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What was the best value laptop of 2009

2009 was something of a vintage year for laptops, with the ultra portable netbooks really starting to take hold in the market as their specs increased to compete with some of the lower end laptops available. Even today some of the best value laptop of 2009 are great options for anyone looking for either a second machine, or a basic laptop in order to browse the web and keep in touch with friends and family via email or popular social networking sites.

The Asus EEE PC 1000H was one of the stand out hits of 2009, delivering a battery life of around five hours to accompany its 1.2 GHz Intel Atom processor and 160 GB hard drive. It might not have been the fastest machine on the planet, but it is still more than capable of delivering a solid web browsing experience to anyone looking for a budget laptop.

Another popular netbook to get its first release in 2009 was the HP Mini 1000. Available in both 8.9 and 10.2 inch formats, its battery life isn't quite as good as that of the EEE PC 1000H at just three hours, but with a faster processor in the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom, and either 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM as standard, it certainly outperformed the Asus machine in most day to day tasks.

But for us, the best value laptop of 2009 was undoubtedly the Asus N10J-A1. With a 10.2 inch screen and four hour battery life, this unit is far better built than the EEE PC, and offers much more in terms of specs. It's got an excellent GeForce 9300 graphics card under the hood, supplemented by the Intel Atom processor and 160 GB hard drive, while it also features BlueTooth compatibility as standard.

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