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£150 Asus X101CH Netbook: A decent machine from a dying breed

This is probably one of the last members of the EEE PC family, one which in some way has heralded the era of very cheap portable computing devices.

Meet the Asus X101CH, available for £150 including delivery and 150 Nectar points at Argos via eBay. The device is refurbished and comes with a full 12-month warranty. It weighs a mere 1.02Kg with a 22mm thickness (somehow, I wonder whether Asus deliberately made it that thick).

It runs on an Intel Atom dual core N2600 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, with 1GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, a 10.1in 1,024 x 600 pixels display, two USB ports, an SD card slot, Ethernet and HDMI ports, a webcam, Windows 7 starter and up to four hours battery life.

Netbooks, which are effectively a cheaper version of Ultrabooks, are said to have lost their appeal because of the rise of tablets and another new breed of laptops called Slimbooks, which are the true successor of Netbooks.

Argos also sells another similar netbook, the MSI Wind U180, for £150. It is slightly heavier and comes in purple.

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