R 20,000 to R 30,000

At this price range, you get smaller screen sizes and AMD pro­ces­sors. Some man­u­fac­tur­ers also load the ma­chines with Linux in­stead of Win­dows. Some of these can be clas­si­fied as net­books as they don’t have op­ti­cal drives.

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1 HP DM1-4003AU Price: R 25,131

The HP DM1 is a de­vice meant for the Gen­er­a­tion Y crowd and has been priced in such a way that even students can af­ford it. To achieve a lower price point, HP has used the cheaper AMD APU Dual Core pro­ces­sor. Plus ots has a smaller 11.6-inch screen which along with the 1.6 kg weight makes it makes it ideal for young­sters. Then there is Beats Au­dio to add to the en­ter­tain­ment quo­tient of the de­vice. But its pe­tite size means there is no DVD drive.

Specs: Win­dows 7 Home Ba­sic; 11.6inch (1366 x 768) HD LED Brightview dis­play; APU Dual Core E-450 (1.65 GHz); 2 GB DDR3; 320 GB HDD; AMD Radeon HD 6320 graph­ics; 3 USB; 1.6 kg.

2 SONY VAIO E SE­RIES SVE11115ENW Price: R 27,990

An­other AMD de­vice, this one too fea­tures an 11.6-inch screen and Win­dows. Be­ing a Vaio this is a stylish de­vice and by no means an un­der per­former. The xLOUD au­dio with Clear Phase should have a lot of young buy­ers in­ter­ested.

Specs: Win­dows 7 Home Ba­sic 64 bit; 11.6 wide (1366x768) TFT colour dis­play; AMD E21800 Ac­cel­er­ated Pro­ces­sor (1.7GHz); 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM; 320 GB; AMD Radeon HD 7340 graph­ics; USB 2.0 X2; USB 3.0 x 1; 1.5 kg.

IF THE FUNDS AT YOUR DIS­POSAL ARE UN­DER R 30,000, IT IS BET­TER TO BUY A NET­BOOK. THAT WAY YOU WILL GET GOOD FEA­TURES THOUGH WITH A SMALLER SCREEN SIZE.

3 ACER AS­PIRE ONE 725 Price: R 20,444

The As­pire One has al­ways been one of the pop­u­lar net­book brands, though the net­book it­self is los­ing pop­u­lar­ity. This 11.6-inch de­vice gives the best value for money among net­books.

Specs: Win­dows 7; 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Acer CineCrys­tal LEDback­lit TFT LCD; AMD C-Se­ries pro­ces­sor C-60 (1 GHz); 2 GB DDR3 RAM; 320 GB HDD; ATI Radeon HD 6290 graph­ics; 3 x USB ports.

4 TOSHIBA SATEL­LITE C850 - P5010 Price: R 23,000

The C850’s cheaper price has a lot to do with the older In­tel Pen­tium Dual Core pro­ces­sor on which it runs. How­ever, this 15.6-inch de­vice of­fers func­tion­al­ity with stylish de­sign for those who can­not af­ford to spend more. You will, how­ever, have to pay ex­tra for the OS or get Linux. A Mi­crosoft Win­dows 7 Home Ba­sic will cost you R 5,777 more.

Specs: No OS; 15.6 inch (1366 x 768) high-def­i­ni­tion clear su­perview LED back­lit dis­play; Pen­tium Dual Core (2nd Gen­er­a­tion B950 2.1GHz); 2 GB DDR3; 320 GB HDD; In­tel HD graph­ics; DVD RW Su­perMulti Drive with Dual Layer Sup­port; 1 x USB 3.0; 2 x USB 2.0, 2.3 kg.

5 ACER AS­PIRE E1-571 Price: R 29,868

This large screen op­tion comes with a Linux OS, but com­pen­sates with the lat­est In­tel 3rd Gen pro­ces­sor and 500 GB stor­age.

Specs: Linux; 15.6-inch HD-LED back­lit TFT LCD; In­tel Core i3-3110M; 4 GB DDR3 RAM; 500 GB HDD; In­tel HD graph­ics; DVD writer; USB x 3.

6 GATE­WAY NE-56R Price: R 28,581

An­other stylish look­ing Linux de­vice, but with 2nd Gen In­tel core pro­ces­sor and 15.6-inch screen.

Specs: Linux; 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Gate­way Ul­tra­bright LED-back­lit TFT LCD; In­tel Corei3 2370; 2 GB DDR3; 320 GB HDD; In­tel HD graph­ics 3000; DVD RW, Multi-card reader.

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