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Which? finds netbooks to suit every pocket

Results from latest netbooks test unveiled

While the prices of some netbooks have started to creep up, Which? has found that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get a top notch portable netbook.

Gaming machine

We’ve tested the latest models from a range of manufacturers including Asus, Toshiba, Dell and Samsung. One model – Dell’s Alienware M11x, is aimed at gamers and will set you back an eye-watering £859. While it knocks spots off a standard netbook at playing games, it’s no match for a dedicated gaming PC.

Read the latest netbook reviews from Which?

Touch tablet

Packard Bell’s Butterfly Touch is not cheap at around £499, but it does have a a couple of nifty tricks up its sleeve compared with your average netbook. Not only is the screen touch-sensitive, it’s hinged too, so that it folds back onto the keyboard magically transforming it into a tablet PC.

Basic netbooks

The good news is that if all you’re after is a portable PC for carrying out basic everyday tasks like surfing the net or sending email, there are plenty of netbooks around that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Asus’ Eee PC 1015P, for example, will set you back around £285. It has a anti-glare screen, so you won’t see your face reflected onscreen if you’re using it in daylight.

Battery life testing

Battery life is key if you’re planning to use your netbook while you’re on the move. We like to see batteries that will last the whole working day without needing a charge. That’s why we put all our netbooks to the test by unplugging them from the mains and playing a film stored on the hard disk. 

The best netbook battery in our tests lasted for almost eight hours, while the worst gave up the ghost after three and a half hours, which should at least get you to the end of the film.

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