In the modern world, the compactness of digital high-tech devices is highly valued. Largely for this reason, so-called netbooks have replaced traditional laptops. These devices are a cross between tablets and full-fledged compact computers. In stores you can find a fairly large selection of these products. Because of this, making a choice may not be as easy as it might seem at first glance. We decided to help you solve this problem and ranked the best netbooks. This review not only lists the best devices and their key characteristics, but also gives a number of important tips on choosing the right one and purchasing a similar gadget.
How to choose the right netbook in 2022?
The main difference between a netbook and a laptop is the size. Typically, netbooks are much smaller in size than full-sized laptops, so it is much easier to take them with you on trips, business trips, to the country house, and so on. Taking into account that in terms of its functionality, this product, depending on the modification, can practically not differ in any way from both a laptop and a full-size computer.
It is quite natural that the first model that comes across should not be purchased, since it may not be suitable for a number of main characteristics. It is desirable to take into account a number of very important factors. The most important of these is the screen size. At the same time, you need to remember that the diagonal of the display of such products is in the range from 8 to 13 inches. In this case, the device will not seem uncomfortable or bulky. If the user is going to work with the device in public transport, it is best to give preference to netbooks with a diagonal of no more than 10 inches. For use in the office, you can purchase more bulky devices.
The mass of the device also plays an important role – in most cases it ranges from one to one and a half kilograms. Therefore, it is not too difficult to carry even the heaviest products with you. Another key point is processor performance. From this detail depends on the speed of the netbook, all processes – both system and user. Including the processor affects the battery life of the device.
But you should save on the amount of RAM. Unfortunately, most users of personal computers have long had a stereotype that such a factor has a positive effect on performance. Quite naturally – this statement is true for personal stationary computers, however, when working with laptops and netbooks, a larger amount of RAM leads to a rapid discharge of the battery.
A more important role is played by the volume of the hard disk of the device. If you are going to buy a netbook for playing games or watching movies, then it is advisable to give preference to a device with the maximum possible amount of memory so that in the future you do not need to buy an external hard drive. Currently, similar products have a drive that can accommodate from 100 to 800 GB. If you’re looking for more speed, it’s best to opt for an SSD drive. These devices will cost more, but the performance will be much higher.
In addition, you will have to decide whether you need an optical drive or whether you can do without it. Unfortunately, most of these devices are devoid of this detail – instead, you will have to use standard flash drives or external hard drives. Be sure to make sure that the netbook has a Wi-Fi adapter. It allows you to use the Internet in public places, connect to all sorts of network devices – printers, scanners, and so on.
The Bluetooth module will not be superfluous either – it will provide fast wireless data transfer between the netbook and various third-party devices: laptops, tablets, smartphones, players, mice, keyboards and a number of other devices. Wires in this case can not be used. When we decided which models to include in our ranking of the best laptops in 2022, we were primarily guided by the above factors, but at the same time, the price-quality ratio of products was also taken into account. We tried to include in our review not the most expensive devices, so that most of our readers can choose the best products for themselves in all respects.
10 best netbook models
10Lenovo IdeaPad S145
Perfect for daily use with excellent comfort. Can be used for work, study and entertainment, characterized by excellent iron performance. The amount of RAM is 4 GB, and if necessary, this parameter can be tripled – up to 12 GB, the processor is manufactured by Intel – one of the leading companies involved in the production of digital products of the latest generation. Due to these moments, it will be possible to comfortably use graphic and text editors, play even fairly demanding games. It is quite natural that there is access to the Internet through various channels – Wi-Fi, cable connection. System delays are completely absent. If necessary, you can run several applications at the same time.
The width of the frames is minimal, which creates a real effect of presence when watching movies, especially if this happens with a lack of natural light. The image quality is simply excellent, so on the basis of this device you can work with graphic editors and many video formats. The resolution is 1366×768 pixels. The device is equipped with sufficiently powerful speakers with support for Dolby Audio technology, so the sound here is excellent – loud, clear and very bright. The weight of the product is slightly above average – approximately 1.85 kg, but you can still take it with you anywhere. The battery capacity is enough for 5.5 hours of continuous operation.
- Compact overall dimensions;
- High battery capacity;
- Excellent performance;
- Good display resolution;
- The sound of the speakers is clear and balanced.
- Weight and dimensions are slightly above average.
Lenovo IdeaPad S145
9. HP Stream 11-aj0002ur
This netbook was originally designed for people who live a rich and dynamic life. First of all, it is worth noting that this device is distinguished by its compact size and a sufficiently capacious lithium-ion type battery, the capabilities of which are enough for about 13 hours of continuous operation. The design is bright, but practical – all the edges are streamlined and covered with a special matte plastic. It does not leave fingerprints and other contaminants. The developers managed to achieve a similar effect largely due to the technology of surface treatment by vertical grinding of plastic. The Wi-Fi interface is accelerated here, so even with a low speed of the incoming Internet, it will be possible to achieve high-quality video communications, in particular, connections via the Skype, Viber and other messengers.
