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The Best, the Worst, and the Ugliest: 2008

Jan 07, 2009, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Grevstad)

"Product of the year runners-up: There are many nifty netbook choices around, with more coming soon -- an array of 8.9-, 10-, and 12-inch screens; hard drives and solid-state drives; Linux and Windows; and near-desktop or near-impossible typing experiences, depending on keyboard size. Most radical of all, in 2009, there may even be some that use an AMD or VIA or Freescale instead of Intel's Atom processor.

"Our August writeup wasn't the only rave review of the Acer Aspire One. The colorfully cased 8.9-inch compact made Acer the #1 netbook seller, edging Asus despite the latter's spreading its pioneering Eee brand across a slew of models. And while not a few netbook contenders missed the whole point of being under three pounds and under $500, Acer stayed on track, even slipping a last-minute $300 configuration under Christmas trees."

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