While there\u2019s been a lot of chat of late about tablets being the next big thing in the portable, lightweight computer space, right now the average consumer still can\u2019t beat a netbook. Small, capable, easily toted around and in most cases, affordable, the netbook is the democratic PC for every man, women and child. Netbooks are especially suited to students who have little cash and even less room in their bags alongside numerous text books. There sure as heck are a lot of them around though, so we\u2019ve drawn up a list of ten of the best to help you to decide which diminutive device you should go for. Toshiba NB305\nPrice\n\u00a3220 - \u00a3230\nOS\nWindows 7 Starter Edition\nProcessor\n1.66GHz Intel Atom N450\nHard drive\n250GB\nRAM\n1GB\nScreen size\n10.1-inches\nBoasting respectable speeds and a decent LED-backlit screen, the NB305 benefits from a well-designed keyboard and a spacious trackpad, something lesser rivals are often let down by. It really shines when it comes to battery life, managing around 10 hours of moderate usage while nice touches are the Bluetooth connectivity, an HDD Protection system and one of the three USB ports offering Toshiba\u2019s clever Sleep and Charge tech that juices up your gadgets even when the netbook is off.Full Review\u00a0Alienware M11xR2\nPrice\n\u00a3879\nOS\nWindows 7 Home Premium\nProcessor\nIntel Core i5 or i7\nHard drive\n250GB\nRAM\n2GB\nScreen size\n11.6-inches\nThis pricey little number is just what you\u2019d expect from gaming hardware brand Alienware - i.e., specced to the eyeballs - and boasts the most powerful processor and Nvidia graphics combo on a sub 15-incher. Basically if you want to play serious PC games on a portable netbook (although still hefty - it weighs in at over 4 pounds) then this is what you want to be looking at. Aside from the spec list, highlights include a webcam and that must-have feature for PC gamers - LED lighting in the form of an illuminated keyboard.More photosToshiba AC100\nPrice\n\u00a3TBC\nOS\nModified version of Android 2.1\nProcessor\n1GHz Nvidia Tegra 250 Mobile Processor\nHard drive\n8GB Flash storage\nRAM\n512MB\nScreen size\n10.1-inches\nTechnically a 'smartbook' rather than a netbook, this is a lightweight offering both in terms of heaviness (as in, it\u2019s not) and in terms of capabilities - it runs a tweaked version of the Android mobile phone operating system. It\u2019s super-model thin, claims outstanding battery life and will excite anyone who thinks the future of computing does not hark from Richmond or Cupertino. How trying to be productive, or at the very least, connected, on this in the long term works out we\u2019ve yet to see as it\u2019s not yet on shop shelves, but stay tuned for more.Hands on photos of the Toshiba AC100Acer Ferrari One\nPrice\n\u00a3339.95\nOS\nWindows 7 Home Premium\nProcessor\nAMD Athlon 64 X2 L310\nHard drive\n250GB\nRAM\n2GB\nScreen size\n11.6-inches\nFirstly, we\u2019d like to say that owning a Ferrari-branded anything instantly marks you out as clearly not owning a Ferrari motor vehicle. That said, if you 'identify' with the car marque for whatever reason, you could do a lot worse than this netbook. It\u2019s not cheap, but does boast some nice spec including a dual core AMD processor and graphics card, the Home Premium version of Windows 7, an LED-backlit, 1366 x 768 resolution display, a dedicated button to launch the browser and 3G readiness.More photosMSI Wind U160\nPrice\n\u00a3315\nOS\nWindows 7 Starter Edition\nProcessor\n1.66GHz Intel Atom N450\nHard drive\n250GB\nRAM\n1GB\nScreen size\n10.1-inches\nMSI is now such a well established and big name in the netbook industry we\u2019ve finally stopped sniggering at the 'Wind' moniker. The hardware has never been snigger-worthy though and the latest iteration, the U160 continues the trend of capable, portable consumer-based options. Not