Best Netbooks

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 14, 2017
Laptops were originally designed to be mobile, but they are often rather heavy to carry around all day. And what if you urgently need to use your computer? That's when netbooks come in. Lightweight and small, yet highly functional. Our netbook review will help you choose the best netbook. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS
There is a full-sized keyboard in this Acer netbook. Together with this netbook, you will receive a full-year subscription to a Microsoft Office 365 Personal. Additionally, this Acer netbook has a long battery life.
CONS
The viewing angles of this Acer netbook are rather small.
OUR VERDICT
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook will ideally suit for basic office needs. The model brags a convenient keyboard and a big touchpad for enhanced convenience of use. It also provides consumers with 1TB of Microsoft cloud storage.
detailed parameters
Display
14" 1366 x 768p
Weight
3.5 pounds
OS
Windows 10 Home
CPU
Intel Celeron Dual-Core 1.6 GHz
RAM
2GB
Drive
64GB
CLOUD STORAGE
1 TB (1 year)
Ports
2x USB (2.0, 3.0) 1x HDMI with HDCP support 1x Headphones 1x SD card reader
Battery life
Up to 12 hours
Material
Plastic
PROS
HP Stream 11 netbook has a scratch-resistant finish and a TrueVision HD web camera with a built-in double mic. You will definitely want to use it since with this item you will receive 60 minutes of international calls for free!
CONS
The trackpad might be a bit inconvenient. The OS backup takes half of the disk space.
OUR VERDICT
A great ergonomic netbook of a really bold color. You will definitely be noticed! This model of HP netbook is good both for work and entertainment. If you need help finding something, just ask Cortana!
detailed parameters
Display
13.3", 11.6" 1366 x 768p
Weight
2.6 pounds
OS
Windows 10 Home
CPU
Intel Celeron Dual-Core 1.6 GHz
RAM
2 GB
Drive
32 GB
CLOUD STORAGE
1 TB (1 year)
Ports
2x USB (2.0, 3.0) 1x HDMI 1x Headphone/Mic 1x Media reader
Battery life
Up to 10 hours 45 minutes
Material
Plastic with essential coverage
PROS
Among the pros of this Acer netbook, there are, above all, its compact size and light weight, as well as a high assembly quality despite the low price. Also, it is made of a durable material.
CONS
There is no option to work with traditional computer programs on this netbook's OS.
OUR VERDICT
If you’d like to stand out from the crowd, this Chromebook will make your day. Not only does it boast eye-catchy, stylish design, but also wide viewing angles and anti-glare display. All you may need to keep at hand is right here for you.
detailed parameters
Display
11.6" 1366 x 768p
Weight
2.4 pounds
OS
Chrome OS
CPU
Intel Celeron Dual-Core 2.16 GHz
RAM
2GB
Drive
16GB
CLOUD STORAGE
100 GB (2 year)
Ports
2x USB (2.0, 3.0) 1x HDMI 1x SD card reader 1x Headphones
Battery life
Up to 9 hours
Material
Aluminum
PROS
This HP netbook includes various applications, popular games, and Chrome extensions. The display of this netbook features an IPS panel with an anti-glare coating.
CONS
This netbook has no cooler so it runs quietly but can get warmer during operation.
OUR VERDICT
This compact-size netbook features high optimization for Google Hangouts, excellent noise reduction as well as additional console for easy access to web-based management tools.
detailed parameters
Display
11.6" 1366 x 768p
Weight
2.8 pounds
OS
Chrome OS
CPU
Intel Celeron Dual-Core 2.16 GHz
RAM
2GB
Drive
16GB
CLOUD STORAGE
100 GB (2 year)
Ports
2x USB (2.0, 3.0) 1x HDMI 1x Headphones/Mic 1x Media reader
Battery life
Up to 6.5 hours
Material
Plastic
PROS
Apple mini notebook of the highest quality with a big resolution. The netbook's OS provides complete data sync with all your other Apple devices via a single account. It also ensures stable operation and anti-viral protection.
CONS
There are neither HDMI nor Ethernet ports in this mini laptop.
OUR VERDICT
This is one of the best highly-capable netbooks from a well-known Apple brand that boasts reliable OS and overall performance. Of all the netbooks, this one is more than others favored by users for business needs and office presentations.
detailed parameters
Display
13.3", 11.6" 1440 x 900p
Weight
2.96 pounds
OS
OS X Yosemite
CPU
Intel Core i5 Dual-Core 1.6 GHz
RAM
4GB
Drive
256GB SSD
CLOUD STORAGE
5 GB (permanent)
Ports
2x USB 3.0 1x Thunderbolt 2 1х Headphones 1x SD card slot
Battery life
Up to 12 hours
Material
Aluminum

What is a Netbook

A modern netbook is a portable device, which is different from a traditional laptop due to its high ergonomics, compactness, small weight, and longer battery life. Netbooks are, of course, inferior to laptops in terms of performance, but if you need a mobile device with a standard keyboard to surf the Internet, use office applications, check your e-mail, or even watch your favorite movies during a trip, then a netbook is all you need.

You can choose powerful, sensor, and gaming laptops in our reviews of Best Gaming Laptops, Best Touchscreen Laptops, and Best Chromebooks. And here we offer you a netbook review with 5 best up-to-date netbooks and their key features.

What Features to Compare

When you decide to purchase a netbook, same as with laptops, the first thing you should pay attention to is the device's Performance. The performance depends on various factors. For example, the processor may be manufactured by either Intel or AMD. Nowadays, the netbook manufacturers prefer Intel CPUs, as they have lower power consumption and are overall better suited for computing operations. Then, there is also a RAM, a type of volatile memory, where the data are stored until the power is cut off, a short-term memory. Larger RAM provides for better multitasking of the device. A graphic processing unit's (GPU) is in charge of processing images and textures. In general, netbooks have an integrated GPU. After that, look at the drive type. There are 2 main types of drives used in netbooks, HDD and SSD flash drives. The main advantages you get by purchasing a netbook with an SSD drive are a high speed of data access, small weight, and tolerance to shaking, as they do not have mechanical parts. As for HDDs, their main advantage is a lower price. The larger the drive capacity is, the more data you can store there. Also, it is worth mentioning that almost all netbooks have a preinstalled operation system. The most popular OSs for netbooks are Windows and Chrome.

The second major parameter is your mini notebook's Image Quality. Modern netbooks usually have a screen size from 10" to 14", and the resolution from 1024x600 to 1920x1080 pixels. Higher resolution means a higher image detail on the screen. You should also take into account the display panel technology. It can be a TN panel or an IPS panel. The TN panels are cheaper and have smaller viewing angles, but at the same time, they can boast a much better response time between 1-5 ms. And the IPS panels provide brighter colors and viewing angles for them reach 178 degrees. There are also netbooks with touchscreens, so you will be able to use them as tablets.

The autonomous operation efficiency depends on the netbook's Power Supply and Battery. Most manufacturers use batteries with 2-4 cells and the capacity of 3000-5000 mAh in their small laptops. With such a battery the netbook's autonomous operation time may reach 10-12 hours. Of course, it can also be affected by the screen diagonal and brightness, as high brightness requires more energy and, as a result, the operational time of the battery decreases drastically.

And the last thing we recommend you to consider is the netbook's Design and Ergonomics. Today you can find a netbook of any color and design. The netbook's appearance should correspond to your personal style and way of life. The most ergonomic models of netbooks are those of small sizes. They are thin and lightweight, you will easily fit such devices into your bag and won't even feel their weight. Then, choose the material of your future mini laptop. In most cases netbooks are made of either aluminum or plastic. The devices with an aluminum casing will be more durable; they are also more resistant to external actions. As for netbooks with a plastic casing, they are, first of all, cheaper. Few up-to-date netbook models (usually, those with touchscreens) have a screen that you can tilt at almost any angle, so you will purchase two devices in one.

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Acer AO1-431-C7F9

Performance

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook mini laptop offers a great performance, especially if you use it for surfing the Internet. Web pages will open quickly, the video will be played perfectly, and also this netbook supports multitasking. All of this the device owes to the Intel Celeron N3050 processor with the 1.6GHz frequency, which can be automatically increased to 2.16GHz if needed, using the Intel Burst technology. This Acer netbook features 2GB RAM with an internal 64GB memory for data storage. The OS installed here is Windows 10 Home, and when you purchase this netbook you will additionally get a year-long subscription to the Microsoft Office 365 Personal. The benefits include 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and other bonuses.

Image Quality

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook netbook has a wonderful 14" widescreen HD display with an LED backlighting. The display backlighting is intended to enhance your experience of watching photos, video, and also to make your work with your mini laptop much more comfortable regardless of the place you are at the moment. The display resolution for this Acer netbook is 1366 x 768 pixels, a fairly decent resolution for this diagonal of the screen.

