Best Netbooks in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 13, 2018
Laptops were originally designed to be mobile, but they are often rather heavy to carry around all day. And what if you urgently need to use your computer? That's when netbooks come in. Lightweight and small, yet highly functional. Our netbook review will help you choose the best netbook. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
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PROS
You can video call your family and friends from anywhere in the world with a 1.2MP camera and enhanced sound quality of ASUS SonicMaster. True pleasure!
CONS
Fingerprints and scratches are visible on the glossy finish.
OUR VERDICT
Cutting-edge 2-in-1 netbook with a powerful processor and enhanced Ivy Bridge graphics performs 16% better than its predecessors.
detailed parameters
Display
10.1" / 1366 x 768
Weight
1.09 kg
OS
Windows 10 Home
CPU
Intel Atom Z3775 Quad-Core, 1.46 GHz
RAM
2 GB
Drive
32 GB eMMC
CLOUD STORAGE
1 TB (1 year)
Ports
1 x micro HDMI 1 x micro USB 1 x USB 3.0 port 1 x Microphone-in / Headphone-out Jack MicroSD Card Reader
Battery life
Up to 11 hours
PROS
Special soft cover adjusts this tablet-turned-netbook in one of two positions. The operation is quiet thanks to a clever design that needs no cooler.
CONS
The time to activate Office 365 is limited.
OUR VERDICT
An extremely stylish ergonomic netbook of ultrathin design. Be it work or entertainment, with HP Pavillion everything you need is close at hand.
detailed parameters
Display
10.1" / 1280 x 800
Weight
0.92 kg
OS
Windows 8.1 with Bing
CPU
Intel Atom Z3736F Quad-Core, 1.33 GHz
RAM
2 GB
Drive
32 GB eMMC
CLOUD STORAGE
1 TB (1 year)
Ports
1 x micro HDMI 1 x micro USB 1 x USB 2.0 port 1 x Headphone / Microphone Combo Multi-format SD media Card Reader
Battery life
Up to 11 hours
PROS
Top-of-the-line AccuType keyboard with flat rounded keys is extremely easy to use; when you type, you type fast and make next to no mistakes.
CONS
No two-finger scrolling with touchpad.
OUR VERDICT
Your Netbook could not be simpler to use. A perfect balance between reliability, performance, usability, and price.
detailed parameters
Display
11.6" / 1366 x 768
Weight
1 kg
OS
Windows 10 Home
CPU
Intel Atom Z3735F Quad-Core, 1.33 GHz
RAM
2 GB
Drive
32 GB eMMC
CLOUD STORAGE
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Ports
1 x HDMI 2 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x Audio Combo Jack MicroSD Card Reader
Battery life
Up to 8 hours
PROS
An unusually big RAM for a netbook, so the performance is fairly neat. High-quality built-in stereo speakers will allow you to skip buying external ones, and it has a pre-installed antivirus.
CONS
The Storage space in not too large in comparison.
OUR VERDICT
ASUS created a very eye-catching netbook that will complement the user's personality. Being a Chromebook, it offers access to a variety of useful apps.
detailed parameters
Display
11.6" / 1366 x 768
Weight
0.98 kg
OS
Chrome OS
CPU
Rockchip RK3288C Quad-Core, 2 GHz
RAM
4 GB
Drive
16 GB eMMC
CLOUD STORAGE
100 GB (2 years)
Ports
2 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x micro HDMI 1 x Combo Audio Jack MicroSD Card Reader
Battery life
Up to 13 hours
PROS
Acer ComfyView lessens the load your eyes endure with any screen. Also, a unique drainage system makes it safe to have a cup of tea near the netbook without fear.
CONS
The processor uses quite a bit of power.
OUR VERDICT
With a 64-bit Windows 10 Home edition and integrated HD Graphics 400, this Cloudbook provides great performance of many tasks.
detailed parameters
Display
11.6" / 1366 x 768
Weight
1.20 kg
OS
Windows 10 Home
CPU
Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core, 1.60 GHz
RAM
2 GB
Drive
32 GB eMMC
CLOUD STORAGE
1 TB (1 year)
Ports
1 x HDMI 1 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x USB 3.0 ports 1 x Audio Combo Jack SD Card Reader
Battery life
Up to 10 hours

