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DealWatch: Price trends on Netbooks

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Since their introduction, netbooks have been the most highly coveted gadgets in the tech industry. These small, highly portable laptops are designed primarily for Internet use. Thanks to their sub $400 price point, they have single-handedly kept the PC market from tanking.

Although there are various netbook configurations, the most popular netbooks fall into one of three categories: the 9" solid state drive-based (SSD-based) Linux netbook; 9" hard disk drive-based (HDD-based) Windows XP netbook; and 10" hard disk drive-based Windows XP netbook. We examined the past year's worth of deals on these three categories of netbooks to see what trends are emerging.


Overview: 9" SSD-based Linux netbooks hit their lowest point in February. Dell had the most aggressive pricing with its Dell Mini 9. Although they're supposed to be the least expensive type of netbook (since they run Linux and not Windows), we saw better deals on XP-based netbooks of the same size. In addition, we saw no significant savings between the price of a new Linux netbook versus the price of a refurbished Linux netbook. Click here to see the latest deals on 9" SSD Linux netbooks (and all other netbooks).

Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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