Invasion of the Netbooks: New systems from Asus, Acer, and Sylvania

New Netbooks have hit the Labs, and CNET editors are currently conducting the full battery of tests.

From left to right: the Asus Eee PC 1000, Eee PC 901, Sylvania g netbook, and Acer Aspire One.

Sure, it's a popular new form factor , but we've been hit by a literal flood of new Netbooks in the past few days.

This tiny laptop tsunami includes the new 10-inch version of the Asus Eee PC, plus a 7-inch system from Sylvania (yes, the lightbulb and microwave company, although it looks like someone just licensed the name), and Acer's 9-inch Aspire One . We're testing all three systems right now, but here's a quick rundown in the meantime.

Asus Eee PC 1000: The 10-inch version of the Eee PC has a few new tricks up its sleeve. We've got the Linux version, which packs in an impressive 40GB SSD hard drive; there's also a Windows XP version with a standard 80GB hard drive. Both have Intel's new power-saving Atom processor. On the downside, prices continue to creep up, and we're seeing this available for $699.

Sylvania g netbook: It's superlight and weighs less than 2 pounds. It's a lot like the original Eee PC, in that it's $399, and it has a 7-inch screen, plus a custom Linux operating system. It has a 30GB standard hard drive (good) and, like the HP 2133 Mini-Note, a 1.2GHz VIA C7 CPU, instead of Intel's Atom or even Celeron M (not so good).

Acer Aspire One: Impressive-looking at first glance, this 9-inch netbook is thinner than the 9-inch Eee PC, and has Intel's Atom CPU and Linux, but only 512MB of RAM and an 8GB SSD hard drive (a 120GB standard hard drive is also available). It'll start at around $379 when it's available, sometime in Q3.

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.

 

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