ASUS T100TAM

Wondrous Transformer

ASUS always keep abreast of the customers' desires, which is why they are one of the leaders on the computer market. They were the developers of the very first tablet-convertible netbook, and they keep steady progress in their new models since. The keyboard of the Asus T100TAM is detached easily to turn your netbook into a tablet in a blink of an eye. It is very convenient and it will allow you to use the device in any place, even if you, for example, have no place or time to sit down. Likewise, the 10.1" IPS display will be clear whatever angle you look at it from. This netbook operates on Windows 10 Home and includes a year-long subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and an access to 1TB of space at OneDrive making it a perfect machine to buy for work and entertainment. Speaking of entertainment, by the way, the ASUS SonicMaster technology implemented here enhances the sound quality to provide you exhilarating experience with music and movies. The 1.2MP camera might be not the best for high-definition photos but it is quite enough to make video calls where you will see the other side nicely. The glossy finish looks very stylish and businesslike, you might want to additionally buy a cover to both protect the netbook and add a personal touch to how it looks when you carry it.

Review of ASUS T100TAM Convertible Netbook

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HP Pavilion X2

Top Comfort

The HP Pavilion X2 Detachable Laptop is highly ergonomic and portable, one of the most important qualities when we talk about netbooks. Transforming the netbook into a tablet takes no effort at all, and when you do need the netbook mode the soft cover with a special magnet can help adjust the display at one of two angles for utmost convenience. So whether you want to make notes on the go or sitting is a cafe, the HP Pavilion will be a really convenient device. Its other benefit is ultra quiet operation achieved with a unique approach to the design without the need for a cooler and, consequently, ventilation holes.

The USB port is located on the display part of the netbook, providing an opportunity to transfer files in a tablet mode. If you are looking for a handy device to take with you when you travel, this HP Pavilion X2 Detachable Laptop is a perfect pick.

Review of HP Pavilion X2 Detachable Laptop

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Lenovo ideapad 100S

Simply Reliable

The Lenovo Ideapad 100S Netbook is an affordable model with the operational range of some more expensive gadgets. Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3735F processor with 1.33GHz frequency and 2GB RAM works pretty fast. The 32GB drive space can be further expanded with the help of a memory card or an external drive. Ideapad 100S has two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI to connect a monitor, a TV or a projector, and a headphones/mic combo jack. Typing is extremely convenient with the AccuType keyboard, the number of typos will decrease due to the ergonomic keys design. All-in-all, Lenovo Ideapad 100S Netbook combines good performance with usability at a fairly good price.

Review of Lenovo ideapad 100S Netbook

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ASUS C201A

Performing in Style

Chromebooks today are gaining more popularity among netbook users due to a number of benefits they provide. This ASUS Chromebook catches attention from the first moment with its classy design. But the looks weren't created to avert your attention from poor functionality. To the contrary, the Quad-Core Rockchip RK3288C processor features 2GHz frequency and the netbook loads quickly. The 4GB RAM is quite large for a netbook, with it, you can easily work in a multi-window mode. The battery is also high performing, it offers up to 13 hours of continuous operation. The touchpad supports multitouch gesture option, and a full-size one-piece keyboard has a nice feel to it, what with the swift response and accuracy.

As it is a Chromebook, it, of course, has Chrome OS installed. The benefits of this system include its access to Chrome extensions, games, and apps. Additionally, this ASUS Chromebook features a pre-installed automatically updated anti-virus software to protect all your data. This is a gadget we would recommend to anyone whose work is mostly performed within the Internet community. Stylish highly protected gadget for those living online.

