Four new mini-laptops -- which is smallest, lightest, best?

We pit mini-notebooks from Acer, Asus, HP and Sylvania against each other. Who's the final winner?

  • The Netbook uses gOS, an offshoot of Ubuntu 8.04 Linux. Sylvania doesn't sell the system with Windows XP, but the company says it can be loaded on the system.

  • Bigger can be better, and the Asus Eee PC 1000's 10-in. display provides nearly double the viewable space that the G Netbook's 7-in. screen does.

  • Whichever color strikes your fancy, Acer's Aspire One is well made and looks like a computer costing hundreds of dollars more.

  • Instead of a cluttered desktop, the home screen of Aspire One's Linpus Linux Lite operating system is divided into four groups: Connect, Work, Fun and Files.

  • At just 2 pounds, Sylvania's G Netbook is one of the smallest computers available anywhere; even with its petite AC adapter, it weighs 2.5 pounds, 10 ounces lighter than the Eee PC 1000.

  • Based on Xandros Linux, the Eee PC 1000's home page has tabbed selections for Internet, Work, Learn, Play, Settings and Favorites.

  • The HP 2133 is built around the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop; oddly, it has a Windows key that brings up the operating system's shortcut screen.

  • While HP's 2133 Mini-Note PC has a cool-looking rounded brushed aluminum case, it's a lot of computer stuffed into a small package with excellent audio.

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