The 10 Best budget laptops
1. Packard Bell Dot S
This netbook stands out, with a purple swish pattern on its lid. It has a very sturdy base and good battery life. It's very well connected, too, with three USB ports and an SD card reader.
2. Grade A2 Acer Aspire One 722
This netbook punches above its weight. Just 1in thin, it has a Qwerty keypad and a screen with a backlight and HD resolution – perfect for watching films.
3. Samsung N145 Plus
Durable and with a six-cell battery lasting for 10 hours, this chic model with a matt cover finish is very usable and its Intel processor offers 1.6GHz of speed and a 320GB hard drive.
4. Toshiba NB500
Mobile without compromising on performance, this netbook is crammed with decent kit and has a 250GB hard drive and a stylish finish. Its screen brightness has been commended.
5. Dell Inspiron Duo
Dell's hybrid design includes a flip hinge, which allows you to switch between a touchscreen tablet with docking system or laptop. As such, it's brilliant for those on the go.
6. Asus Eee PC X101CH
This petite and light notebook makes others look like giants. It also boasts instant-on technology, which allows the machine to resume from "sleep" mode in seconds.
7. Samsung NF110
This mini-machine is a stunner, with a chiclet-design keypad and a long battery life. It's good for music, too, with speakers that can compete with those of full-sized laptops.
8. Acer Aspire One Happy 2
If you're after a burst of colour in your machine, tropical-themed lids such as banana cream and strawberry yoghurt may tempt you – especially combined with up to eight hours' battery juice.
9. HP Mini 210 3002sa
With impressive stereo speakers made by Beats Audio, decent speed (a 1.6GHz processor) and in a luminous-rose colour, this netbook packs a bigger punch than its screen would suggest.
10. Acer Aspire One 522
This netbook is ahead of the pack with a 1,280 x 720 high-resolution screen and a powerful integrated Radeon HD graphics chip, while being exceedingly thin and light too.
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