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MSI U180 Netbook: Available from £134

Check out the MSI U180 Netbook if you want to buy a ready-to-go, off the shelf laptop. Ideal for a child, it costs a mere £134 (including 130 Nectar points) and comes with some rather interesting features at this price point.

It runs Windows 7 Starter, is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom N2600 processor clocked at 1.6GHz. This is a more powerful model than the previous generation and should be more than adequate for light tasks.

It runs on 1GB DDR3 RAM, has a 320GB hard drive, a 10.1in 1,024 x 600 pixel display powered by an Intel GMA 3600 graphics (with up to 256MB of memory), a webcam, a SD card reader, HDMI, two USB ports and an Ethernet port.

Argos says that this laptop has a battery life of up to four hours, is a rather shocking 21mm thick (that’s thicker than some Ultrabooks) but weighs a mere 1.1Kg. Note that this netbook is refurbished but still comes with a one year warranty.

Netbooks are on the way out as the market is split between hybrids and tablets on one side and Ultrabooks and other slim-and-light devices on the other.

It is likely that ARM-based, Android-powered laptops replace these Intel-based, Windows-powered models one day.

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