Face-off: Four ION netbooks do battle

December 25, 2009 at 12:10 am

Four ION netbooks do battleLaptop Mag has pitted the four current ION netbooks on the market against each other. This includes the dual-core Asus Eee PC 1201N, HP Mini 311, Lenovo S12 ION and Samsung N510. They compared each of the four across a number of categories including battery life, value for money, design as well as video and gaming performance.

It’s probably not surprising to hear that the Asus Eee PC 1201N won most of the performance tests, whilst the HP Mini 311 won best design and value for money. The Samsung N510 came out on top in terms of battery life. Choosing a winner seems a bit subjective as people will value different features more strongly than others. Click through to find out who the overall winner was.

Update: Engadget also has a good write-up of the above four ION netbooks head-to-head.


6,285 Responses to “Face-off: Four ION netbooks do battle”

  1. Bob said:
    December 25th, 2009 12:43 PM

    But battery life has to be key for any w/o compromising excellent performance. I, however, don’t see a very big upgrade as far as technology goes vide ION over older Atom chips. Disappointed with Samsung though.

    Besides third party hardware may be more effective price-wise also in order to enhance HD/graphic experience like the new ones from Broadcom.

  2. bobmac said:
    December 27th, 2009 6:53 AM

    Wanted the Asus 1201N but couldn’t wait. P/U’d the mini 311 at Costco and am very happy with price $450 Cdn with Win 7 Home premium, 2 GB ram and 250 HD + 90 day return policy and extra year warranty. My concern with Asus would be an even shorter battery life. 60 days to go so unless Costco sells the1201N and price is close, I think the 311 will stay.