This device is produced with a pre-installed Windows 10 system – the most common today around the world. The netbook is equipped with two front-facing speakers that provide high-quality sound. At the same time, they are arranged in such a way that the sound is directed only at the user. The webcam is very clear, so thanks to it it will be possible to hold professional work meetings or have friendly gatherings with friends. Another characteristic feature of the product is the original DDR4 RAM. It has more efficiency and excellent performance, which, as a rule, is not very typical for netbooks.
- Insignificant weight;
- The battery holds a charge for a long time;
- Acceptable cost;
- Good sound quality;
- Excellent performance.
- The graphics card integrated into the motherboard generates excessive heat when using resource-demanding applications.
HP Stream 11-aj0002ur
8. ASUS VivoBook Flip 12
One of the most compact models in our review today – the diagonal is only 11.6 inches. The main feature of this device is its ability to convert into a tablet with a touch surface. The keyboard of the device is not just detachable, but can also act as a stand for the display. The keyboard itself is full-size except perhaps for an additional numeric keypad. The keys are very comfortable, silent, so they can be used even when everyone is asleep at home. This device has a standard operating system Windows 10. The amount of operating memory is 2 GB. For modern games, this will obviously not be enough, but it will be enough to work with a browser and text editors. There is also not too much internal memory here – 4 GB, but there is cloud storage where you can place not only photos or videos, but also applications, programs, and so on.
One of the main features of this netbook is the battery – a three-cell polymer battery with a capacity of 42 W, which allows for autonomous operation of the device for about 10-12 hours. The gadget has a matte anti-reflective screen, which is additionally protected from possible fingerprints and other contaminants.
- Very convenient transformer;
- Easy to use and transport;
- Insignificant weight;
- Pretty bright display.
- Not everyone likes the overall power of the device.
ASUS VivoBook Flip 12
7. ASUS F540
This model is a high-quality working netbook that is able to cope with most simple and complex tasks. However, it is often used as a gaming device, which is able to support demanding applications at an acceptable level. In addition, these products have an attractive appearance, they are made using a huge number of modern technologies. Although the netbook has been on the market for about three years, its relevance still stands up to the competition. The design of the product is quite recognizable, and the body is completely made of high-quality plastic of increased strength with a matte finish. The surface is stylized as polished metal. The model is made in several colors – black, brown, gold and white. The display resolution is 1366×720 pixels, and the dot density is 100 ppi, which ensures maximum image clarity.
Color reproduction is excellent, as are viewing angles – the picture is not distorted up to 180 degrees. The top cover opens to a maximum angle of 135 degrees. This parameter is quite enough for watching videos or comfortable work. The display here is glossy, which is why in direct sunlight it will not be as easy to see what is happening on the screen as we would like. One of the key features of this product is the ability to fine-tune the sound using AudioWizard technology, due to which the sound becomes clear and as clear as possible.
- Excellent and loud sounding speakers;
- The presence of a high-speed USB Type-C interface;
- Compact overall dimensions;
- original appearance;
- Carefully thought-out ergonomics of the keyboard.
- The netbook does not have an optical drive;
- The location of the USB connectors is not very convenient;
- The integrated graphics card uses RAM resources.
6. KREZ N1303
Despite the fact that this netbook is produced by a not very well-known company, it surpasses products manufactured by more popular corporations in many ways. In particular, its functionality allows you to work with quite heavy and demanding programs, and the battery capacity provides a long battery life without recharging. The lid is mounted on hinges, so if necessary, the device can be easily turned into a console or tablet. The screen here is glossy, produced using IPS technology. The diagonal is not too big – only about 13.3 inches, but even it will be enough for presentations in small rooms.
The display of the device is touch-sensitive, supports up to ten simultaneous touches. Largely due to this, it is possible to achieve easy and quick control of all the functionality of this netbook. It uses a solid-state drive, whose volume is 32 GB, which also positively affects the overall performance of the device. Works netbook based on a quad-core processor Intel Atom x5-Z8350, whose clock speed ranges from 1.44 to 1.92 GHz. Additional performance is provided by DDR3L format RAM – its volume is 2 GB.
- Small weight and compact dimensions;
- The battery holds a charge for a long time;
- Quite comfortable keyboard.
- Weak Wi-Fi module.
5. Acer ASPIRE 1
Despite the fact that for the first time this netbook model appeared on the Russian market about 12 years ago, it still continues to enjoy a certain popularity. To date, this netbook from ACER is quite budgetary, but with all this, in many of its characteristics it significantly surpasses many modern models – that’s why the company still manufactures it. This netbook has an Intel Atom N270 1600 MHg processor, whose frequency is only 512 kB. In terms of RAM, it is still worse – only 1 GB. However, this does not in the least prevent this device from working even with modern applications (not gaming) and ensuring high stability of their work.
The screen size of this netbook is 9 inches. It is quite natural that the image quality of this device is slightly below average – about 1024×600 pixels. As a result, this device allows you to get a picture of not too high quality, but it works very stably with all programs.
- Very convenient due to the thoughtful ergonomics of the keyboard;
- Quite a pleasant appearance;
- The keys click very quietly;
- Large amount of internal memory;
- The touchpad works instantly.
- No modern wireless modules;
- There is no additional keyboard and no optical drive.
