If you’re after an affordable netbook for the kids or as a third computer (after your workhorse and tablet), then have a peek at the eMachines eM350, built by Acer.
The product, which is currently on sale at Ebay on Tesco’s outlet for only £129, bears all the hallmarks of an average, run of the mill netbook. It's a refurbished model, but does come with a full one year warranty.
There’s an Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.66GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard disk drive, Windows 7, a 10.1in 1,024 x 600 display, a card reader, up to three hours battery life, Wi-Fi, two USB ports, but no HDMI output.
With the launch of Windows RT, netbooks, as we know them will probably disappear, as cheaper ARM-based ultraportable laptops replace them.
Expect a raft of such devices to appear by the end of the year for under £200 from various manufacturers.
However, the launch of the iPad in 2010 stunted the netbook market which has been in free fall ever seen. According to the latest research, tens of millions of tablets are going to be sold in the latter half of 2012 with an increasing number being hybrid devices with an additional keyboard docking station.