as cheap as rival products, with this model you\u2019re paying for a good-looking, sleek design and a rather healthy battery life - perhaps not the manufacturer\u2019s 15-hour claim, but the 8-hours working life we found in our review is definitely respectable, thanks to the 6-cell battery, and certainly not the real-life norm in this category of computer.Full ReviewSamsung N210\nPrice\n\u00a3320\nOS\nWindows 7 Starter Edition\nProcessor\n1.66GHz Intel Atom N450\nHard drive\n250GB\nRAM\n1GB\nScreen size\n10.1-inches\nWith the standard spec list ticked, the N210 isn\u2019t going to set the netbook world on fire, but it is a solid consumer offering with decent battery life, sound build quality and crucially for those which prefer it - a matte, rather than the increasingly more popular, glossy screen. The keyboard has been described as slightly cramped and the trackpad \u201ctitchy,\u201d so this maybe more suited to those with smaller hands. The N210\u2019s must mention feature is its HyperSpace Instant-on to take you quickly to a Linux online environment with weather, news and Twitter content for the impatient.Full ReviewAsus Eee PC 1201N Seashell\nPrice\n\u00a3400\nOS\nWindows 7 Home Premium\nProcessor\nIntel Atom N330 + Nvidia ION\nHard drive\n250GB plus 500GB online storage\nRAM\n2GB\nScreen size\n12.1-inches\nAsus kick-started the netbook revolution with its Eee range, and although at times it\u2019s seemed to have lost its way with overly populated and complicated product lines, the Seashell is a quality option. A dual core CPU and NVIDIA ION makes for a great graphics and video experience, the chiclet keyboard always gets good reviews, while a shiny design and a larger-than-average 12-inch glossy high def display will appeal to those who aren't sure about slumming it with a netbook.Sony Vaio X\nPrice\n\u00a3998.98\nOS\nWindows 7 - various options\nProcessor\nUp to 2GHz Intel Atom\nHard drive\nUp to 256 GB SSD\nRAM\n2GB\nScreen size\n11.1-inches\nWe\u2019re not even going to try and make out that the Sony Vaio X, with its cool \u00a31k starting price tag is a sensible. or even viable option, for the majority of students, but what it is is a thing of beauty. A super slimline design yet promise of decent battery life and built-in 3G connectivity help towards its premium status, as does the crazy-chic brushed metal lid and carbon fibre construction. One spec you are paying for is the SSD storage for faster boot times and less battery drain, but there\u2019s no getting away from the fact that this is just an 11-inch netbook, so a reserve of the rich elite in reality.Dell Inspiron Mini 10\nPrice\nFrom \u00a3279\nOS\nWindows 7 Starter Edition\nProcessor\n1.66GHz Intel Atom N450\nHard drive\nFrom 160GB\nRAM\n1GB\nScreen size\n10.1-inches\nDell was a little late to the netbook arena, but has since churned out some good options for anyone on a budget, like the 10-inch Mini 10. Opting for a machine with the basic specs won\u2019t get you a star performer, but it will get you a sub-3lb portable workhorse with a keyboard that\u2019s 92% of full size, so ideal for hard-core typers or those with big hands - and no-one is going to fall out with that price tag.Full ReviewHP Mini 210-1002sa\nPrice\n\u00a3279\nOS\nWindows 7 Starter Edition\nProcessor\n1.66GHz Intel Atom N450\nHard drive\n250GB\nRAM\n1GB\nScreen size\n10.1-inches\nAnother budget offering (especially at its current price, down from the \u00a3329 RRP) this configuration of the HP Mini 210 balances cost and performance well while the option to pick the Sonoma Red HP Imprint Finish will make it stand out from the boring-black netbook crowd. With a 93% of full size keyboard, a 6-cell battery as standard and a why-doesn\u2019t-everyone-do-this touchpad lock option to avoid brushes whilst typing, we can\u2019t imagine many folk suffering buyer\u2019s remorse with this option.