Latest Netbooks: LG Xnote Mini, Toshiba NB100 and Lenovo IdeaPad S10

The netbook craze is huge. It seems like every day some manufacturers will introduce a new Netbook. In the past few weeks only, a few new Netbooks have been launched. Now, if you wonder what are Netbooks and how are they different from normal laptops, well in essence, Netbooks are laptop computers with much smaller form factor than the standard laptops and thus very portable. This small form-factor has helped in its rapid acceptance by computer users.

Cute netbooks

Anyway, let’s take a quick look at three of the recently launched Netbooks. Maybe we can check what are each Netbook’s pros to let us decidewhich ones to keep, and which to ditch. 🙂

The first one is the LG Xnote Mini. At a glance, I really like the sleek design, should appeal to most people especially female users. Anyway, this new model from LG that sports a 10-inch form factor is claimed to be the lightest ever made by the Korean company! Dubbed Xnote Mini, it is equipped with a 10-inch display with a built-in 1.3-mega pixel web camera. It also features a 160GB hard drive. In addition to that, this latest Netbook from LG is also powered by Intel’s highly successful Atom processor, which will probably deliver a core speed of 1.6GHz.

One of the main features of LG’s Xnote Mini is that it comes with a weight of just 1.19kg, according to the official statement of the company.

Toshiba NB100

The second Netbook is the Toshiba NB100.

Toshiba has confirmed mid last month that the 8.9-inch Netbook NB100 will make it to shelves in October. The Linux version will be equipped with Ubuntu 8.04, and for those who prefer Windows, you can choose Windows XP.

The display resolution is 1024 x 600 – and powered by Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom N270. Depending on the version you choose, it’ll come with 512MB or 1GB of memory and up to 120GB of hard drive capacity. There’s a 0.3-megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g WiFi and the usual complements of USB, VGA, audio and ethernet ports.

Toshiba claims the battery life can last up to 3 hours and 47 minutes. It didn’t state a battery capacity, but the pics suggest we’re looking at a big, six-cell pack. Available in three colors – black, silver and gold – the range will start from £260 (US$470).

Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Guess what, Lenovo is also leaping into the UMPC ring, announcing a 10-inch machine with a healthy feature set.The Lenovo IdeaPad S10 is a 10-inch Netbook with some impressive features that help place it a step above the others. Does the S10 have what it takes to stand out in the ultra-portable-notebook market that is becoming increasingly more crowded?

The IdeaPad S10 comes with Windows XP pre-installed, measures at 9.8 x 7.2 inches, weighs just 2.4-pounds in its lightest configuration, and pack in a LED back-lit 10-inch screen. Powered by Intel Atom N270 and 945 GSE express chipset, the diminutive PC also has some advanced heat-dissipation tech so that your lap and wrists won’t get overheated. 🙂

Priced at US$399, the cheaper one will have 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive. The other one will be available at US$449.99, and it will have 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive.