What is the best netbook for under $275?

Mishaal July 19, 2012
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I want to purchase a netbook of a reputable brand and my budget is under $275.

Can you advise me which features to look for and which brand to go for? Is there anything else I should be aware of?


  1. Âdil Farôôq
    August 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

    i recommend acer

  2. Kannon Y
    July 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm




    I think right now the biggest distinction between models in the netbook market is the CPU - and currently there are two viable choices for the low end: the Intel Atom and AMD's Fusion based CPUs. But basically, if you're looking primarily for video playback or light gaming, the E-series AMD netbooks are probably better. But if you're looking for general computing purposes, the Intel netbooks may have a slight edge. My favorite model has been the EEE series of netbook, by Asus, although I have heard good things about the Acer Aspire One (as Vipul mentioned).


    However, both the E-series and Atom CPUs are terrible processors, by any standard - most people just want to know which one is worst. Basically, the Ion 2 chipset + the Atom CPU is the worst. Oh and it's commonly known that netbooks in general are the least reliable laptops out there.


    In theory there's a third competitor: ARM based CPUs, but in reality these are so ignored by hardware manufacturers (because they can only run Linux and perhaps Windows 8) that they're not even really worth considering, despite potentially having battery lives far exceeding a Windows based netbook.

    By the way, the Smartbook market (which is pretty much any laptop-like device with a smartphone operating system, like Android) oftentimes has an ARM CPU, although it lacks the full laptop functionality of a netbook. As a cost-effective alternative, it's worth considering.

    • Kannon Y
      July 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      (I know this question has been marked as resolved, but there's a very good sale right now at BestBuy:)

      It's E-300, Toshiba and has a quality screen and keyboard. IMO, it's one of the best netbooks you can buy for the money.


      • Mishaal
        July 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

        my budget is only $275 .. and i want a simple netbook

  3. 8e5e4112779b56c97101553e9e7709d4
    July 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Reccomend Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 is one. It is small and lightweight,

  4. Dalsan
    July 19, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Acer has come a long way to become a big name for budget netbooks with good quality. If at all possible, try to get dual core Atom for better processing, or AMD APU like the C-60 or better for better graphics processing, depending on your needs. If it doesn't come with 2GB memory, you might want to upgrade for better performance as it is cheap for the performance boost you get. Other than those points, the rest is preference as these days, each company has their bad batches, but overall the quality is similar.

  5. Vipul Jain
    July 19, 2012 at 9:04 am

    My friend got an Acer Aspire One.
    We both did quite some market research before finalizing it. It was the Value for money netbook out there.

  6. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

    The features of netbook is almost the same. There are some points that you need to be aware of:
    - processor version and speed
    - Memory size
    - VGA type (Shared or dedicated)
    - Hard disk size
    - batterry of the laptop (6 cell or 4 cell)

    and the last is try to find which one has a promo but you can get the best on your own. There are Toshiba, asus, acer, and HP. You can compare.

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