Picking the right netbook isn’t an easy decision and thanks to the inclusion of Nvidia ION technology in more netbooks it hasn’t gotten any easier. The inclusion of an ION GPU to the typically underpowered netbooks has made it possible for users to watch HD video, edit images at a reasonable pace and yes, even play call of Duty thanks to ION/Atom combo. Joanna Stern at Engadget has put 4 ION powered netbooks to the test to make it easier for you to choose the right one.
Joanna tested the ASUS Eee PC 1201N, Lenovo IdeaPad S12, HP Mini 311 and the Samsung N510 netbooks which retail between $475 and $650; a range typically reserved for cheap notebooks and above the average cost of a netbook. The ION netbook roundup looked at 5 areas to find the top ION powered netbook including;
- Keyboard, touchpad and screen
- Overall performance
- Graphics and HD performance
- Battery life
One surprise that showed up in the head-to-head was that all of the ION powered netbooks felt a bit sluggish when opening programs, possibly a result of higher screen resolution, but something to keep in mind.
You can check out the full ION powered netbook Head-to-Head (with pictures and detailed stats) for the overall ION winner; but don’t forget that CES is just a week away and we will likely see new ION powered netbooks sporting the Atom N450 processor which could bring better performance to the table.