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This review is from: HP Mini 311-1000NR Black Intel Atom N270(1.60GHz) 11.6" 1GB Memory 160GB HDD NetBook
Pros: High definition screen (1366x768) is much better than other netbook screens, Nvidia Ion makes Hulu and HD Youtube videos work really well on full screen, energy efficient. Windows XP Home instead of Windows 7 starter.
Cons: With the stock 1GB it can be a tad sluggish, lots of bloatware (nothing that ccleaner can't fix!), the keys on the keyboard feel slightly flimsy.
Other Thoughts: If you're the type of person who wants some thing light with a decent battery life (5-6 hours), yet some good video/gaming performance, this is the system for you. Halo 1 runs very smoothly, Star Wars: KOTOR runs flawlessly, and other games that are 4+ years old will also perform extremely well. Once I install an additional 1GB of memory, I bet the performance will get a boost.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit for System Builders
Pros: Much needed updated interface, better utilization of resources than Windows XP and other operating systems, DirectX 10/11 support, service packs 1 and 2 corrected the bugs people complained about.
Cons: System requirements are a little steep, but we live in an era when you can get 4GB of RAM for a couple of Andrew Jacksons. Sadly Vista is being ditched by Microsoft because of whiners. What a shame.
Other Thoughts: Vista is a huge improvement over XP. It looks a lot sleeker and cleaner, gives better performance and graphics in gaming (thanks to DirectX 10 being exclusive), and is overall a truly modern OS. Go waste a couple thousand on a Mac for its OS if you want to, but I think I'll stick with all of those features and more for under a Benjamin.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: With programs running and super performance mode on, I get a little over 4 hours. With power saving and wireless off, I was getting over 6 and a half hours. The screen is crisp, and the webcam and microphone work well.
Cons: The multitouch touchpad is driving me insane. Why couldnt they have a touchpad with a scroll bar? Also, the keyboard, despite being larger than the 900HA's, is still a bit tough to type on. The atom CPU isn't as fast as people say. Watching a youtube video put the load at over 60%.
Other Thoughts: For the price you pay, this netbook is good. It's lightweight, has lots of features, and has a great battery life. I recommend using a laptop mouse though. If you dont mind a little more weight and spending a little more cash, wait until the 1000HE comes out and buy it.READ FULL REVIEW