Power Supply and Battery

The autonomous operation time for this Acer Aspire One Cloudbook mini notebook is on par with the top netbook models on the market. This Acer netbook has a three-cell battery of a 4780 mAh capacity. This implies that the mini laptop is able to work for up to 12 hours without the need for recharging. It is pretty convenient and efficient, especially if you compare it to some other models, most of which tend to work autonomously for 6-7 hours at best.

Design and Ergonomics

Ergonomics- and design-wise, Aspire One Cloudbook is a thin mini notebook created to always be within the reach of your hand and provide easy completion of your everyday tasks and actions. It is also easy on the eyes, simple but attractive. The front cover of this Acer netbook not only looks beautiful but also provides a great protection. At the same time, the thin and light body of the mini laptop makes it a perfect device to use disregarding the place.

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Acer AO1-431-C7F9
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HP 11-r010nr

Performance

Seeing the name Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core, you know this is a pretty good HP netbook. Each core is clocked at 1.6 GHz and the frequency can be enhanced to 2.16 GHz owing to the Intel Burst Technology, while 2 GB RAM also adds to the processing speed. Multitasking is easy as breathing with this mini laptop. The internal storage is 32 GB, so you will be able to keep a whole load of info including your photos, music, documents, and a few movies. HP Stream 11 Netbook operates under 64-bit Windows 10 Home edition, with which you will get a free 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365, 1 TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 minutes of international Skype calls.

Image Quality

With the HP Stream 11 netbook, you will see the picture on the high-definition 11.6" display. It also features an LED backlighting, making the brightness and contrast top-notch for a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The image you will receive will have a good quality, will be pretty clear and detailed. Be it a photo collection or a movie, you will get all the joy possible with one of these small laptops by the famous HP.

Power Supply and Battery

Apart from a standard power supply from the mains, this model of HP Stream 11 netbook also features a two-cell 37.69 Wh Lithium-ion battery. The battery of such kind is generally enough to provide up to 10 hours and 45 minutes of uninterrupted operation. Think about it, these numbers are quite good! You will have the opportunity to either work or entertain yourself for almost 11 hours. That's more than enough, as usual, even if you wish to amuse yourself during a trip.

Design and Ergonomics

Just look at this daring color solution. HP shows that the company is fearless! Follow in their steps! Shocking Cobalt Blue, Violet Purple, Horizon Blue, and Orchid Magenta. That's quite a selection to show off your personality. And the available choice of colors is not the only good side. A special finish protects this netbook from scratches, so it will look great for a long time. It is more than just portable, with the dimensions of 1.8" x 8.1" x 0.72" and the weight of just 2.6 lbs, you will easily put this mini laptop in your backpack or handbag. No need to leave a computer behind when you leave.

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HP 11-r010nr
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Acer CB3-131 C3SZ

Performance

The manufacturer of the Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ mini laptop took all the actions necessary to create a netbook for easy Internet surfing, communicating via social media, and processing your mail. This Acer netbook is equipped with Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core Processor with 2.16GHz of each core's frequency and a possibility to increase it to 2.58GHz. The 2GB RAM is more than enough for web browsing, and the integrated Intel HD Graphics GPU ensures good image processing. The drive of this mini notebook is a 16GB Flash Memory, so you will be able to store quite a few photos and work-related documents. Among other benefits of this Acer netbook is a pre-installed Chrome OS with Google applications, such as Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangouts. And you will also obtain a 100GB of Google Drive cloud space to use for two years.

Image Quality

Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ features a high-aspect ratio display with an LED backlighting. The display also includes an IPS panel, that provides the widest viewing angles possible nowadays and excellent high brightness and contrast. The screen diagonal is 11.6" with a 1366 x 768 HD resolution, which allows you to watch movies and videos on YouTube in 720p quality (the most common HD quality on YouTube).

Power Supply and Battery

This Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ netbook model includes a three-cell embedded battery. The battery is of the Lithium-Ion type with the capacity of 3220 mAh, and with the 11.6" screen diagonal it provides you with up to 9 hours of autonomous operation before you need to recharge it. Therefore, you will not encounter any problems even if you use this mini laptop for a whole work day, it will endure just fine.

