A mini laptop is a small version of the popular laptop computer, also known as a NetBook. These mini laptops generally cost hundreds of dollars less than the larger laptops, and most now are able to run Windows XP, and Vista. They are quite small, but much more powerful than the ones that were out just a couple of years ago. Those often ran obscure versions of Linux or Unix.
Bear in mind, you will not get the blazing graphics and speed of a larger true laptop. The keyboards and screens are scaled down. Usually, the screens are around 10 inches.
If you are in the market for a portable computer for your high school, or college student and are on a tight budget, then a mini laptop might be what you need. Quite a few of the mini laptops on the market have similar specifications, but might vary in the size and usability of its screen and keyboard.
Here are a few Mini Laptops for your consideration.
HP 2133 Mini-Note PC
HP’s entry into the NetBook market has its good and bad points as you might expect. One of the best things to recommend this Mini Laptop is its low price. It costs just $209.00. What do you get for this modest price? Sadly not as much performance as you might like. Of course, you do get what you pay for. The screen size is just 8.9 inches. Good eyesight is a must for these mini laptops. The processor is a 1.6 GHz Via C7-M. It has 2GB of DDR memory, and a 120 GB hard drive. It runs the Windows Vista Business Operating System. On the plus side, is the nearly full size keyboard. If price is your bottom line, the HP will work for you.
Asus Eee PC 1005 HA
Asus has a low price with its offering. The median price runs just $314.00, while the specs seem similar to the HP, there are minor differences. The processor is an Intel Atom 1.60GHz, 1GB of DDR2 memory, and a 120 GB hard drive. It runs Windows XP. The battery lasts 6 hours. The screen size here is a tad larger than the HP at 10.6 inches. This Mini Laptop is still within range for those with a tight budget.
Dell Inspiron Mini 10V
Dell’s Mini Laptop is at the higher end of the price spectrum, retailing for $536.00. On the outside it would appear to be little different than the first two minis mentioned here. 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB DDR2 memory, and a 160 GB hard drive. However the main difference here is that the Dell runs Windows 7 starter for small notebooks.
Samsung Go N310
This Mini Laptop comes in several bright colors, but has much of the same in the way of power. Again we see a 1.6 Intel Atom processor, and 1 GB of memory. However it does boast a larger hard drive, at 250 GB, and a 10.1 inch screen. The operating system is Windows XP SP3. The Samsung costs $449.00.
Sony Vaio NetBook W111
Once again we see the same basic specifications on the Sony Vaio as we have seen previously. The cost is a bit more, $499.00. However, you get a high definition 1366 x 768 resolution on the 10.1 inch screen. So perhaps the price is worth it.