Acer ASPIRE 1
4. Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15.6 GTX
Despite the fact that the manufacturer initially announced that it was launching a laptop on the market, as a result, all retailers defined this product as a netbook due to its compact dimensions and overall performance. First of all, I would like to note the original and very attractive appearance of the model. The display bezels are quite narrow here – first of all, the side ones, the top one is slightly wider, but there is a high-resolution camera. Thanks to it, it is possible to provide high quality remote communication. The model weighs only a little more than a kilogram, so the device can be carried with you all the time – in your hands or in a backpack. The product opens at an angle of about 150 degrees, so this parameter will be quite enough for any situation. The touch display is not provided here.
The outer cover holds well – no backlash, squeaks and other extraneous sounds were found here. The keys are relatively far apart, so touch typing is fairly easy. The keyboard has an LED backlight that allows you to work with it even in absolute darkness. The RAM is 8 or 16 GB, and a 256 GB hard drive is installed, and the internal memory can be expanded if necessary.
- All-metal body;
- Sufficiently high-quality functional component;
- Very convenient touchpad, equipped with a fingerprint scanner;
- High performance in terms of any application.
- Heavy model;
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15.6 GTX
3. HP 15-rb033ur
In third place in our ranking of the best netbooks in 2022, the entry-level model, which was originally designed for quite an ordinary user, is firmly entrenched. It is intended for solving quite basic tasks – working with text and other editors, watching videos, surfing the Internet. The device is equipped with a display with a diameter of 14.4 inches, which is much larger than a standard netbook, making it much more convenient to work on it. The image quality is fully consistent with the HD + format. There is also an anti-reflective coating that helps to work with this device even if direct sunlight falls on it. The main working element of the netbook is the AMD A6-9220 processor together with 4 GB of RAM. Additional speed device provides graphics accelerator AMD Radeon R4.
The amount of internal storage is as much as 500 GB, which is a very significant figure for a netbook. On the case you can find a USB 3.1 connector, which provides high-speed data transfer. There is also a built-in Wi-Fi module that supports speeds up to 1000 Mbps. The device has built-in stereo speakers of high quality and clarity. If necessary, the netbook can display the picture on the TV screen or monitor using Miracast technology. There is also a fast charging function.
- High performance;
- Good display resolution;
- Fairly long battery life
- Attractive appearance;
- The operating system loads quickly.
- Screen brightness is average;
- Color rendition leaves much to be desired.
2. ASUS Z540MA-GQ105
The case of this product is made of high-quality plastic with a matte finish. The diagonal is 12.6 inches, which is quite acceptable for a netbook, given that the resolution of the device is 1366×768 – a similar parameter almost corresponds to HD quality, especially if you take into account the refresh rate – as much as 60 Hz. Not every full-fledged laptop or monitor can notice such a factor. The keyboard is equipped with a numeric keypad, so the pressing response here is minimal. This allows the netbook to be used as a gaming platform. The basis here is a quad-core Pentium Silver N5000 processor, the maximum frequency of which is 2.7 GHz, but if necessary, it can be increased to 3.6 GHz.
The device has a powerful 4 GB DDR4 RAM, which, together with the integrated Intel UHD 605 graphics card, helps to achieve high picture quality and fast image updates. On top of that, the netbook has a built-in 500 GB hard drive. Not surprisingly, there is also a built-in webcam with an integrated microphone, and an extended speaker system. With its help, you can hear absolutely all frequencies.
- Relatively light model;
- Good performance;
- A significant amount of built-in and RAM;
- Small overall dimensions.
- Not too convenient is the socket for the charger;
- It will not be possible to add RAM if necessary.
1. Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2017
Among all the products of the world-famous American company, it is netbooks that are characterized by a quite reasonable cost with a fairly wide functionality. Despite the fact that this model was launched on the market in 2017, it does not differ in its capabilities from the device that went on sale back in 2015 – the main difference here is the design and the presence of a USB Type-C connector. Nevertheless, in terms of its capabilities, this model is far superior to all other models included in our ranking of the best netbooks. The main distinguishing point is a very fast quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz, which, if necessary, can be increased to 3.8 GHz. The amount of RAM here is as much as 8 GB, which also has a positive effect on the performance of the device.
The capacity of the hard drive is 127 GB, but cloud storage has already been provided here, where you can install applications, download movies, and so on. The display diagonal is 13 inches. Its resolution is 1440×900 pixels with a density of 128 ppi. The device is equipped with two stereo speakers, the total power of which is enough to listen to music in a medium-sized room. The sound is average, but all frequencies are heard quite clearly, no dips were found, even at maximum volume no sound distortion was detected. The battery with active use will be enough for 10-12 hours of work. In standby mode, it can last up to a month.
- Excellent performance;
- Powerful wireless capabilities;
- Very smooth key travel
- Long battery life;
- Attractive appearance.
- Significantly more expensive than analogues.
Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2017
In conclusion, a useful video
The review of the best netbooks to date is over. As you can see, there are not too many such products now, but there are still worthy models. If you have this product, then tell our readers about it in the comments to this article. They will definitely be interested to know about your experience with such digital technology.