The wholesalse netbook market is new, and constantly in flux. More and more people become crazy for netbooks. Netbooks, also known as Mini notebook, are perfect travel companions and meet basic computing needs, including e-mailing, web surfing, and document creation. Best of all, these low-powered machines cost less than the standard-issue laptop.
In this netbook buying guide, we explain what models are available to you today.
A 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor
This CPU isn't going to pack a ton of power, but it will suffice for your basic computing needs. Most recent Mini notebook use Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU, but you can also find some models with the 1.66GHz Atom n280, which also has a faster frontside bus speed (667MHz versus 533MHz in the N270).
A 10-inch screen
You'll find netbooks with screens smaller than 10 inches, and these models will suit some people just fine. But if you can, opt for a larger model; that slight bit of extra room will make a noticeable difference.
A 120GB hard drive
A netbooks usually has 60GB hard drives. But don't limit yourself to such a small amount of storage when you can find models with 120GB--or larger - hard drives for the same price.
At least two USB ports
Many netbooks mini notebooks offer three, but some of the smaller models have only two. You don't need to settle for less than that.
A modest three-cell battery usually is provided, which will last about 2.5 hours. If you want to stay productive on your netbook while traveling, you'll probably need to buy an oversize, extended-life battery to power your machine. You can find optional six-cell batteries for about $100.
A well-laid out keyboard
You know you'll be compromising on size when you purchase a netbook, and that applies to the keyboard, too. But smaller doesn't have to mean unusable. Look for a model with a keyboard that is well designed and nicely laid out. Make sure the mouse buttons are sensibly positioned, too.