Welcome to the first Edition of the Top 5 Best Gaming Netbooks. These postings will be updated quarterly to keep up to date and up to pace with the ever evolving Netbook market!
The netbooks are ranked according to their specs and ability to play games. These will strictly be in the netbook category, so you won’t be seeing any Alienware m11x’s in the charts, since they belong in a whole different category.
Spec-wise, we are looking for the latest CPU and video processor technology out because they will yield best netbook gaming results.
Without further adieu, here is 2011′s first quarter Top 5 list: (Click Here to see the list on Amazon)
The EEE PC 1201PN-PU17 is a true beast. It sports a huge 12″ screen, giving you ample space (for a netbook, anyway) for gaming on a netbook. It’s powered by an Intel Atom n450 which runs at 1.66ghz. The true beauty is Nvidia’s ION 2 Graphics Platform. This is a next generation video solution for netbooks and will allow you to run your games smoothly. There is an HDMI output so you can hook this up to your HDTV or monitor, bluetooth, 80211b/g/n wifi, Webcam, 6-cell battery rated for 6+ hours, and lots of other features. It comes in Black, Silver, or Red colors.
Asus Eee PC 1201PN-PU17 Detailed Specs (Click Here for Full Details)
- Intel Atom N450 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 Cache); Nvidia ION 2 graphics platform
- 12-inch WXGA (1366×768) LED screen; 2GB DDR2 RAM, 1xSODIMM Slot, 2GB Max
- 250 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM) + 500 GB Free Web Storage
- Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (32 Bit)
- HDMI and VGA out; Bluetooth; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n; 0.3 MP Webcam
#4: Gateway LT3119u
I’m not gonna lie. This is probably my favorite gaming netbook, looks-wise. Check out the gallery on Amazon and you’ll see what I mean. The little details on this Gateway LT3119u are great to look at. But aesthetics aside, this netbook has some good power behind it. Its powered by AMD’s Dual Core Athlon 64 X2, which hums along at 1.2GHz. The video card is a Radeon x1270, so there is more than enough power to deliver smooth playing games and movies. Actually, this is a considerable amount of power for a netbook. Most netbooks are powered by Intels integrated graphics solutions, which are dinky compared to the ATI/AMD combination.
The 11.6″ Ultrabright LED display will run HD movies beautifully, and it’s just the right size between a 10″ netbook and a 12″ netbook. The features don’t slack on this gaming netbook, it’s got all the bells and whistles and is up to par with the others on this list. 250GB hard drive, 2GB memory, webcam, multi card reader, multi-gesture touchpad, etc.
One final note and I have to touch back on the looks of this laptop is that it’s only about 1″ thin and about 3 pounds. This is both thin AND light. Combined with the AMD cpu and ATI video card, this netbook is a powerhouse for games. The only drawback I see is the battery life is rated 4 hours, but to me the tradeoff is how absolutely good looking and performing this netbook is.
Gateway LT3119u Specifications (Click Here for full details)
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor L310
- ATI Radeon X1270 Graphics, AMD RS690V Chipset
- 11.6-inch HD Widescreen Ultrabright LED-backlit Display
- Built-In .3 MP Webcam, Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, High-Definition Audio Support, 802.11b/g WiFi CERTIFIED, 3 – USB 2.0 Ports
- 2048 MB DDR2 Memory
Both stylish and sleek, this gaming netbook looks AND performs like a champ. It’s got AMD’s Fusion Accelerated Processing Unite (APU), which is pretty much designed for Full HD experience and smooth gaming on your netbook while on the go. The integrated AMD Radeon HD 6250 gives you sharp and smooth video and gaming performance. It supports DirectX 11, 1080p output via its HDMI, and what’s most impressive is its ability to adjust the image in real-time, so your color and contrast will always look good.
Gaming on a netbook has never been easier with Acer Aspire One’s 10.1″ screen, built in Wifi, 250gb hard drive, and 6+ hours battery life. The keyboard is nearly full sized so you won’t feel crammed with your games button bindings and controls. When you’re not playing games, the trackpad features a sweet multi-gesture abilities (think two-finger scrolling like on the macbooks).
Aspire One AO522 Detailed Specifications (Click Here for Full Details)
- Up to 6 hours of battery life with included 6-cell battery (4400 mAh)
- 10.1-inch LED-backlit CrystalBrite screen (1280 x 720 resolution) for native 720p high-definition resolution
- 1.0 GHz AMD C-Series processor C-50 (1 MB L2 cache) is designed to deliver the balanced performance you need to enjoy your favorite applications.
- 250 GB hard drive (5400 RPM)
- 1 GB DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz; 1 GB maximum capacity with Windows 7 Starter)
- ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics
- 1.3-megapixel webcam
- 84-key FineTip keyboard, 93 percent of standard-size with bigger keys for easy typing.
- Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system (Learn more)
- Preloaded with the Microsoft Office Starter 2010 free software
- Weight: 2.87 pounds
- Warranty: One-year parts and labor limited warranty with concurrent International Traveler’s Warranty
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
This is a leap ahead for those of you looking for the latest and most powerful gaming netbook. The Asus 1015PN is now selling like hotcakes on Amazon. It is powered by an Intel Atom Dual Core n550 cpu, as well as Nvidia’s newest ION 2 Graphics processor. Not only does this combination provide smooth game performance, it also allows 1080p HD movie playback.
This netbook packs Nvidia’s Optimus technology, which intelligently switches the graphics card on or off automatically, depending on usage. This helps you save battery power and great performance. This gaming netbook comes packed with a 10.1″ screen, 250GB hard drive, 2GB of memory, bluetooth 3.0, and a webcam. The Eee PC 1050PN-PU17 comes in white, black, blue, or red.
Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU17 Detailed Specs (Click Here for Full Details)
- Intel Atom Dual Core N550
- Nvidia Ion2 Dedicated Graphics; HDMI and VGA Out; 3 USB 2.0 ports
- 1GB DDR3 RAM, 1 SODIMM Slot, 2GB Max; 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) + 500GB Free Web Storage
- 10.1-Inch 1024X600 WSVGA Matte Finish LED Display; 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 3.0; Chiclet Keyboard
- 9.5 Hours of Battery Life; Windows 7 Starter Operating System (32 bit); 0.3MP Webcam
This is it. The top dog. The current best gaming netbook. It rocks Intel’s n550 Atom Dual Core processor. It will handle multi-tasking a lot better than every single core netbook. The graphics capability is spectacular with Nvidia’s ION 2 processor with a whopping 512MB dedicated video memory.
The 12.1″ screen is a beauty. It is a big improvement over the 10″ and smaller netbooks and the resolution is a roomy 1366 =x768. It is LED backlit, so it will save power and give you great color reproduction. This is one of the better netbook screens and will give you more screen real estate, comfortable viewing angles, and the ability to enjoy HD movies (720p).
Battery life is 7+ hours so you don’t have to worry about running out of juice during a steamy deathmatch. This is helped by Nvidia’s intelligent switching technology that turns the ION 2 on and off to save power and balance performance. Also featured are the standard 802.11b/g/n, bluetooth 3.0, 3 usb 2.0 ports, HDMI out, webcam, and a cardreader.
ASUS Eee PC 1215P-MU17 Detailed Specifications (Click Here for full details)
- Intel Dual Core Atom D525 (1.8GHz); Nvidia ION 2 graphics with 512mb dedicated video memory
- 12.1″ WXGA (1366×768) LED screen; 2GB DDR3 RAM (2x1GB), 4GB Max
- 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM); No Optical Drive
- Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (32 Bit)
- HDMI out; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n; 10/100 LAN; 0.3MP Webcam