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Netbooks put to the test

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The latest trend in laptops is netbooks; small, lightweight, inexpensive computers primarily designed for web browsing and emailing.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluated 9 of the latest entries.

Netbooks - a notebook computer with a small processor and screen, are growing in popularity - both for their size and price.

Rachel Rothman Test Engineer, Good Housekeeping Research Institute These netbooks are great for students to carry into class, for traveling businessmen to take with them, and also mothers when they are in the kitchen to quickly look up a recipe.

In the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's tests, the $350, thin and light Asus Eee PC 1000HA ranked Number 1. It loaded programs and transferred files faster than all the other machines tested. The $400 Lenovo had the largest screen, in spite of being the most compact of all the Netbooks.

Rachel Rothman "And its battery life was quite exceptional lasting almost four hours."

The super small $330 MSI Wind U120 offers the most viewable screen in both sunlight and darkness. But some consumers complained that the keystrokes felt stiff. And the $350 Dell Mini 10 was the only netbook tested with a built in port for easy watching of web video.

You can save $250 or more by picking a netbook over a full-size laptop.

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