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Kit of the Year 2009 was the year the netbook really took off, with vendors rushing to release model after model after model, and few of them ending the year with the same selection of machines that they were offering at the start. We looked at dozens of them, all largely matched on performance, but with very different battery lives, prices and builds.

Toshiba NB200-11L

Toshiba NB200
RH Editor's Choice

Toshiba's second attempt at a netbook is a stunning success. The design's superb, the build quality good and the specs are decent too. You get a better-than-average software bundle. But what really does it for us is the class-leading battery life delivered without a huge mass of add-on battery. Only the awful colour schemes applied to the higher-end models let the side down - go for the cheaper, "cosmic black" models, is our advice.

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Asus Eee PC 1000HE

Asus Eee 1000HE
RH Recommended Medal

It's a tad bulky by the standards of the latest netbooks - especially when compared to Asus' own Eee PC 1008HA - but the 1000HE is a very nice mini-laptop. It's eminently capable, with a good keyboard, the fastest Atom CPU, 802.11n Wi-Fi and, crucially for us, an enormous battery life.

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Price £285 Click for the best online price

Samsung NC10

Samsung NC10
RH Recommended Medal

Samsung's first foray into netbooks remains one of its strongest models. OK, it lacks the Nvidia graphics the newer N510 sports, but the NC10 is a solid, well-made machine that continues to impress as the release of new models has pushed it price down. We like its nice, big keyboard, and its long battery life. Others will love it for its non-glossy screen.

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Reg Rating 90%
Price £325 Click for the best online price

Best of the Rest

Samsung N510
Decent HD performance at last

Dell Latitude 2100
Bash Street's favourite netbook

Acer Aspire One D250
A very nice netbook - now with Android

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