Among the current crop of netbooks available in the market today, three brands currently stand out - the Acer Aspire One D150, HP Mini 2140 and Eee PC 1000HE. Here's a brief comparison of these three netbooks to help you decide which netbook to buy.
Tale of the Netbook Specs
Looking into the technical specs of the Acer Aspire One D150, Asus Eee PC 1000HE and HP Mini 2140, we could immediately see the following common features:
- 10-inch display
- 1GB Ram
- 160GB HDD
- 1.3 webcam
- Windows XP Home
- 6-cell battery
- Intel Atom N270 for Acer Aspire One and HP Mini 2140 (Atom N280 for Eee PC 100HE)
Except for the Atom N280 CPU, all those specs are the standard among 10-inch netbooks today. The 160GB HDD is being supplemented by both HP and Eee PC with their respective cloud storage solution. Slightly different from the Acer and HP diagonal display is the Eee PC 1000HE LED-backlit WSVGA display. For some this is a big deal as it makes using the netbook outdoors a more pleasant experience.
When it comes to the CPU, the standard is of course Intel's Atom N270 processor which is present in both the Acer Aspire One and HP Min 2140. But Asus took it one step further by packing the 1000HE with the latest and slightly faster Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz CPU.
Battery-wise, all three netbooks sport 6-cell battery pack which still gives some differences when it comes to usage life. But with the Eee PC 1000HE's Super Hybrid Engine, users can choose among several power settings mode which could extend the Eee PC 1000HE's battery life longer.
Major Differences among the Three Netbooks
Obviously the Eee PC 1000HE is way ahead of its competitors when it comes to its processor, display and battery life. The Eee PC 1000HE can max out up to 7.5 hours of regular computing use. While the HP Mini 2140 can only last up to around 4 hours and 15 minutes of regular computing while the Acer Aspire One can last up to around 6 hours and 15 minutes of regular computing.
Both the HP Mini 2140 and Acer Aspire One D150 have diagonal displays which can have up to 1024x576 native resolutions while the Eee PC 1000HE can have as wide as 1024x600, aside from its LED-Backlit display. Obviously, the Eee PC 1000HE tops the two netbooks in this department.
Of course, the major difference is with the netbooks' processors. As we all know the Eee PC 1000HE comes with the newest Intel Atom N280 CPU with 1.66GHz clock speed while both the HP Mini 2140 and Acer Aspire One D150 are loaded with the Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU. Although the difference in performance and speed is very minimal, it would still matter when it comes to computing speed.
And the Best 10-inch Netbook Is
Actually choosing which among these three netbooks is the best depends on personal preferences. If you're looking for a netbook that is not too heavy on your budget, the Acer Aspire One would be your best choice. But if price is not an issue, and you want the classy-looking netbook, then the HP Mini 2140 would be your best choice. But if overall performance at a reasonable price would be your primary consideration in choosing your next netbook, then undoubtedly, you should get the Eee PC 1000HE. This was my primary consideration when I purchased my netbook recently, so I got the Eee PC 1000HE.