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3 new netbooks show signs of progress but also old and fresh mistakes

Jan 06, 2010, 15:05 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Pegoraro)

"And with the release of Microsoft Corp.'s streamlined Windows 7 a couple of months ago, netbook users can finally run a new version of Windows instead of the aging Windows XP. (Some netbooks ship with the free, open-source Linux operating system, but many users unwisely rule out that option.)

"So has the netbook been perfected yet? Sorry, no. Three new netbooks -- two running Win 7 Starter, the third making use of Win 7's Home Premium edition -- showed signs of progress but also old and new mistakes.

"The cheapest of the bunch, Acer Inc.'s $379.99 Aspire One D250-1584, is the least evolved from the netbook as we've known it. Its keyboard is cramped, but the computer is more than portable enough (2.7 pounds, plus 0.7 pounds for the power brick)"

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