      1015PEM – mainstream version + dual core N550 processor
      1015PN – poweful version – dual-core N550 CPU + Nvidia ION graphics (perhaps the most powerful netbook on the market right now)

  31. ckk January 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

    With the new mini Netbooks introduced at the 2011 CES, would you recommend Toshiba or HP (price range in the 300′s)? Thanks–

    • Mike January 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

      CKK, there are actually almost no new netbooks announced at CES, so nothing is changing in this class for the moment. Changes will come in the 11.6 and 12 inch classes priced around 450-500 bucks and I’ll update those posts in the near future.

  32. Chris January 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I am struggling to find a netbook review that focuses only on touch screens. It seems that the touch/non-touch is the first decision point in choosing a netbook. It is frustrating to sift through reviews that don’t apply to my search.

  33. Amber February 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I see that you are now recommending the Asus 1015PEM over the Toshiba NB305. Can you tell me which one is smaller/weighs less of the two? I am assuming that they are Wi-Fi capable, or is there anything extra I need to get in order to make them Wi-Fi capable? Also, if I am ordering on Amazon, can I upgrade to 2GB through them? – I am unsure of how to do this.

    • Mike February 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Both are Wi-Fi capable of course. On Amazon.com you can order an extra 2 GB memory module and you’ll have to install it yourself, It’s actually very easy.

      Both of them are actually pretty much teh same in erms of weight, around 2.7-2.8 pounds with a 6 cell battery. I would go for the PU17 as this one comes with a bigger battery than the MU17 version.

  34. Amber February 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

    With regards to the Asus 1015PEM, would you recommend the PU-17 or the MU-17?

  35. Mazzy February 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

    How About Inspiron Duo ?
    It’s 10″, HD LCD, Hybrid with tablet mode. Nice built. It’s on expensive side, but good quality N550/2GB/320HD/GPS.

  36. Mike H February 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Haven’t read anything about a netbook with ability to play video smoothly. Don’t really care about price but large hard drive and at least 2 gb mem would be good. USB ports. 8-11 hours battery. Any recommendations. Was told to look for video memory 256, systek bus 667 mhz, intel graphics media accelerator but bottom line is I just would really like a recommendation for a small netbook 10 inch screen, big hard drive that can play video smoothly and is light weight. thanks

    • Mike February 12, 2011 at 2:36 am

      Mike H, you won’t find anything like that. The fastest 10 inch netbook is the asus 1015PN, can play HD content and some clips. However you’ll only get around 5-6 hours of life, and that while running basic apps.

      If you want something for gaming,m you can also check the Alienware M11x. it’s slightly bigger than a standard netbook and battery life is poor, but besides that is pretty good

  37. Mike H February 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Forgot to mention that Asus 1018 was choppy video and I returned it.

    mike

  38. Mike H February 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Thanks Mike. I really did want a small netbook. Do you know if the Asus 1015PN can play video from a website like Hulu. Looking for a small device to travel with bring movies or connect to hotspots and watch movies from sites like Hulu. Or… should I wait 6-8 months for some next generation of better mini netbooks. Thanks

    • Mike February 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Yes Mike, it can play Hulu. THere are also these new devices with AMD Fusion onboard, perhaps you can check them out too. I’m looking to get my hands on them pretty soon and will update this post once I’m convinced they are actually good

  39. Mike H February 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I look forward to hearing back from you on the performance of the AMD Fusion and what devices have that built-in. I’ve marked my post here to email me when you send an update after seeing the performance yourserlf. One final question. Do you know why the Asus 1015PN would play Hulu video smoothly when the 1018PB I tried was really choppy?

    • Mike February 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      Will play Hulu because it has a better processor and way better graphics

  40. Charlie February 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Hi, I’m in the market for a netbook and have since read many reviews. What would you recommend? And what’s the difference between Asus 1015PEM and Asus 1015PN?

    Cheers.

