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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