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Netbooks are best suited for Web surfing, documentation and basic multimedia functions, and the best netbooks are designed to be easily portable as well as economical.

Netbooks generally come with screen sizes between 9 and 12 inches and are typically less than 3 lb in weight, integrated with small keyboards. They also have much lower power consumption and benefit travellers with their long battery life of 8 hour or higher together with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth amenities.

In terms of efficiency, netbooks do not have performance levels to match laptops or even ultraportable laptops, typically running on single core processors like Intel Atom or Via. However it is necessary that you have at least 2 GB RAM and 120 GB HDD storage capacity for even the basic applications to run freely.

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2015 is the ReviewGist pick for the best netbook for 2016. It is a highly recommended buy as per the ReviewGist score of 94%.The Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2015 not only has excellent reviews but being one of the recent models in the market will come with top end specifications. It has excellent ratings from over 5 review sources with an average rating of 4.0 stars. Top review sources include PCMag.com(4.0 stars), T3.com(4.0 stars), LaptopMag.com(4.0 stars) and PCAdvisor.co.uk(4.0 stars).

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Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch (2015)
Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)
Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
Apple MacBook 12-inch (2015)
Getac V110
Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch (2015)
Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)
Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
Apple MacBook 12-inch (2015)
Getac V110
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Jul 2015
Jul 2015
Mar 2015
Jul 2015
Display Size
11.6 in.
10.1 in.
11.6 in.
12.0 in.
11.6 in.
Display
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
10.1 inches, Widescreen, 1280 x 800
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
12 inches, Widescreen, 2304 x 1440
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
Hard Drive
128 GB, HDD
16 GB, SSD
16 GB, SSD
256 GB, SSD
128 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
4 GB
4 GB, 4 GB
4 GB
8 GB
8 GB
Operating System
Mac OS X Yosemite
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Mac OS X
Microsoft Windows 8
Processor
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
1.8 GHz, Rockchip RK3288-C
2.16 GHz, Intel Celeron N2840
1.1 GHz, Intel Core M-5Y31
2.2 GHz, Intel Core i5-5200U
Laptop Type
Ultraportable, HDD
General Purpose, Value, Widescreen
Value
General Purpose, Ultraportable, Business, Ultrabook
Tablet, Business, SSD

  • The latest MacBook Air 11-inch is Apple's smallest and least expensive laptop, with good performance and more than 11 hours of battery power.


  • While the screen could be sharper, the updated 11-inch MacBook Air is a very light ultraportable that offers great performance and battery life for the price.


  • Available at the same price as last year, the new 11-inch MacBook Air has the same super-fast storage as before, and around 10 percent increase in processor performance. Gaming performance was always borderline, and now we find it no better and even fractionally slower. But overall battery runtime increased by almost a third in our tests, a very useful upgrade on the already very decent 10 hour-plus battery life of the previous generation.


  • The Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02) blends the best elements from other designs into a single Chrome-based laptop with a slick, convertible form factor, fast performance, all-day battery life, and an affordable price.


  • The $249 Asus Chromebook Flip offers a flexible design, a vibrant touch screen and long battery life, making it a very good laptop-tablet combo.


  • The Chromebook Flip is notable for being one of the lightest Chrome OS laptops on the market. Its versatile and convertible design, solid build quality and affordable price also help set it apart from the pack. The smaller-than-average keyboard will be a turnoff for some, but ultimately, the positives outweigh the negatives.


  • The Dell Chromebook 11 is an affordable 11-inch Chrome OS laptop that offers excellent battery life, good overall performance, and a durable construction.


  • The Dell Chromebook 11 with Core i3 processor delivers speedy performance and lasts all day on a charge.


  • The Dell Chromebook 11 Touch is more rugged and less expensive than before, but it sacrifices some performance that made the old Dell Chromebook 11 great.


  • The 12-inch Apple MacBook is the thinnest, lightest Mac laptop yet, combining the power of OS X with extreme portability and more than 14 hours of battery life.


  • The new MacBook is a fantastically light and compact laptop that delivers a rich display, long battery life and surprisingly strong ergonomics, but it needs more ports.


  • The new MacBook is a brilliant laptop provided you can live with the compromises. It’s definitely a sign of things to come.


  • The Getac V110 is a well-made ruggedized laptop with a lightweight design, best-in-class durability, and strong performance in testing. Bonus: It's also more affordable than the competition.


  • The fully rugged Getac V110 convertible can take a beating and delivers a powerful Core i5 punch in a portable design.