    • Mike February 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

      Charlie, the answer for your question is inside this post and also there’s one of my comments speaking exactly about it.

  41. Charlie February 17, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Sweet Mike thanks, I didn’t read some of the earlier posts but now sorted!

    Rock on…

  42. Don February 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Mike, What is Asus’ newest netbook? All the numbers are kinda confusing. Thanks.

    • Mike February 21, 2011 at 1:16 am

      The newest is perhaps the 1001PX (not included here yet). Still, all the ones in here are current models still on sale, so it’s not really important which is the latest, but which is the best for what you need

  43. Amber February 25, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I am ready to purchase the Asus 1015PEM PU-17. However, I read about the ASUS 1015PW – the article says that it is basically the ASUS 1015PEM, but with a different shell design. Is this true? First and foremost, I want the best notebook – the shell is obviously secondary. However, if it’s the same computer with a different shell, I might consider it.

    • Mike February 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Yea, it’s the same computer with a different shell. However it’s not yet available and i don’t know exactly when it will be…

  44. hoasim March 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Mike, how about the ASUS Eee PC 1015PN Netbook With Intel Atom N570 Processor? Is it much better? what about the price?

  45. sharon March 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

    which laptop is better hp mini 310-3549tu or acer aod255e-n578q…please help me to choose…thanks

    • Mike March 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      Sharon, can’t say which is better for you. And i couldn’t find that particular model on HP Mini. Still, based on the fact that the Acer you mentioned comes with n570 and 2 GB of memory in the listings i found online, plus 8 cell battery, that’s almost the best you can get on a 10 incher these days. And this particular Acer Aspire One series is quite solid built and reliable, so I doubt you would feel sorry for picking a laptop in this line.

  46. Sacha April 25, 2011 at 4:02 am

    I research netbooks frequently and you have the best and most current reviews available. The reviews actually help people make decisions on their netbook purchases. Thank you.

  47. Mdorner0 May 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    This is a great site. I am in the process or researching a mini for a six week trip to Europe. Last time I lugged an Inspiron 1525 around Europe for three months but this time I’m taking a mini. Thanks for the up to date reviews. I will be comparing them over the next few months finding exactly what I need. Great site. Thanks.

  48. Lehofmann May 24, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Mike, thank you for a thorough and very thoughtful review. It is probably the best I’ve read in the last week since I have been considering a net book. With all that said I am still a bit challenged to make a decision of the move is right for me as where I live there are few places to see these products and a decidedly limited number of options to see in person. So here is my dilemma.

    I have worked on laptops for years. Lat year I stepped up from 15.6″ t a HP dv7 -17″ model. While I am happy with the performance, for my needs, this monster is getting tougher to carry. I fly several times a month and frankly it is impossible to open and work on q 17″ laptop on a plane, at least in coach. Even a 15.6 is very tough. So I am looking for a netbook to use when traveling. I generally run outlook (2007), word, excel (3-5 tabs) and perhaps foxfire at the same time. My fear is that this is too much. As for video, I do not game but do stream you-tube and netflix. I am considering one of the following.
    Asus 1015 PME
    Samsung NF310
    Toshiba 520
     Do you think any or all of these would meet my needs? I need a starting pint or to know if I’m wasting my time.
    Thanks for your help.

    • Mike May 25, 2011 at 8:12 am

      Hey there. All the devices you mentioned are pretty much the same in terms of hardware: Atom N550 cpu, 1 GB of Ram, Windows Starter. Now, I’m not sure if you ever used a netbook before or any other device with such processors.

      I always say netbooks are good machines as long as you know what to expect from them. For your needs, they should be OK. However, opening outlook will be slower than on a regular netbook and opening apps in general. As for excel, word, etc, you shouldn’t have any problems with those, unless those excels are humongous, which means it will take some time to load them or switch between tabs.

      Also, all these netbooks will support Youtube and Netflix, but only up to 720p (and in some cases 720p clips might not work, based on bitrate).