Design and Ergonomics

As the design is typically an important parameter for a portable device, this Acer netbook was created rather appealing to the eyes and stylish. At the stage of shaping Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ mini laptop, the manufacturer had used the advanced Acer nano-imprint technology, so that the created netbook was thin, textured, unique, and attractive. The housing is made of aluminum to provide excellent durability of the device. It is also the smallest (11.6" x 8" x 0.7") and the lightest (2.4 pounds) mini notebook in our best netbook review, it will fit even in a small bag.

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Acer CB3-131 C3SZ
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HP P0B79UT#ABA

Performance

HP Netbook Laptop Computer features a budget-friendly dual-core Intel Celeron N2840 processor with a clock frequency of 2.1 GHz. The RAM here is of the 2GB DDR3L type with 1600 MHz frequency. The image is processed by the Intel HD Graphics GPU. The capacity of the drive is 16GB, and the drive itself is of the eMMC type. All these characteristics show that this is one of the best netbooks to use for web browsing, entertaining yourself by listening to music or watching movies and photos.

Image Quality

This HP Netbook Laptop Computer mini notebook has a screen size of 11.6". The netbook's screen resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels, which corresponds to the standard HD image format. The display of this HP netbook also includes the LED backlighting and a top-notch IPS panel that brags the viewing angles of up to 178 degrees. Therefore, the display provides a fascinating image brightness and a great contrast. The image will look great from whatever angle you look at it.

Power Supply and Battery

The battery of this HP Netbook Laptop Computer mini notebook is a Lithium-Ion one with three cells. It provides the uninterrupted operation of the netbook during six and a half hours. Not the highest index among the rival models on the market, and the shortest time in our best netbook review, true. But, considering a rather low price for this model of netbooks, it is probably the longest autonomous operation time you can get.

Design and Ergonomics

An amazing cutting-edge design of this HP Netbook Laptop Computer is stylish and rather strict at the same time. You will enjoy looking at your mini laptop in your everyday life, and yet it won't earn you any funny glances from your old-fashioned business partners during a presentation or a meeting. The netbook itself has wonderful ergonomics and is very convenient to use: its dimensions are mere 11.8" x 8.1" x 0.8, and the weight is only 2.8 pounds.

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Apple MMGG2LL/A

Performance

The performance of the Apple MacBook Air MJVG2LL/A 13.3-inch mini laptop is at an extremely high level. It will allow you to perform various design tasks and even immerse yourself into the world of programming. This Apple mini notebook, despite being fairly small and lightweight, features a powerful Intel Core i5 Dual-Core processor with a clock frequency of 1.6GHz. The clock frequency can also be increased up to 2.7GHz, using the Turbo Boost technology. A 4GB RAM with a 1600MHz frequency is of the LPDDR3 type. The image processing is left to the cutting-edge Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor. The in-device storage is 256GB, enough to store a few movies as well as lots of photos. This netbook has an OS X Yosemite installed, which is known for its stability and high anti-virus protection.

Image Quality

The Apple MacBook Air MJVG2LL/A has a 13.3" display with the screen resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels. The HD display has the aspect ratio of 16:9. Also, it is worth mentioning that the screen of this mini laptop is glossy, so it will preserve every color gradation as it naturally looks. To put it in a nutshell, we can say that this is one of the best netbooks in terms of screen quality. The screen of this Apple MacBook Air will give you an opportunity to fully appreciate the image anytime. Working with applications, watching a video, and flipping through the photos will become a bliss.

Power Supply and Battery

The Apple MacBook Air MJVG2LL/A is powered by either electric mains or battery. And Apple did their best to create a perfect everyday laptop, so they paid great attention to the said battery. Whether you want to surf websites or watch movies on iTunes, this MacBook Air works perfectly well for up to 12 hours. If you put the device into a sleep mode for over 3 hours, it will automatically go into a standby mode. This means that you can lay it aside, pick back up in a month, and it will be ready to work. We think it's awesome. With a battery that works this long, you will always have a high-performance computer at hand and use it whatever the situation is.

Design and Ergonomics

When it comes to design, this mini notebook can boast an outstanding style. The device will look equally good at your business meeting and at home, during study sessions and while traveling. The ergonomics here is top-notch, the netbook is highly mobile and portable owing to the small size (only 12.8" x 8.9" x 0.7") and weight (2.96 pounds). And we shouldn't forget about its extremely durable housing, made of high-quality aluminum. This is truly one of the best netbooks on the market, and the best one in our netbook review.

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