Netbooks aren't known for their smooth playback of high definition video. Manufacturers have found a solutions to this problem, by either using an Nvidia-based chipset (Ion) or a hardware decoder chip made by Broadcom. The Asus EeePC 1005PR ($400 street) uses the latter and complements it with a 1,366 by 768 resolution screen. Only a handful of netbooks support the Broadcom solution, namely the Dell Inspiron Mini 10s (HD) ($425 Direct, ) and HP Mini 5102 ($400 Direct, ), with the 1005PR being the cheapest. It's worth looking into if you watch a lot of HD or are sick of Web pages being cut-off abruptly at the bottom.
AsusTek Computer Inc.
- Price as Tested: $400.00 Street
- Type: General Purpose, Ultraportable, Value, Netbook
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition
- Processor Name: Intel Atom N450
- Processor Speed: 1.66 GHz
- RAM: 1 GB
- Weight: 2.7 lb
- Screen Size: 10.1 inches
- Screen Size Type: widescreen
- Graphics Card: Intel GMA 3150
- Storage Capacity: 250 GB
- Networking Options: 802.11n
- Primary Optical Drive: External