Archive for May, 2009

Acer Aspire One

Small Laptops Guide have put together a price comparison for the Acer Aspire One. There are a number of versions of the Acer Aspire One, each being different in size and specification. View retailers below and click on the relevant one to buy now. All retailers have been carefully selected in order to make your online shopping experience both safe and secure. Please note to check specifications carefully as different resellers often offer different spec machines.







Approximately £200 – £400

Acer currently has a big investment in the small laptop market. Recently, Acer came out with a 10 inch version of their Aspire One version of Netbooks. With a low price tag, anyone can afford their very own Netbook. While the Acer Aspire One is not the best Netbook on the market, you get a
lot of bang for you buck. The Acer Aspire One comes loaded with everything you could need in a Netbook.

Acer has put the new Atom processor inside the Aspire One. The Atom processor runs at 1.6Ghz and uses a very small amount of power. While this 1.6Ghz processor might not sound fast to you, it can get the job done. You can surf the web, have iTunes running in the background, and install a program with no noticeable performance loss. The Acer Aspire One 10 inch comes with 1GB of RAM standard, thou you can bump it up to 2GB if you want to. The 1GB of RAM seems to do its job just fine.

The Aspire One comes with a 160GB hard drive, which is plenty of space for small laptops. Windows XP comes standard on the Aspire One now, it used to be available with Linux. One of the only problems with the specs of the Aspire One is the Graphics Card, it only comes with an integrated graphics card. The Intel Graphics Accelerator 950 can play videos and DVDs just fine, but don’t expect to play any graphic intensive games on this Netbook. It comes with a very nice 10 inch LCD screen, screen measures 10 inches wide and 8 inches tall. The whole Netbook weighs about 1kg.
The Acer Aspire One has both a headphone jack and a micacer-aspire-onerophone jack. Which is perfect if you want to use the web-cam that comes standard on this Netbook. The Aspire features 3 USB slots and a multi card reader, which can be used to upload pictures from your digital camera. Of course the Aspire One also has a wireless card and an Ethernet 802.11 b/g. The Acer Aspire One could have really benefited from a Blue-tooth connection, it would have made some things a lot easier. The keyboard on the this Netbook is small, but is still comfortable enough to write with.

The Acer Aspire One is the perfect mini laptop to be used as a small business laptop or for a student on the go. With the amount of space available on the hard drive you can store all of your photos, mp3s, and school/work stuff. The size of the Aspire One makes it easy to carry in a small bag or purse. This Netbook will turn heads at your local coffee shop. I constantly have people come up to me and ask me what it is. This Netbook both looks and preforms well. If you have been in the market for a Netbook but you where waiting for them to drop in price, now is the time to buy one. The Acer Aspire One 10 inch Netbook is affordable, performs well, and looks very good.


  • Product Description: Ace Aspire One A110L Intel Atom Processor 1.2 GHz. 8.9″ TFT
  • Colour: White, Black, Red
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 24.8 cm x 17 cm x 2.9 cm
  • Weight: 950 grams
  • Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, Acer CrystalEye Webcam
  • Processor: Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz)
  • RAM: 1 GB (installed) / 2 GB (max) – DDR2 SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 160B
  • Display: 8.9″ WSVGA high-brightness (typical 180-nit) Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 950
  • Audio Output: Sound Card
  • Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad
  • Wireless NIC: Broadcom 4311AG
  • Networking: Ethernet, Wifi 802.11B/G
  • Notebook Camera: 1.3 megapixels webcam
  • Battery: Lithium Ion
  • Run Time: Up To 5.5 hours
  • Operating System available: Windows / Linux
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year international warranty






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    How To Buy A Small Laptop

    Today’s laptops range from large widescreen heavy laptops, to lightweight small cheap laptops. If you have ever shopped to buy a laptop then you know that size is only one of the factors to consider. Often laptops are built to a buyer’s specific needs, so its important to try and find the laptop that suits your needs. If you need a high spec machine to act as a desktop pc replacement for gaming or for managing complex software or programs, then one of the larger laptops available on the market would be for you. If you need a small low priced laptop computer with extreme portability for carrying out small tasks like videos, music and internet surfing with some word processing too then a small laptop or netbook would be the ideal purchase.

    Before shopping for a laptop you should consider how and where it will be used. If your primary goal is to get some word processing done whilst staying on top of your emails then a small laptop would be for you. One of the most important factors to consider is the CPU which determines how well the laptop performs. Another important factor to consider is memory or RAM, the more memory installed the better it will perform. Upgrading memory on a laptop is trickier than on a desktop so try and find a laptop with plenty of memory pre installed.

    The screen size of your small laptop is an important consideration. Laptop screens continue to get bigger and at the same time get smaller. 10″ or 11″ screens are a good size for small laptops and desktop replacement pcs offer displays up to 18 inches. Remember that a laptop’s screen only looks as good where you want to use it. Many small laptops screens look sharp on shop shelves thanks to extra glossy coatings but when you try and use them outdoors or in public places like coffhp-mini-note-2133ee shops the screens can be difficult to see, so keep in mind not only how you want to use your netbook but also where you are planning to use it. It is always recommended to check the internet for reviews on a particular laptop before going ahead to purchase.

