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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 MacBook Air 11-inch is a wonderful commuter laptop, and it should be on your short list if you're constantly on the move.

Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02), on the other hand, delivers a stunning, lightweight convertible design, excellent performance, and impressive battery life for under $300.

the Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch is ideal for any grade-school classroom or for use as an affordable, everyday laptop.

The new MacBook is brilliant.

If your business is seeking a well-made and cost-effective laptop to take into hazardous environments or dirty job sites, the Getac V110 is a winning option with a full feature set.