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DealWatch: Price trends on Netbooks


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Overview: Deals on 10" HDD-based Windows XP netbooks have been at a stalemate since Black Friday. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10 has seen the most discounts closely followed by the MSI Wind. On average, 10" netbooks offer larger keyboards than their 9" counterparts. However, their bigger screens usually share the same 1024x600 resolution you'll find in 9" netbooks. Click here to see the latest deals on 10" HDD Windows XP netbooks.

Final Verdict
Although most consumers might assume Linux netbooks offer the best prices, their Windows XP-based counterparts are often cheaper. Nvidia's Ion platform — which marries Intel's Atom CPU with Nvidia's GeForce 9400M — is expected to give netbooks added horsepower when it debuts in netbooks later this quarter. However, early tests of the Acer Aspire Revo (the first desktop to use the Ion platform) show that the Ion platform offers a lackluster media experience. As a result, we could see prices on 9" HDD XP-based netbooks fall further as more expensive Ion netbooks enter the market. Stay tuned to our netbook deals page for the latest on all netbook news.

Shipping prices (where applicable) were factored into the pricing in our data.

Louis Ramirez is dealnews' Features editor.

DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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