      Now, my advice for you is to shoot a little higher and go for a 11.6 or 12 inch device, preferably something with AMD E-350 hardware inside, like the HP DM1, the Lenovo Thinkpad x120e or the Asus 1215B. They are 15-20% more expensive, but I for one consider them the portable laptops with the best price/features-performance ratio.

      There are also posts about 11.6 inch and 12 inch laptops here on the site, you can check them out for more info.

      Now, I’m not saying those netbooks you mentioned are bad. No, they are some of the best 10 inchers on the market, but they are designed to be portable and energy efficient, not powerful, that’s why some might hate the everyday performance levels they’re able to offer.

      • Lehofmann May 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

        thanks so much for your insights. I’ll let you know what I decide and my experience. 

      • Lehofmann May 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm

        Mike, New thought while I am still making a decision. I would think this applies to all netbooks but certainly those that are Windows based. Is it possible to set up a sync using Active Sync or Windows Mobile Device Center to easily pass files back and forth. If a netbook is not your primary pc it is most likely a secondary. In my case something light to do work travel with. Initially I was thinking of using an SD or thumb drive to move files back and forth or copy via network sharing, but if it was possible to set up an automatic sync like with my mobile phone that would be sweet. Any insights?

      • Mike June 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

        That is surely possible.

        I for one use Dropbox.com for syncing some folders between multiple computers (i have two desktops and two laptops i usually use :( ). I can also sync it with my iPad or an Android phone. It’s free for 2 GB of storage and you have to pay if you need more space. But it also saves a copy of your files online and that’s quite nice, as a dual backup.

  49. Erfaan21 June 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I am looking for cheap net book, not able to decide which one to buy. Any help will be highly appreciated ^^

  50. Lehofmann June 16, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Mike, I’ve narrowed teh field as best i can but now need some guidance. My budget tops out about about $350 and I’ve narrowed the hunt to tow models, Asus 1015PN MU17 with N550 and NIVIDIA Ion graphics or Asus 1215P MU17 with same processor but GMA 1350. The 1015PN has more bells, like Bluetooth, HDMI and longer battery life while the 1215P has presumably slower graphics but larger real estate. Unfortunately I can not find a 12″ netbook to physically look at for comparison. Both models, with a an upgrade to 2GB DDR3 will run me about $350 delivered. I do not mid teh small screen but am a bit concerned about the smaller keyboard since I have not been able to do a head to head comparison.

    Since you have hands on with both, for the same money should I go for greater graphic and features or more real estate.  As noted before, main use is business apps ( word, Excel and pdf) surfing and streaming movies on netflix.

    Help Please

    • Mike June 17, 2011 at 8:32 am

      well, can’t you get any 10 inch eee pc? they should be available in stores? The keyboard on the 1015PN is identical to the one on all the 1015 line.

      ON the 1215P it is also definitely a little bit larger, it’s a full-size, while on 10 incher is a 93% of a full-size one.

      Howeve,r are you aware of the limitations you get on the 1015PN with Windows 7 Starter? This OS does not support Optimus so you don’t get that good battery life unless you upgrade to HOme Premium. And given the needed 2 Gigs memory upgrade as well, will get you way past your budget…

      • Lehofmann June 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm

        Yes, I had checked out a couple of 10″ models, Acer and Asus. I found some of the keys  more of a challenge on the Acer than on the Asus, Particularly right shift and back space. As youc an tell from my note above I suffer from “fat finger” even though my hands are not that big.
        I did not realize about the the Windows 7 Starter vs Optimus. That really sucks. I found an Asus 1215B with Window 7 HP, for about $40 more. Would you recommend I spend the extra and go with that model? I was pretty excited about the 1015PN until you gave me the bad news;-(

      • Mike June 20, 2011 at 6:49 am

        if that 1215b comes with AMD e-350 APU than yes. see my review for that unit here on the site

  51. Angiehnursing37 July 13, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Thank you so much for your review on netbooks! I read so many online reviews that were not helpful and did not bring me any closer to making a decision.  You broke down the options so clearly with the 3 categories and your choices seem spot on.  Thanks again! 

