Choosing a netbook…

There are so many netbooks available these days. It’s nice having alternatives to the EEE PC, but which one will give me the best bang for my buck? Asus EEE PC, HP Mini Note, Acer Aspire One, MSI Wind, Sylvania G, Lenovo S10, Everex Cloudbook, Dell Inspiron 910 (or whatever they’re calling it now)? Sooooo many choices!

I’ve kind of been waiting for Dell to release theirs to see what their price point will be, but with all of these other choices, I’m getting a little tired of waiting.

These are what I really want in a netbook – besides the obvious qualities of it being lightweight & portable:

Good battery life – if I’m gonna be taking it out and about, I really want a battery that lasts for a long time… meaning more than 3 hours… maybe I should wait until most of these start offering six cell batteries instead of 3 cell ones.

Decent screen size & resolution – this kind of rules out any of the old Asus 7″ EEEs. Those are way too small and I’d want at least 1024×600 resolution for comfortable viewing

Easily upgradeable RAM – I don’t want the RAM to be soldered into the board making it hard to upgrade in case I need to.

Built in card reader – at least an SD card slot would be great!

Built in bluetooth – not really a must, but it’d be nice to have.

Price – I’d probably spend no more than $450 for one.

I’m kind of leaning towards the Acer Aspire One right now, but like I said I’m still waiting on Dell to see what they’ll offer and what their price will be, but I’m kind of sick of Dells. Or maybe I’ll wait and see what’ll be offered on Black Friday.

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