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£250 Compaq Mini 311c-1010SA 11.6-inch Netbook

The Compaq Mini 311c is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Processor N270, Intel’s smallest chip built with the world’s smallest transistors. All devices powered by Intel Atom processors allow you to stay in touch on-the-go, connect to business, enjoy entertainment, and remain connected affordably.

The compact 11.6 inch HD LED BrightView widescreen display delivers a resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels which delivers crisp and vibrant colours. Graphic performance is achieved using an NVIDIA ION LE graphics processor which turns up the visuals on compact, low-power notebooks with greater performance than similar systems.

The NVIDIA ION graphics processor presents full 1080p HD video with true-fidelity 7.1 audio, a premium experience with Windows 7 and with CUDA technology to accelerate the most demanding applications, this vastly improves the notebook’s ability to work with visual content such as video encoding. This delivers the highest quality visuals and an immersive viewing experience.

An integrated webcam and microphone and the latest Altec Lansing speakers, will give you great quality Internet-based video and audio communication. So for example, if you’re using MSN or Skype, your friends and family will be able to hear and see you perfectly. And if you just want to capture the moment, use your webcam to take still photos or video.

This netbook comes with 1GB RAM, a 160GB HDD, Nvidia ION, HDMI, Windows XP SP3, Wi-Fi and is available for sale for £250 from Amazon (opens in new tab).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.