  52. terb July 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    wow, what a nice site. thanks for the info. i really need these this time that i’m planning to buy a new netbook. more power to you!

  53. Mdorner0 July 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Mike, On the Amazon website it shows that the   ASUS Eee PC 1015PX-MU17-RD is the updated version of the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-MU17-WT which is reviewed above. Is that correct, and would it be safe to say that your review would cover both models? Thank you.

  54. Christy Warren August 19, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Thank you so much for putting this together for me.  You seem to really know the market and you have saved me a tremendous amount of time.

  55. Eric_granada November 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Your reviews are great however, im in great need of the samsung N150 battery. Would you mind telling me the price?

  56. Benmurithi November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hey Mike love your site on netbooks however I noted the first solar powered samsung netbook did not appear in your list is there anything we should know about this

    • Mike November 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      well, because it’s not that good to be mentioned in here

      • Ctagious May 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Hi Mike! I’ve been visiting this site quite a lot these days, not only because you are so handsome, but also it helps a lot :)

        Anyway, my concern is re:  intel atom n2600/n2800 netbooks. Please help me. Im torn between SAMSUNG NC110, LENOVO S110 and MSI WIND U180. They all have the same prices but here are the differences:

        samsung nc110 – 6600 mah battery, atom n2600
        msi wind u180  - 5200 mah battery, atom n2800 (actually US$10 less)
        lenovo s110       – 4400 mah battery, atom n2800

        I’m leaning towards samsung nc110 because of the 6600 mah, but im bothered by n2600. However, I’ve learned that it has a 3.5W TDP so it might still be better. Is the difference between n2600 vs n2800 that big? Is the 0.23ghz in clockspeed difference and 200mhz graphics base frequency difference with them is noticeable in everyday use such as playing facebook games, watching youtube videos and playing downloaded 720p videos?

        Thanks so much in advance! I trust your advice :)

  57. Komatsu_edu February 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

    For a long time looked for a good site to speak the truth about netbooks. Congratulations, this site is great. I’ve had two netbooks. First in 2009 had an EEE PC 1000HE, I was very happy with the purchase. In 2011 I switched to an ASUS 1015PE, but not really liked his performance. This week I am about to buy my third netbook. I am thinking of Asus 1015BX (AMD c50) or1025C(n2800).The difference is 50 euros. How do you think about these two netbooks. What would be the best option with HDMI to the value from 260 to 310 euros in the European market?

  58. Peter O April 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Mike. Thanks for the great reviews here. One of the best sites I’ve found so far.

    With the rise of tablets it does look like the niche for netbooks is getting smaller, but they definitely still serve a need. I’m on the lookout for one to take along traveling and though I have a tab as well, I need a real keyboard (or drive myself mad typing on touchscreen).I’m trying to decide between the 1015px (and upgrade it to 2gb) or the 1025ce. Based on your experience, which one would you go for? The upgraded 1015px or the more recent 1025ce. I won’t be using it for anything heavy, just some browsing, docs use and uploading pictures. 

    • Mike April 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Both of them are good. The 1025Ce is a bit snappier and offers way better graphics, thus you’ll be able to play HD content on it. There’s also HDMI output. But you don’t seem to care about these.

      With that in mind, the screen, keyboard and trackpad (with some differences) are the same.

      The 1025CE is slightly redesigned but the older PX wasn’t bad either. It did get a glossy screen bezel though…

      So, your pick. I don’t know how much you’d have to pay for the 1015PX these days but if it’s let’s say 30-50 bucks cheaper than the newer version, you could consider it if you want to save cache. If the price gap is smaller, go for the 1025CE.

      So, the only reason to pick the older PX would be to save some money.