Review of ASUS C201A Chromebook

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Acer AO1-132

Nice Asset

The Acer AO1-132 Cloud Book is a netbook good for a variety of tasks. In addition to 64-bit Windows 10 Home, you will obtain a year of Microsoft Office 365 and 1TB of space with OneDrive. There is also a USB 3.0 port, which is still not present in all netbooks. This port transfers data faster than the regular USB 2.0 (also available here). The display is of a regular 11.6" with 1366x768 pixels resolution, not the Full HD but still a good quality for a movie or two while you're travelling. This netbook is a blessing for people who spend long hours working on their computer as it features the Acer ComfyView technology. The said technology greatly reduces the load your eyes endure. Netbooks do not come with CD/DVD drives but there is always an option to buy an external one to watch your favourite movie or listen to a music CD (if you're into retro style, otherwise we'd recommend an external hard drive). We would also like to point out the unique drainage system of the keyboard, thanks to which the netbook does not fear liquid. If you accidentally knock over a glass of water or a cup of coffee the keyboard will survive it. Top it all with an Intel Celeron N3060 processor and Intel HD Graphics 400, and the Acer AO1-132 Cloud Book is a pretty good way to spend money usefully.

Review of Acer AO1-132 Cloud Book

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What is a Netbook

A modern netbook is a portable device, different from a traditional laptop due to its high ergonomics, compactness, small weight, and longer battery life. Netbooks are, of course, inferior to laptops in terms of performance, but if you need a mobile device with a standard keyboard to surf the Internet, use office applications, check your e-mail, or even watch your favourite movies during a trip, then a netbook is all you need.

You can choose powerful, sensor, and gaming laptops in our reviews of best gaming laptops, best touchscreen laptops, and best Chromebooks. And here we offer you a netbook review with 5 best up-to-date netbooks and their key features.

What Features to Compare

When you decide to purchase a netbook, same as with laptops, the first thing you should pay attention to is the device's Performance. The performance depends on various factors. For example, the processor may be manufactured by either Intel or AMD. Nowadays, the netbook manufacturers prefer Intel CPUs, as they have lower power consumption and are overall better suited for computing operations. Then, there is also a RAM, a type of volatile memory, where the data are stored until the power is cut off, a short-term memory. Larger RAM provides for better multitasking of the device. A graphic processing unit's (GPU) is in charge of processing images and textures. In general, netbooks have an integrated GPU. After that, look at the drive type. There are 2 main types of drives used in netbooks, HDD and SSD flash drives. The main advantages you get by purchasing a netbook with an SSD drive are a high speed of data access, small weight, and tolerance to shaking, as they do not have mechanical parts. As for HDDs, their main advantage is a lower price. The larger the drive capacity is, the more data you can store there. Also, it is worth mentioning that almost all netbooks have a preinstalled operation system. The most popular OSs for netbooks are Windows and Chrome.

The second major parameter is your mini notebook's Image Quality. Modern netbooks usually have a screen size from 10" to 14", and the resolution from 1024x600 to 1920x1080 pixels. Higher resolution means a higher image detail on the screen. You should also take into account the display panel technology. It can be a TN panel or an IPS panel. The TN panels are cheaper and have smaller viewing angles, but at the same time, they can boast a much better response time between 1-5 ms. And the IPS panels provide brighter colours and viewing angles for them reach 178 degrees. There are also netbooks with touchscreens, so you will be able to use them as tablets.

The autonomous operation efficiency depends on the netbook's Power Supply and Battery. Most manufacturers use batteries with 2-4 cells and the capacity of 3000-5000 mAh in their small laptops. With such a battery the netbook's autonomous operation time may reach 10-12 hours. Of course, it can also be affected by the screen diagonal and brightness, as high brightness requires more energy and, as a result, the operational time of the battery decreases drastically.

And the last thing we recommend you to consider is the netbook's Design and Ergonomics. Today you can find a netbook of any colour and design. The netbook's appearance should correspond to your personal style and way of life. The most ergonomic models of netbooks are those of small sizes. They are thin and lightweight, you will easily fit such devices into your bag and won't even feel their weight. Then, choose the material of your future mini laptop. In most cases, netbooks are made of either aluminium or plastic. The devices with an aluminium casing will be more durable; they are also more resistant to external actions. As for netbooks with a plastic casing, they are, first of all, cheaper. Few up-to-date netbook models (usually, those with touchscreens) have a screen that you can tilt at almost any angle, so you will purchase two devices in one.

Sources:

1. Netbook guideuSwitch.

2. How do I Choose the Best Netbook? wiseGEEK.

3. Jason Cross, Jon L. Jacobi, Loyd Case How to choose a netbookPC Advisor

4. How to Choose a LaptopwikiHow.

5. Callum Tennent What is a Chromebook, Which?

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