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Shuttle KPC K-4800

We liked Shuttle's original low-cost Linux desktop, but even though the KPC K-4800 adds a DVD drive and a few other upgrades, the price increase takes a toll on its overall value. Regardless of their operating system, too many Windows PCs give you more hardware for the money.

Oct. 5, 2008

3 stars Editors' rating Oct. 5, 2008

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Minilaptop CPU showdown: Atom vs. Neo vs. Nano

When you're on top, everyone else wants a piece of your action. Two new potential Atom-killers have launched recently, each looking to steal some marketshare from Intel with variations on the Netbook theme.

By Apr. 13, 2009


A second look at the updated Archos 9 tablet

Archos sent us an updated version of its 9 PC tablet, this time with a Intel Atom Z515 CPU. See how the new version fared in our benchmark tests.

By Apr. 21, 2010


Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S

Sony ditches the Netbook for this more upscale AMD-powered ultraportable, with good performance and features, but also an upscale price.

Feb. 17, 2011

3.5 stars Editors' rating Feb. 17, 2011

MSRP: $549.99


HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition

HP has added a Linux-based OS to its popular Mini 1000 Netbook's Mi edition, dressed up with a glossy, sexy front-end, but many users will still want the flexibility and familiarity of Windows.

Mar. 18, 2009

3.5 stars Editors' rating Mar. 18, 2009

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Acer W500-BZ467

The Acer Iconia Tab W500 works in several potentially good ideas, undone by half-baked physical design that makes it needlessly frustrating to use.

Dec. 6, 2011

3 stars Editors' rating Dec. 6, 2011

MSI Wind U160-007US

The basic-as-it-gets MSI Wind U160-007US is a leader in battery life, but shouldn't cost $80 more than comparable systems.

May. 17, 2010

3.5 stars Editors' rating May. 17, 2010

MSRP: $379.99


Toshiba Satellite L745D

Budget shoppers had best look elsewhere than the 14-inch Toshiba Satellite L745D-S4220. A low-end processor and middling speed aren't worth the $499 asking price, and we've seen many laptops in the same range that offer more.

Oct. 2, 2011

2.5 stars Editors' rating Oct. 2, 2011

Lenovo IdeaPad S205

Combining AMD's excellent ultraportable Fusion platform with Lenovo's consumer-friendly IdeaPad designs, the S205 is a solid, if unexciting, 11-inch laptop ideal for on-the-go Web surfing.

Aug. 29, 2011

3.5 stars Editors' rating Aug. 29, 2011

Pricing not available


Acer Aspire One 722

The Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is a budget-priced 11-inch laptop that's more powerful than a Netbook, but not as fast as some higher-priced 11-inch alternatives. Better options are out there for a little more money.

Jul. 18, 2011

3.5 stars Editors' rating Jul. 18, 2011