  59. Michael June 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    This is a great site, fantastic information.

    Here’s my question/situation: I’m a first-time netbook buyer, and am trying to decide among available options – which are not so numerous, since I live in Tanzania.

    Currently, my best options appear to be either an Acer D270 (local cost around US$360) or a Samsung NC110-P01NG (local cost $450).

    I would be very grateful for any thoughts you could share!

    • Mike June 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      HEi Michael.

      The Samsung is better built, looks more stylish, has a better keyboard and a matte display (hopefuly I’m right, for that particular model, I haven’t got to test it but I did test older NC110s). The Acer is a cheaper device and I’m not really fond of it’s keyboard, glossy exterior and glossy display. If you can afford it, go for the Samsung. Otherwise, the Acer shoudl do it.

      One more thing, I know taht you can upgrade memory on the Acer, but I’m not sure on the Samsung…

  60. Michael June 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

    The $450 price is for the upper end Samsung – so it already has the memory upgrade to 2gb, as well as the faster ATOM (1.86 ghz) and the bigger 500 GB HDD. My understanding was that net books usually max out the memory at 2gb – is that correct? Or did you mean that the Acer memory could be upgraded even further than that?

    And I certainly agree about the keyboards – I’ve now taken an in-person look at both and the Samsung is far superior.

    Thanks again for your advice.

    • Mike June 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      The new generation netbooks built on Intel’s CedarTrail platforms (Atom N2600 and N2800) can take up to 4 GBs of RAM. However, in order to use all of them, you’ll need a 64 bit OS, and the drivers for the Atom CPU on 64 bit Windows 7 are awful. So, this means even if you’ll get 4 GBs of ram inside the unit, you’ll only be able to use 3 of them on the “working” 32 bit Windows.

  61. cole June 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    so i’ve been reading netbook reviews for days and i’ve narrowed it down to an asus.
    i have a few questions though and was hoping that you could help out.
    i’m thinking either 1025c/1025ce or the 1015b.
    i understand that if i upgrade windows then i can put more than 1 gb of ram inside?
    is this true for the 1025 series as well?

    and i don’t really care about the price, i’d just like to get the best computer.
    which one would you recommend?
    thanks!

    • Mike June 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Cole, unfortunately with the 1025c/ce things are complicated and it’s very very difficult to upgrade the memory. If you can find the new Samsung NC110 with Intel Atom N2800, i think that’s the one I would recommend right now

  62. qasim July 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    well, very good post. kindly tell me something about dell notebooks. is it good to purchase dell mii 10 or similer one.

    • Mike July 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      I don’t have a lot of experience with Dell mini laptops so i can’t tell you many things about them. They are good, i just find them a bit too bulky and overpriced. If you’re interested in a particular model, post it in here and maybe I can provide some extra insight on it.

  63. Maxkidd August 7, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Hi Mike!

    Samsung NC110 with intel atom N2600 or HP Mini 210 with intel atom N2800?
    Is the 1.6Ghz vs 1.86Ghz be a huge difference? (i.e. slower speeds)

    Max

    • Mike August 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      I’d take the HP. It’s not really a big difference between the two, but the N2800 also comes bundled with faster graphics and at this level, every bit of extra speed counts

  64. purnima August 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    hi Mike, this is really a very informative site :)
    i need ur help, actually i am a researcher and need a netbook for writting thesis so netbook should have nice kyeboard, portable, faster browsing speed, cheaper, good storage capacity and in different colours…… plz help me in selecting it

    • purnima August 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      what do u think about Asus EEE PC 1015PN

      • Mike August 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        It’s good, but it’s an older generation laptop. You should also Check the Samsung NC110 or the HP 5103, they have very good keyboards as well

      • purnima August 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        thanx mike… :)

  65. john September 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Do you know if the Asus 1025 machines can stream 1080p HD video smoothly from the BBC’s iplayer website? If you’re not in the UK you may not be able to test this but I’m trying to identify a machine that can do this and has long battery life. (If it’s not too sluggish without upgrading memory, that would be an advantage too.) But I’ve had little success in finding a website that gives information on streaming iplayer. Have you been able to try it? Any recommendations would be welcome.

