Best of 2009: Netbooks

The second in our ‘Best of 2009’ series is all about what seems to be everyone’s favorite product, Netbooks. We’ve got the top ten best of 2009 Netbooks as based on a combination of user and expert reviews from around the world. In this list of the top ten best of 2009 we’ve got the usual suspects like Acer and Asus occupying spots, sometimes more than one, but there’s a couple that might surprise you.

Netbooks have truly revolutionized how we look at portable computers. There was a time when the full sized laptops were the norm, and smaller sized ones were sold at a premium price. In the last couple years though netbooks have truly taken off in popularity, and for good reason, people are finally realizing that they don’t need a powerful, expensive and heavy laptop just to browse the web and check their email. Netbooks have filled a niche that was sorely needed in the portable computer market giving us a laptop-like device that is truly portable, and able to do what we need it to do, when and wherever we need it to do it. Netbooks have truly allowed us to be a mobile society, gone are the days of lugging a large and heavy laptop around, now we have true portability in the netbook. The netbook is what it is and it’s here to stay, it’s an ever evolving technological device that truly sets us free.


The scores utilize our own scoring system from the main site,

The FreakScore or the technogog Score is our overall product score based on a combination of all expert and user reviews we have collected for a product.

You can read more about our ratings system HERE.


Samsung N110

First seen: 20 March 2009

Freak Score: 10 out of 10

In the number one spot with a perfect 10 out of 10 is the Samsung N110. This one is a surprise considering that Acer and Asus have dominated the netbook market for so long, apparently Samsung also knows how to make a very good netbook.

The Samsung N110 gives you the power to accomplish more wherever you are. The 6-cell lithium battery lasts for up to 8.5 hours! You’ll have more time to shop online, surf the web and chat with friends. Plus, a larger touch pad makes it so easy to use. The new design is also sleeker, curvier and comes with a glossy screen. Weighing only 2.8 lbs., the N110-12PBK netbook is an affordable mobile solution ideal for all your online needs.


Pros: comfortable keyboard, long battery life, battery life, good battery life, quality display

Cons: sensitive touch pad, short screen but wide, mouse pad, no dvd rom


"The Samsung N110 will take you a long way with its stellar battery life and impressive performance. " –asus1000HE

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

First seen: 9 February 2009

Freak Score: 9.9 out of 10

In the number two spot we’ve got one from Asus, the Eee PC 1000HE, no netbook list would be complete without one from the company that pretty much pioneered the netbook landscape.

The Asus Eee PC 1000HE is a 10-inch notebook. It includes an Intel Atom (1.66 GHz) Processor with a RAM of 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM and uses Microsoft Windows XP as its operating system. The included software is Windows Live Suite and MS Works. It has a built-in webcam with a camera resolution of 1.3 Megapixels, a 92% sized keyboard, integrated 802.11n WiFi connectivity, with built-in stereo speakers and multi-touch keypad. The Asus Eee PC 1000HE has the following dimensions W 266 x H 38 x D 191mm and weighs 1.4 kg. It comes with one Li-ion 8700 mAh battery and it boasts 9.5 hours of battery life. The Asus Eee PC 1000HE is available in fine ebony black colour.


Pros: comfortable keyboard, long battery life, quality display, excellent battery life, battery life

Cons: small keyboard and touchpad, fingerprints all over, not for everyone, not many, no gigabit ethernet


"Priced at what used to be de facto netbook starting price of $400, it would be hard not to recommend the 1000HE against many comparably priced netbooks, considering the raw practicality of having a machine that will run this long. However, like a lot of practical things, it’s not the sexiest in the lot, either. We much preferred the aluminum-clad 1002HA for showing off around the office. But dump us on a trade show floor again and we would pick this model, every time. If you need a netbook that can keep up with you all day long, the Asus Eee 1000HE makes a lot of sense."samsungn120

Samsung N120

First seen: 21 April 2009

Freak Score: 9.8 out of 10

In the the number three spot we’ve got another Samsung netbook, in fact they occupy four spots on this list.

