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If you’re in the market for a netbook, it’s a good time to pay close attention to Intel’s new N450 processor — and some remarkable deals on the mini-notebooks based on the chip. New technologies may cause many more people to take netbooks seriously.

If you’re in the market for a netbook, it’s a good time to pay close attention to Intel’s new N450 processor — and some remarkable deals on the mini-notebooks based on the chip. In conjunction with better keyboards, displays and other features, new technologies may cause many more people to take netbooks seriously.

The Atom N450 chip is one of several new offerings from Intel based on a 45nm manufacturing process, with better performance than previous Atom processors and lower power consumption, translating into better battery life. In PCMag.com tests, the N450 handled  multimedia better than previous Atom chips, partly due to a new graphics core, and ran more quietly.

Quite a lot of the new netbooks based on the N450 will start shipping in early January just before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. As Electronista notes, MSI has already released details on its new netbooks (shown above), as has Asus.

What really caught my eye, though, are the new Dell Mini 10 netbooks (at left) based on the N450. I’ve used a number of netbooks, and the Mini 10 is one of the best models around. Its keyboard is just shy of full-sized, and the new Mini 10’s display is capable of 1,366-by-768 resolution. You can get a Mini 10 running Windows 7, with a DTV tuner, for $399, or buy one for $299 with Ubuntu Linux.

Those are among the best deals on netbooks you’ll find in the next few weeks. You’ll have to wait until Jan. 4 for the Mini 10 and other N450-equipped systems to go on sale, though.

Images courtesy of MSI and Dell.

  1. @Sebastian,

    The real question is whether or not the Win 7 version if full of bloat, or just the software that practical for mobile broadband computing?

    Many bloggers keep writing that smartbooks will need to “find” a market if they don’t feature Windows, yet everyone knows cloud based computing is emerging as a clear market opportunity. Hence bloated netbooks have limited value and are in essence, ceding the cloud opportunity to smartbooks.

    My $.02.

    Best.

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  2. @Curtis–interesting thoughts. Smartbooks are pretty young. I’m waiting to see how they fare. I do agree that netbooks run the risk of being bloated with their limited hardware resources, though.

    Sebastian

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  3. Well.. I’m excited about the prospect of having Windows 7 running smoothly with the more powerful processor on a netbook. I would’ve purchased a netbook already but have been suspect of their computing power. If anyone has experience running Windows 7 on a netbook I’d love to here how that’s working.

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  4. Well.. I’m excited about the prospect of having Windows 7 running smoothly with the more powerful processor on a netbook. I would’ve purchased a netbook already but have been suspect of their computing power. If anyone has experience running Windows 7 on a netbook I’d love to here how that’s working. yes

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  5. WIndows 7 ultimate runs smoothly on my 901 with 2gb RAM. I’ve disabled transpanency effects

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  6. [...] processors, longer battery life and always-on connectivity, I agree with ABI that ARM will blow Intel’s Atom based gadgets out of the water. : ABI Research, ARM, ARMH, INTC, Intel, Via Technologies 0 0 0 [...]

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