    • Mike September 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Hey John, sry, i can’t test that particular player since I no longer have the 1025s around. In theory the 1025ce with the N2800 and 2 GB of RAM should handle that easily… in practice, I don’t know, there might be issues with these third party players.

      I for one tried youtube and vimeo, 1080p, and they worked fine. But I don’t know what o say about that. I know that HD Hulu was a bit sluggish on this platform though, but at the time I tested these, the drivers were still quite young

  66. john September 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Just to clarify my earlier post, the reason I want to stream 1080p video is to feed it onto an HD television. (Obviously, the benefit of 1080 video is going to be imperceptible on a 10 inch netbook screen!)

  67. Ruby October 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I heard that there is a mini notebook 10 inch from dell it comes with core i3. Is this true and if so would you please give me the number of the module. VERY USEFUL ARTICLE BIG THANKS

    • Mike October 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      no, there’s no 10 incher with a Core I processor, you’ll only find those on 12 inch and bigger devices. Plus some expensive 11.6 inchers

  68. Flytrap7 November 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Any sign of the 1025B or 1025BX from Asus yet? I keep checking back on this page every few weeks.
    I’m looking to replace my aging Eee 901 with something that can play HD video, has USB 3 slots, and upgradable memory.

  69. Miki November 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Mike, what is your opinion on the MSI notebooks?

    • Mike November 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      I’m not really fond of them but there are some decent models. Which particular MSI laptop are you looking at?

  70. April January 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Hey Mike, great site!

    I’m looking to buy a 10in netbook with an n2800 processor. I can’t decide though between these brands:

    Toshiba
    HP
    Samsung
    Acer
    Asus

    Out of those listed, assuming they’re all dual-core with n2800, which would you recommend? I’m not too picky about the keyboard, but would like good battery life.

    And do you think it’d be better to buy them brand new, or used?

  71. saito August 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    So can someone tell me if it’s comfortable to write articles on this gadget, I would prefer it if can sort me out.

  72. Lee Burnham October 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I have enjoyed your articles and intend to start following your work more carefully. I realize this is a lot to ask but advice would be appreciated.

    I teach online at the University of Phoenix and travel a lot.

    I bought an Acer Aspire One Netbook with an extended battery. So awesome for using on the plane and it would last me for an entire day of travel. Just sometimes a little small for my eyes in my old age (71). I decked it out with a custom stick-on wood grain surface (from Amazon.com) and really loved it.

    Then I was enticed by my son’s ASUS Transformer Android tablet. I bought one and gave my Acer to my grandson. I love my tablet which also completely made my Kindle Fire obsolete. I read on it, email on it and also teach online with it BUT I have somewhat changed my responsibilities in a way that requires me to edit a lot of MSWord documents. I can’t do that on my Android Tablet.

    So because I was in a pinch financially I ran down to the pawnshop and bought another Acer Aspire One machines for $90.00 and use it to edit – but it is a little small. But it is easy to stick in my briefcase and pull out on the plane.

    I had thought to replace them all with a new windows 8 tablet but oh ouch, the money they want. I looked at the Surface Pro2, the Dell and the Lenovo. Decided that replacing my beloved Android Tablet with a Windows 8 tablet is probably not going to happen soon as they all seem to have drawbacks. So the next step is to find a reasonable replacement for my little Acer Aspire. But with what?

    What is the best 11.5 or 12 inch machine mainly for ms word editing and use on the plane when I travel as an adjunct to my Android Tablet? Options?

    Lee Burnham Ph.D.
    Rocky Mountain Center for Human Development
    University Faculty and Dissertation Chair

  73. Sam foong December 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hi, pls suggest me to choose a notebook.
    I need the thin and light model but it must consist of USB port also.
    Very confusing.
    Friend suggest me to buy imac air.

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