If you're planning on buying a netbook it's important to be aware of their limitations. You won't be able to play games, and many will struggle playing high-definition video. Their screens, which normally have a 1,024 x 600 resolution, are also quite limiting in the amount of information they can display. This makes them good for running around campus taking notes in lectures, but you probably won't want to work for long periods of time on a netbook.
Editor's ChoiceAcer Aspire One D260 | £230
This is the ideal "no frills" netbook. It has a relatively small 160GB hard drive and there's no Bluetooth, but it costs only £230 and its battery will last around six hours. It's nicely designed, and though the keyboard could be better, for the money it's an excellent choice.
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Though it uses older generation tech compared to the D260, its performance is similar and it arguably has a nicer, more durable design and a better keyboard, while also benefitting from a non-reflective screen.
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Asus Eee PC 1005PE | £285
It was a little expensive when it first came out, but now the Asus Eee PC 1005PE looks like an excellent deal. It has Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi, uses a non-reflective screen and has battery life in the region of seven hours. All this for around £280 makes it a good deal.
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Toshiba NB305 | £330
It costs a little bit more than the others, but if you want something a little more eye-catching then the NB305 is worth looking at. Its brown and silver livery, though not to everyone's taste, has a more premium look and feel to it and it delivers battery life in the region of seven hours.
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