The list author says: "So, I wanted one of these new laptops that are smaller than 12", generally considered a "mini PC." Many of these laptops have Atom processors and solid-state hard drives. You can go tiny or almost normal laptop-sized, and spend anywhere from $225 to $3,500.
Since these aren't the most popular, sometimes it's hard to find the options! So I scoured discussion forums, Wikipedia, Amazon, cNet, Google, you name it, to compile this list of mini PCs for you to compare side by side.
They're listed in order from smallest to largest.
Not pictured (because they're not on Amazon)-check out the manufacturer's websites or Google: Vulcan Flipstart 1.0 (5.6", $1,999) Intel Classmate (7", $225) Fujitsu P1620 (8.9" tablet, $1,649)"
"Another truly MINI PC, at 5.6" this one also has tablet PC functionality, which can be a way around the sometimes awkward input issues with UMPCs. But the weak 800MHz processor just doesn't stand up to Vista (why Vista? Seriously!), which comes preinstalled. For the price, you're probably better elsewhere unless you're in love with the tablet PC option."
"Sylvania offers two sizes of mini PC - this 7" GNET 13001, and the 8.9" GNET 28005. In my opinion, unless you really can't stand the extra two inches of screen real estate, the $100 difference in price is really worth it. This one also got a rather dismal review on cnet."
"This is Samsung's latest UMPC. It's 7" and sports an awkward input where half the keys are on each side of the screen (it doesn't open up like a traditional laptop). Buy something else and get all the punch for half the price."
"If you want everything plus a bag o' chips, go for the Acer. 160GB hard drive, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM...all for $400. It even comes in a variety of colors. What more could a girl ask for?
This one comes with Windows XP Home, but Acer also offers one that runs Linux."
"Not yet widely available, the Sylvania G Meso is slightly larger than the Sylvania G at 8.9", but it packs a lot more inside, like an Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and a respectable 80GB hard drive. It's also available in a choice of 4 colors - yellow, pink, black and white. These laptops all run Ubuntu, which is a popular distribution of Linux."
"They haven't got the new TZ series on Amazon, so check sony.com for specs on those. I used one for a couple of months at work and fell IN LOVE. The screen is bright and crisp, the keyboard's easy to type on, and the TZ offers a 320GB hard drive PLUS an 8GB SSD. It also offers integrated WWAN. But the highest-end model goes for $3,500 (they start at about $1,500), so be prepared to shell out."