Mini Laptops, Mini Note Books, Acer Aspire One
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Mini laptops or note books are the starting to gain popularity.
These are all mini notebooks screens 8.9” about 1-2gb max ram and with mobile processors like the intel atom. What this means is that these aren’t the most powerful mobiles computers but a good mix of power and portability from packages that offer the same basic capabilities as desktop computers.
These are marketed toward students, travelers, business people, those with a desktop computer who want more mobility, and also to first time computer buyers. After researching this emerging category for mobile computers, I’ve found the Dell Mini 9, HP2133, and Acer Aspire One.
Take for example the Acer Aspire One these currently are hard to find and selling out, why, because they are planning to sell in the 350-400 price range for models with 120 gb AOA150-1570 and 160 gb hard drives. Out of the three listed above this model would be my pick are here’s why.
Cost this is the least expensive and you still get an 8.9” screen mini laptop, Windows XP home, an intel Atom processor, and most importantly you get 120gb of hard disk.
The solid state memory are known to have better battery time and may be faster but only come in 16gb max at competitive pricing, 16gb vs 120 gb is no match, considering this is the capacity that will store the operating system, programs and any personal files. One recommendation no matter what the laptop is get the largest hard drive that you can afford.
Considering the specs and the price as well as the fact that the it still they all are about the same size and style the Acer Aspire One with 120gb or 160gb is your best bet.
One thing to consider about operating systems is that Windows XP home, or vista will have a lot of software and support. If you purchase the windows model you could even uninstall windows and install ubuntu linux free (downloaded from the internet) while having the original windows disc to reinstall. If you get the ubuntu linux version you’ll have to pay for a windows disc if you wanted to install windows (which would most likely occurs for software compatibility.
So why choose Ubuntu linux and what is it? Ubuntu Linux an open source based operating system which means it’s a free version of software that does much of the same functions of windows. If you will use the mini laptop mainly as a mobile solution, use a lot of web apps such as free web based email and google docs or prefer the free openoffice.org over Microsoft office, then a mini laptop with Ubuntu Linux is available cutting the cost of the mini laptops even more.
The lowest priced mini laptops usually start with Linux so be sure to look over the specs to get exactly what you want.
That’s why we are starting to see more web browsers because if there’s ubuntu linuxs (free) and openoffice.org (free), email (gmail, hotmail, yahoo mail, etc.) (also free) then why pay for Microsoft Windows, or Microsoft Office, which is ofcourse the subject of a separate blog and only relevant to mini laptops because of cost.
These laptops are popular because they sacrifice performance of more expensive laptops but offer great value in being what they are support to be, mobile computers. They are affordable because they offer computing at 350-400 a price range competitive with video game consoles like xbox 360 and PS3 and even the iphone and itouch yet they are fully functional mobile computers.
They contain as much mobile power for 350 as was available about 3 years ago for 3500, 10 times as much. This trend along with one laptop per child, open source software, free web based software, openoffice, etc, will allow more people to have technology as their resource.