When Steve Jobs said this about Netbooks during his iPad keynote, I was a little skeptical of his claim. However, having used one for a week, I can only say that it is absolutely true. The experience is downright awful. They are slow, the display is too small, the keyboard is too small and they are really really slow. This experience was made on a netbook with an Intel Atom 1.6GHz N270 processor and the Intel 945GSE chipset. It also had 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD and a 10.1″ LED display running Windows 7 Starter. So, unless you need a really slow and small laptop with a terrible user experience, do yourself a very big favor and buy a cheap laptop such as one of the following and install Ubuntu on it:

  1. Acer Extensa 5235-901G16N (279 euros from Amazon) – dual core Intel Celeron M900 at 2.2GHz, 15.6″ wide screen display, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, 3xUSB  Intel GMA 4500M, DVD.
  2. Fujitsu Esprimo Mobile V6535 (279 euros from Amazon) – dual core Intel Celeron M900 at 2.2GHz, 15.6″ wide screen display, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, WLAN 802.11 b/g, 4xUSB  Intel GMA 4500M, DVD.
  3. Asus X5DIJ-SX155L (369 euros from Amazon) – dual core Intel T4300 at 2.1GHz, 15.6″ wide screen display, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, 4 x USB, Intel GMA 4500M, DVD.