Netbook Offers (Dell and ClubMac)

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Netbooks lately. Netbooks are small, compact, lightweight computers that are very handy for travellers who need to have a computer handy.  They are great if your primary interest is Internet access while travelling. Most netbooks have built in WiFi for wireless Internet access — great at Internet cafes such as Starbucks, Borders, and some Barnes and Noble bookstores, among others. They can also be tethered to a cellphone for Internet access, too.

Some will say, “Isn’t this a laptop?”

Netbooks are much smaller and much lighter than laptops, and tend to use Flash memory cards like your digital camera, so netbooks have fewer moving parts than laptops. Netbooks also have less storage space, but most come with online storage or USB capability for thumb drives.

My top recommendations for netbooks include the Asus Eee PC and the Dell Inspiron mini 9. These two machines are expected to be hot items on Black Friday. That’s three days from today.

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Laptop Computer

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Laptop Computer

Staring at $399 this version of the mini 9 comes with Windows® XP Home Edition (yes, XP, not Vista). It’s covered by a 1 year limited warranty with Mail-In Service. It has an adequate 1 GB of RAM (memory), 8 GB Solid State Drive (storage), an integrated 0.3M Pixel Webcam. The processor is an Intel® Atom Processor® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache). The hi-res LED screen measures 8.9 inches, and is backed by an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA). It also has a wireless 802.11g Mini Card, a long lasting 32WHr Battery, Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1, Microsoft Works 9 without MS Word.

New orders can get a 3G upgrade for $125.

Click to take a better look, customize, and buy from Dell:
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Laptop Computer

For you Linux OS fans out there, there is a $349 Ubuntu Unix version starting at $349:
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Laptop Computer

Eee PC 901 12G – XP Home – Pearl White – Intel ATOM Processor

Also starting at $399 from ClubMac is the Asus Eee PC. It’s about the same as the mini 9, but it comes with 12 GB of storage plus 20 GB of online storage. Click to view and buy from Club Mac:
Eee PC 901 12G – XP Home – Pearl White – Intel ATOM Processor

Update: Watchout for netbooks using HDD (hard disk drives) versus SSD (solid-state drives). I prefer the SSD units because they have no moving parts and are more durable and more shock resistant than standard hard drive (HDD) technology. SSDs are smaller, and cost more, but their durability makes up for it. This is very important with a small portable computer which is more prone to shocks.

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  1. kaylee says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. Bill says:

    Whoa! Those little computers look pretty sweet, they would be perfect for commuting on the train…

  3. Hi, Bill. Yes, they’re really nice little machines. I particularly like the Asus models.

  4. Thanks for your post, Kaylee. Glad to know you’ve enjoyed reading my posts.

  5. Stanley says:

    Never buy anything from Club Mac.
    I placed an order on January 17th, the next day I got an email saying I needed to call them to verify the order. After being on hold for twenty minutes, I verified the order. Ten days later, I checked the order status and it still had not shipped. I called again (thirty minutes on hold) and was told I needed to re-reverify the order. Keep in mind, I have not been notified via e-mail or phone that I needed to call them again. When I finally got through, the agent said it was in stock and that they would ship it overnight. The next day I got an e-mail saying the item was discontinued. They did not offer an alternate product- not even a “we’re sorry.” Also, all the phone reps were rude and abrupt.

    This was supposed to be a birthday present for my father and now I’m the bad kid who didn’t send him anything. Thanks alot, Club Mac, you SUCK.

    • Sorry to hear about your bad experience with Club Mac, Stanley. I hope it was after one of my recommendations that you experienced the problem. I must admit, many customer service lines don’t know how to provide a good customer service experience. The mantra “The customer is always right” is a good starting point for service. They might also look into some of these books from

      Customer Service For Dummies
      Call Centers For Dummies

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