7 Best Netbooks for under $300
Most netbooks fall in the $350 to $400 price range with some going for as much as $500 - $600, but what should you do if you want to spend as little as possible but still retain the core netbook functionality and experience? Well that's why I've put together this list of the 7 best netbooks based on my own hands on experience and research that fall in the $300 price range and below. I'm ranking these in order of my least favorite to the very best netbook under $300 and that is why I'll start with number 7 first:
We start this list off with my least favorite pick of the bunch - the MSI Wind U100. Yes this is a list of the 7 best netbooks under $300, but someone has to be last. The netbook has an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor, 10.1 inch screen (1024 x 600 resolution), 160 GB Hard Drive, 1 GB RAM, 1.3 MP Webcam, Windows XP Home and 3 cell battery. About the only reason why this netbook is number 7 on the list is because the battery life isn't as strong as some of the other netbooks mentioned later on this list, but if you like MSI as a computer maker you can't go wrong with this netbook at only $294.
The Gateway LT2021u is next on the list of the 7 best netbooks under $300. This netbook has an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor, 10.1 inch screen (1024 x 600 resolution), 160 GB Hard Drive, 1 GB RAM, .3 MP Webcam, Windows XP Home and 3 cell battery. The battery life in this Gateway machine is not as good as some of the other netbooks mentioned later in this list so like the MSI Wind U100 the Gateway is a little lower on the list. This model is still a great netbook and if you like Gateway by all means buy it for $299.99, but if you aren't married to a particular manufacturer keep reading on.
This netbook is available in five different colors and all currently priced at $289.99: Diamond Black, Sapphire Blue, Seashell White, Ruby Red and Coral Pink. The netbook features an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor, 10.1 inch screen (1024 x 600 resolution), 160 GB Hard Drive, 1 GB RAM, Windows XP Home and a 3 hour battery life. The Acer Aspire One AOD250 is a staple in the value price range and offers all the typical netbook features in a well built machine for just $289.99.
The MSI Wind U123 is a better model than the MSI Wind U100 and is actually only temporarily at $299.99 (it usually sells for $349.99). The netbook has some of the best specs in the group including an Intel Atom N280 1.66 GHz processor, 10.1 inch screen (1024 x 600 resolution), 160 GB Hard Drive, 1 GB RAM, 1.3 MP Webcam, Windows XP Home and 6 cell battery. This price of $299 truly won't last so if you happen to read this article after the price has gone up continue reading the list for other great inexpensive netbooks. Pick up the MSI Wind U123 for $299 here.
The Samsung N130-13B netbook is an amazing machine for the price. Samsung makes some of the most well built netbooks in the industry and they also don't fudge on their manufacturers suggested battery life and with this netbook offering up to 5.8 hours of battery life it has the best battery life of all the models discussed so far. The netbook has an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor, 10.1 inch screen (1024 x 600 resolution), 160 GB Hard Drive, 1 GB RAM, Windows XP Home and 5.8 hour battery life all for just $299.
The Acer Aspire One AO751H is the only 11.6 inch netbook on our list, so if you're looking for something a little larger than the typical 10 inch netbook size buy this netbook. The netbook does have the weakest processor on our list the Intel Atom Z520 at 1.33 GHz; however, it also has 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive which is better than the rest of the netbooks on this list. The Acer Aspire One AO751H also manages to offer a 4 hour battery life as well even though it's being used in a larger machine. Again, if you want a larger netbook this is the best option under $300 for you so pick it up here. On the flip side if you want something smaller than 10 inches, the best pick for an 8.9 inch netbook would have to be this Acer Aspire One option at 299.99 (let's just call that one an honorable mention).
The Asus Eee PC 1005HA is my favorite choice for the best 7 netbooks under $300. It offers a stellar battery life when compared to the other netbooks (only bested by the Samsung N130-13B) and an admirable feature set for the price range. The netbook has an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor, 10.1 inch screen (1024 x 600 resolution), 160 GB Hard Drive, 1 GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, .3 MP Webcam, Windows XP Home and 4 hour battery life. If you don't need a web cam buy the Samsung N130-13B the only reason why I rated the Samsung model at number 3 is because there it has no web cam. Also, please remember this model is a little watered down when compared to the version I reviewed a few months ago but when it comes to price this is the best model Asus has to offer at only $282.44 and is my best pick for netbooks under $300.
You may have noticed that all of these netbooks have Windows XP as their operating system and one reason why some of these models are less than $300 is because the manufacturers are reducing prices on Windows XP machines to make way for their Windows 7 replacements. If you want to save some money on your inexpensive netbook purchase I suggest you buy one of these models listed above sooner rather than later or they may go out of stock. Now if you really want Windows 7 instead of Windows XP then be sure to check out this list of Windows 7 netbooks as well. I'll also write a post in the coming weeks of the best Windows 7 netbooks so be sure to stay up to date on all the news by subscribing to our RSS feed (email option here).
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