    When buying a small laptop try also to get a large hard drive. Many small laptops have 120 GB hard drives which allow storage of plenty of files and information. If you plan to work with spreadsheets, databases or digital photos then opt for a larger hard drive. When dealing with any portable laptop battery life is key. You should check the manufacturer’s specifications. It can also be worth investing in a higher capacity battery for users who don’t have access to a power outlet regularly.

    Though you can get accustomed to a particular keyboard it is still a good idea to try before you buy, especially when purchasing a small laptop. Also check that the laptop has full wireless capabilities and ethernet access to wired connection sources. You should also check the number and location of USB 2.0 ports. Most laptops have between 2 and 6. If you want to connect an external drive or digital camcorder look for a firewire port.

    Many sellers allow you to custom build a machine so use these steps to buy the best small laptop as they will give you control. Its important to remember that only some of the components are upgradeable whilst others are permanent once they have been installed at the factory, so take your time and buy what you need. If you are interested in purchasing a new small laptop then visit our buy small laptops page.

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    Small Business Laptops

    For business users carrying the wrong laptop can cause many problems. Size and weight are important factors for deciding on which laptop to purchase and with so many to choose from its difficult to decide which one to buy. For Small Laptop Business users looking for the best small laptop we would advise the guidelines below to follow:

    1. Memory / RAM – a minimum of 1GB is advisable.

    2. Hard Drive – For the hard drive it really depends on your usage but 80GB would be a good amount to start with.

    3. Size – This depends on your personal preferences on how small you feel comfortable to work with. You should also consider the size in terms of portability, what size small business laptop are you happy to carry. We feel that 12 – 13 inches is a good size to go for.

    4. Battery Life - Always remember to check the battery life when buying a small business laptop. Try to find small netbooks with battery life of 5 hours and above.

    5. Weight – The weight of a good small business laptop will be around 1kg.

    We will soon be adding a guide of the best small business laptops.

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    Sony Vaio VGN-TT11M/N Video Review

    Added is a brief video reviewing the Sony Vaio TT11M/N. This small laptop is one we would highly recommend and you can find more about this netbook by clicking here.

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    Why Small Laptops?

    The main question that most people ask with regards to small laptops is why they are better than larger sized notebook machines. Below are the main reasons to choose a small laptop over a larger sized laptop.

    1. Size
    Small Laptops are small and portable. This makes them excellent for travelling and they are much easier to carry than the larger models. They are also lightweight in comparison and this has helped in making them accepted in the market more quickly. There is also a general consensus that netbooks are seen as being “cute” due to their small size. People like small cute phones, small cute dogs etc. and now small cute laptops too.

    2. Price
    With current global economic conditions being slow and people having less disposable income, netbooks prove to be a viable option. In fact it can be said to be a perfect time to launch them. They are considerably cheaper in price than larger laptops. You can pick a small laptop up for the price of a new mobile phone. Yes your own latest new portable personal computer for less than £200.

    3. Specification
    The introduction of Intel’s Atom Processor has revolutionised the new small laptop market, this small, energy efficient chip uses less power and requires less cooling, whilst still providing up to 2.0Ghz performance.  Netbook’s large hard drives allow users to store as much data as a desktop PC – up to 80 GB. All the main manufacturers have their own modedell-inspiron-9l, many offering built in webcams, and the majority having USB and full networking capabilities.

    4. vs PDA
    The concept behind PDAs has been simplicity and portability and the mini laptop is no different. Using small laptops proves to be much less awkward and more user friendly.Their portability is also seen to be almost as good, easily fitting into any of the range of stylish small laptop bags which are now on the market.

    5. Eco Friendly
    Due to the fact that small laptops use less power, they are beneficial to the environment. Netbooks use fewer toxic components and are resource efficient. They have lower battery weight with long battery life.

    6. Cooler and Quieter
    The small processors used in mini laptops require less cooling power and as a result don’t bring with them much noise.

    7. Battery Life
    The battery life of the latest small laptop has a run time of 8 hours. Plenty of time to carry out tasks of surfing the web, email, blogging, writing documents, watching videos, movies and more.

    8. The Future is Web Based Applications
    With much talk of cloud computing and many applications being web based, there won’t be a need to waste hard drive speed and free up more of the processor’s capabilities.

    9. Stylish
    The small laptop is seen as being a stylish accessory and the latest gadget or must have item. They look funky and are easy to carry around. Bright colours enhance their look.

    Small Laptops are introducing a brand new approach to personal computing. They are perfect for exactly what we need you can’t email, blog, watch video and be on the move with those big laptops anymore!

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    Samsung NC10 Video Review

    Added is a brief video reviewing the Samsung NC10. This small laptop is one we would highly recommend and you can find more about this mini laptop by clicking here.