Get the ultimate multimedia experience with the N120 netbook. It comes with an integrated 1.3 MP digital motion camera making it easy to chat with friends and family through video-conferencing or live messaging. And two speakers with SRS audio technology ensure incredible audio for your movies, music and video games. You can also accomplish everything and more with a long-lasting battery. If you crave a better multimedia experience, look no further than the N120 netbook.


Pros: comfortable keyboard, long battery life, quality display, good battery life, battery life

Cons: a little expensive, glossy display, a bit slow, consequence is, computer is refurbished


"The N120 is a great netbook. He could not take care of the relatively large body, but has a comfortable (if somewhat dubious) keyboard and superb battery life. It is almost – but not quite – as good as the Eee PC 1000HE." –aspireoned150

Acer Aspire One D150

First seen: 27 February 2009

Freak Score: 9.7 out of 10

In the number four spot we’ve got on from Acer, and they’re occupying two spots on this list, the 4th and the 5th spots.

The easy-to-use Aspire One netbook with 10.1” display provides continuous access to the Internet and weighs just under three pounds.

This stylish netbook is designed to be an affordable and simple solution for Web browsing, e-mail management, instant messaging, VOIP calls, streaming video, photo viewing and music enjoyment. In short, it strikes just the right balance between mobility and productivity.

The 10.1” Aspire One has something for everyone—business users constantly on-the-go, young students who need their first PC, or tech aficionados seeking a lightweight, secondary device with extended battery power.


Pros: excellent battery runtime, adequate sound playing quality

Cons: comparatively small figure keys, cramped touchpad keys


"We were also very curious about how the successor of the up-till-now worldwide most sold netbook would look like and especially where it’s going to position itself in comparison to its, in the meantime numerous, competitors. Now the time has come and our overall impression turns out somewhat divided."aspireoned531

Acer Aspire One 531

First seen: 9 March 2009

9.7 out of 10

The Aspire One 531 is your on-the-go PC. Weighing a mere 2.8 lb., this netbook allows you to stay unplugged for up to six hours, while the multi-gesture touchpad makes it easy to navigate, scroll and zoom.


Pros: excellent battery life, bright screen, great for travelling, attractive but subtle design, fantastic little machine

Cons: not enough ram, keyboard compromises, a bit slow, small numeric keys


"Unlike the original Aspire One, there’s less to get excited about by this me-too Windows netbook. But while it offers the usual roster of netbook facilities, there is the just-higher than average netbook speed performance, and the distinction of two memory card slots. Battery life is good too."toshibamininb200

Toshiba mini NB205

First seen: 8 July 2009

Freak Score: 9.7 out of 10

Our mini NB200 companion PC is perfect for on-the-go fun and convenience. Thin and light at less than 3 pounds and under an inch thick, this netbook fits easily in most carry bags. Yet its comfort-driven design gives you plenty of room to type and browse. And it also delivers extended battery life up to nine hours to power your busy day—surfing the Web, enjoying a casual game or two, chatting with friends and family, or enjoying music and photos.


Pros: long battery life, comfortable keyboard, quality display, good battery life, adequate storage

Cons: freezes up, large display bezel, too hot, speaker is muffled, fn keys are small


"Netbooks are all the hot thing right now in the tech market because you can get portable computing for under $400 and they offer some really nice features as well. In particular, the Toshiba Mini NB205-N210 has 1GB of RAM, a large 160GB of hard drive space, a 10.1-inch widescreen LCD, and is an Energy Star 5.0 certified PC, which means it uses less power and therefore gives you a lot of battery life."samsungn130

Samsung N130

First seen: 12 June 2009

Freak Score: 9.5 out of 10

You want a netbook that delivers all the features you need at home but that’s portable enough to take with you on-the-go – and at a price you can afford. No problem. The N130 sports a stylish design with crave-worthy specs such as a battery that lasts long enough for you to upload photos, surf online and chat with friends. And images rich with sharp details and bold colours make every website, game and movie look great while a host of connectivity options makes getting online fast and easy. Get going with a netbook that understands what you need at a cost you can afford.


