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.
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.