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    HP 2133 Mini-Note


    Price: Approximately £350
    Size: 8.9 inches
    Weight: 1.3 kg
    Battery Life: Up To 4.5 Hours
    Processor Speed: 1.2 GHz
    Hard Drive: 120 GB
    RAM: 1GB DDR2

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    REVIEW would definitely give this HP laptop a 5 star rating amongst its competitors. Whilst being sturdy, the HP is a very high spec PC, as good as any other larger sized laptop and the battery life of four hours is also more than adequate.

    With the Asus Eee dominating the small laptop sector, HP wants to bully its way in to the mindset of travellers packing light with a mini notebook of its own. Weighing in at just 1.27kg, sporting a glossy 8.9-inch screen and only 33mm thick the HP 2133 Mini-Note is small but solid.

    Compared to the Asus Eee PC, it’s wider and heavier, but the same depth and thickness. It’s also considerably sturdier and nowhere near as flimsy.

    That extra width benefits mainly the keyboard with the HP mini-note small laptop sporting a QWERTY keyboard that is 92% the size of a full-size offering. It’s clear that the extra size offered here makes typing considerably easier than the Eee. At 92%, keys are virtually full size and the keyboard is laid out as standard offering no surprises.

    As with most laptop keyboards the F keys double up as shortcuts and you’re able to set screen brightness, as well as control volume all at the press of two buttons.

    Above the keyboard is the glossy 8.9-inch screen that sports a resolution up to 1280 x 768. Slightly over-reflective, certainly out in the sun, this resolution also suffers from being small meaning you’ll have to strain your eyes to see what is going on. For us, we preferred running it at 1024 x 768. There is also an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam.

    Either side of the keyboard are the notebook’s speakers in a similar arrangement to the Asus Eee 7-inch screen model. Sound, given the size, is surprisingly good, offering a well-rounded sound on the range of music and video that we listened to.

    Below the keyboard is a tiny trackpad (3 x 6cm). While widescreen to emulate the display, the small size means it’s almost impohp-2133_mini-note1ssible to use. More confusing is that the left and right buttons have been moved to either side of the trackpad rather than below. It might sound petty, but we still can’t get used to it and our recommendation would be to get yourself a laptop mouse ASAP if you plan do use the pointer to any degree of normality. Luckily you can turn it off to stop accidental use.

    When it comes to connections there aren’t masses but enough to get you out of trouble. Being so small there obviously isn’t a CD or DVD drive, however you do get a PC Express card slot alongside an SD card reader, two USB sockets, an Ethernet socket and VGA out so you can plug it in to a monitor so you can see what you are doing in the office. There is also a hard button for wireless connectivity so you can easily turn Wi-Fi on and off.

    Inside and compared to the Eee’s specs the HP 2133 Mini-Note will run around it in circles. Sporting a 1.2GHz Via C7-M ULV processor this isn’t the fastest machine on the block but certainly enough to do remote working, checking emails, writing documents and surfing the web. Strangely you won’t be able to get the 1.6GHz version as offered in the US.

    Memory is upgradable to 2048MB and the system we had shipped with 1790MB of DDR2, 667MHz, although the standard configuration is 1GB.

    The biggest difference to the Eee is the hard drive. A whopping 120GB model compared to the Asus 900 Windows XP 12GB model means this is a fully-fledged laptop for storing media on the go and means you won’t be having to worry about storage issues. It also means you can effectively store movies on the HP 2133 Mini-Note and negates the need for a DVD drive even further.

    The system comes with either Linux or Windows Vista Business operating systems depending on what you need and the price varies accordingly. Rather than follow Asus’ model and offer the same price point but with varying hardware specs. HP will simply charge you an £85 premium for Vista bringing the HP 2133 mini-note up to a non-budget £385.

    Battery life again depends on what you are doing, however without a CD/DVD drive to burn through it, it’s considerably longer than you might expect. There are two battery options for the mini-note, a three- or six-cell option. We had a unit with the six-cell battery and this is large enough to raise the laptop at an angle. Aside from giving us around 4 hours of charge it also makes the keyboard slightly easier to use. Although it has to be noted it means the design isn’t flush on the backside of the laptop.


    • Product Description: HP 2133 Mini-Note VIA C7-M ULV Processor 1.2 GHz. 8.9″ TFT
    • Colour: Grey
    • Dimensions (LxWxH): 25.5 cm x 3.3 cm x 16.5 chp-mini-note-2133m
    • Weight: 1.3 kg
    • Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, Wireless LAN aerial
    • Processor: VIA C7-M 1.6 GHz ULV
    • Cache Memory: 128 KB – L2 Cache
    • RAM: 1 GB (installed) / 2 GB (max) – DDR2 SDRAM – 667 MHz ( 1 x 1GB )
    • Hard Drive: 120GB Serial ATA-150 – 5400 rpm
    • Display: 8.9″ TFT 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA )
    • Graphics Controller: VIA Chrome 9
    • Audio Output: Sound Card
    • Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad
    • Wireless NIC: Broadcom 4311AG
    • Networking: Network adapter – Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g
    • Notebook Camera: Integrated
    • Battery: Lithium Ion
    • Run Time: Up To 4.5 hours
    • Operating System available: Windows / Linux
    • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

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