They’re crunching the laptop market but the jury’s still out on how useful these cut-price, cut-function laptops are. We say the sales figures speak for themselves. Most people agree that what netbooks have going for them are price and portability. And since price is the netbook trump card we’ve dug deep into online retailers and come up with the five best netbooks for under £200.
Some of the netbook biggies weigh in far above that: the top of the market Sony Vaio P-series Lifestyle PC is perhaps overpriced at £849, and the pioneering model from Asus, the Eee PC 901 costs £299. Prices vary from retailer to retailer so check before buying, and note that netbooks that operate on the Linux OS are cheaper than those that run Windows. All offer internet access and text-editing.
Deals are also available on mobile contracts, where customers pay around £20 a month for a mobile-internet connection and get the netbook for free, but we’ve looked at flat-out buying hardware that works with wifi though of course you can choose a mobile internet deal afterwards.
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