Netbooks for a long time were considered to be the underclass in the portable computing market, but advances in technology has mean that the makers of these lightweight machines have been able to the consumer more choice and better performance, but still offers the compact size of a netbook.
One such example is the LaVie Light BL550 netbook from NEC it is one of the first machines to come with the latest dual core Atom processor installed. It makes a lot of difference to the performance of the netbook as well as to the price of the machine.
These are the impressive specs for the NEC LaVie Light BL550 netbook:
10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel HD display, runs Windows 7 Home Premium, 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core CPU, 2GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive
Priced at around $1010