I am in the market for a new laptop/netbook. My current Gateway is more than three years old. It works okay, but it is too big, too heavy, and it is slowly falling apart.

I hope to replace it in the next month, but need some help selecting what my next laptop/netbook should be. I have got it narrowed down to five (though I’m open to additional suggestions).

I plan for it to be my primary computer. I work almost exclusively through online applications, so I do not need to run too many complicated programs. I want to be able to work remotely and will eventually want to add a broadband wireless card. Here is specifically what I am looking at. Please let me know in the comments which of these you would choose and why, or what you would choose instead and why.

I am struck by how incredibly similar these five computers are.  If someone can point me to something that meets my specs and is different than these five, I would be interested.

My laptop/netbook requirements:

  • Weight: Prefer that it be under 3 pounds. My current laptop is over 7 pounds and is unbearable to take anywhere.
  • Screen: Want at least a 10″ screen.
  • Processor: My three-year-old laptop is 1.7 GHz, so something in that range would be nice.
  • Memory: My Gateway has 1 GB RAM, which works fine for my current needs.
  • Hard Drive: Current HD is 75 GB, and I am not using it all, so that range is fine. I would prefer a SSD, rather than a HDD, for less heat and more durability.
  • OS: Prefer Windows XP, though I am open to a Mac (and Sam thinks I should hold out for Windows 7 out later this year).
  • Price: Has to be under $1,000. I would really prefer if it was under $500.
  • Additional: Bluetooth, WiFi, and a webcam.

samsung nc10 netbook

1. Samsung NC10

Weight: 2.8 lbs.
Screen: 10.2″
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 160 GB HDD
OS: Windows XP Home
Price: $426
Additional: Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g Wifi, 1.3 Mega Pixel webcam

asus eee pc 1000he netbook

2. ASUS Eee 1000HE

Weight: 3.2 lbs.
Screen: 10″
Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 160 GB HDD
OS: Windows XP Home
Price: $389
Additional: Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g  n Wifi, 1.3 Mega Pixel webcam

hp mini note 2140 netbook

3. HP MiniNote 2140

Weight: 5.15 lbs.
Screen: 10.1″
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 160 GB HDD
OS: Windows XP Home
Price: $464
Additional: Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g Wifi, 1.3 Mega Pixel webcam

lenovo ideapad s10 netbook

4. Lenovo Ideapad S10

Weight: 2.4 lbs.
Screen: 10.2″
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 160 GB HDD
OS: Windows XP Home
Price: $350
Additional: Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g Wifi, 1.3 Mega Pixel webcam

msi wind u100 netbook

5. MSI Wind U100-432US

Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Screen: 10″
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 160 GB HDD
OS: Windows XP Home
Price: $380
Additional: Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g Wifi, 1.3 Mega Pixel webcam