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Netbooks and small laptop reviews

We test 10 go-anywhere laptops that won't weigh you down.
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Test results for 10 tiny laptops priced from $350 to $1300

Choosing a laptop computer often involves compromise. Never more so than in the small and cheap category. It’s the holy grail of laptop computing – a device small enough that you want to carry it with you everywhere, but with all the features you need and at a price that won’t break the bank. We took 10 top tiny notebooks and put them through their paces to see how they compare.

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Models tested

  • Acer Aspire One D255-2DQkk
  • Apple MacBook Air 11 inch
  • Asus Eee PC R105
  • Dell Inspiron Mini 1018
  • Fujitsu LifeBook SH530
  • HP Mini 210
  • MSI Wind U135 DX
  • Pioneer Computers DreamBook Lite M11
  • Sony VAIO VPCS135FG
  • Toshiba AC100

Fast facts

  • Small laptops can cope with most general computing tasks.
  • Netbooks are still the cheapest mobile laptops.
  • Lack of power and ports is the tradeoff for being small and light.
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