Although my notebook of choice (and primary computer) is my MacBook Air, I sometimes prefer something smaller and cheaper to hit the road with… Enter the netbook!
I’ve owned (and hacked) several over the years, from the original Asus 701 (Eee) to the Toshiba NB205 (Mini), which I just retired. This time around I wanted something with better performance and a larger screen. Based on my past experience using (and modding) the Acer Aspire One, I decided to purchase a sapphire blue Acer Aspire 1410-2801 with an Intel Celeron SU2300 dual-core CULV processor and an 11.6″ screen.
It’s just semantics, but while being thin, light, and affordable, the Aspire 1410 is not marketed as a netbook. That’s fine by me, because I think current netbooks are too big and bloated – 11.6″ screens and full keyboards are great but how about smaller packaging? To me, older netbooks with 9″ screens are still the ideal in terms of system size and weight.