Pros: excellent keyboard and touchpad, matte screen

Cons: underside gets uncomfortably hot, disappointing battery life


"If your budget is flexible, the N140 is definitely the better choice. If $349 is your sweet spot, however, you can also pick up a Toshiba mini NB205 running Windows XP, which has comparable benchmark scores and hours more battery life, for around the same price. Overall, the Samsung N130 is a decent netbook, but there are better choices in this price range."hannspree

Hannspree HannsNote SN10E11BUF

First seen: 30 August 2009

9.5 out of 10

Occupying the 8th spot on this list is a surprise from a company that’s well known for their monitors and televisions, Hannspree. Apparently they know how to make a very good netbook as well as a good monitor.

The HANNSpree HannsNote SN10E11BUF is a netbook powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz Processor / 512 KB Cache / 533 MHz FSB and runs Genuine Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 operating system. It is supported by an Intel 945GSE + ICH7M chipset, 1 GB (DDR2 667) Onboard (Up to 2 GB Max) memory, and sports a 10 inch 1024 x 600 TFT Active Matrix LCD with LED Backlight display that is powered by an Intel GMA 950 graphics and video module.


Pros:  Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi, comfortable keyboard and touch pad, rare matte screen, matte interiors avoiding finger print attraction

Cons: Thicker than many Netbooks, undistinguished design, battery life could have been better


"The Hannspree Hannsnote doesn’t set the Netbook world on fire, but it’s a surprisingly usable and well-featured mini-laptop at a competitive price from a new manufacturer."msiwind


MSI Wind U123

First seen: 1 April 2009

Freak Score: 9.5 out of 10

The Wind U123 is a netbook which has Intel’s latest Atom processor. Not just that, this product comes with the N280 as well as a TV tuner and optional 3G antenna. This product is an ultraportable netbook. This product also has 8 and a half hours battery life span from a 9-cell battery. The MSI’s Wind U123 comes supported with a 2GB RAM.


Pros: comfortable keyboard, long battery life, quality display, adequate storage, face recognition login

Cons: period and slash keys, short battery life, poor balance, small comma, fun ctrl key reversed


"The Wind U123 brings a lot of muscle to the netbook arena: It’s slightly faster and has a much longer battery life than any we’ve previously tested, though the nine-cell battery adds bulk to the otherwise sleek netbook. And the bright screen is sure to win fans. But there are certainly netbooks out there that are lighter, easier to upgrade, and offer similar performance, even if they can’t quite match the battery life."samsungn140 

Samsung N140

First seen: 10 July 2009

Freak Score: 9.4 out of 10

Last, but certainly not least we’ve got another top netbook from Samsung, the N140.

You want a netbook that delivers all the features you need at home but that’s portable enough to take with you on-the-go – and at a price you can afford. No problem. The N140 sports a stylish design with crave-worthy specs such as a battery that lasts long enough for you to upload photos, surf online and chat with friends. And images rich with sharp details and bold colors make every website, game and movie look great while a host of connectivity options makes getting online fast and easy. Get going with a netbook that understands what you need at a cost you can afford.


Pros: fast startup, good battery life, battery life is brilliant, size design, very portable

Cons: nothing much, glossy lid smudges easily, narrow touchpad button, annoying trialware pop ups, no dvd drive


"The Samsung N140 is a worthy successor to the NC10 and N110, and it’s one of our favorite 10-inch Windows 7 netbooks. It offers good performance and a stylish design, plus better sound quality than the Toshiba mini NB205-N330BL. Overall, we prefer the NB205 because it lasts nearly 9 hours on a charge and includes a larger touchpad and discrete mouse buttons. But the N140’s 6.5 hours of endurance, coupled with its comfortable keyboard, make it a very strong contender."netbook category on the main site.

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