Mini PCs - Compare All Options!

A Listmania! list by E. Sedmak (New York, NY)
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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)"
Sony VAIO VGN-UX490N/C 4.5-Inch Portable Computer (Intel Core 2 Solo U2200 Processor, 1GB RAM, 48 GB Flash Drive, Vista Business)
1.  Sony VAIO VGN-UX490N/C 4.5-Inch Portable Computer (Intel Core 2 Solo U2200 Processor, 1GB RAM, 48 GB Flash Drive, Vista Business) by Sony
The list author says:
  "Want to REALLY go mini?  Have a lot of money to spend?  Look no further than the VAIO UX490.  At only 4.5", it feels like using a PDA, but it has full computing capabilities.  And it looks cool."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

02 UMPC C7M/1.5 1GB 60GB SPRT WXPTAB
2.  02 UMPC C7M/1.5 1GB 60GB SPRT WXPTAB by OQO
The list author says:
  "A 5" tablet that offers decent specs (including built-in WLAN capabilities), but you're going to pay for it."
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1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Fujitsu LifeBook U810 Mini-Laptop
3.  Fujitsu LifeBook U810 Mini-Laptop by Fujitsu
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $340.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Sylvania GNET13001 7" Netbook PC (1.2 GHz Via C7-M Processor, 1 GB RAM, 30 GB Hard Drive, gOS Escape Pod 2.9M OS) Black
4.  Sylvania GNET13001 7" Netbook PC (1.2 GHz Via C7-M Processor, 1 GB RAM, 30 GB Hard Drive, gOS Escape Pod 2.9M OS) Black by Sylvania
The list author says:
  "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."
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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

HTC Shift X9500 UMPC - 800MHz 1GB 40GB 7" LCD QuadBand GSM 3G UMTS/HSDPA EDGE Bluetooth Camera WiFi Windows Vista Business Keyboard
5.  HTC Shift X9500 UMPC - 800MHz 1GB 40GB 7" LCD QuadBand GSM 3G UMTS/HSDPA EDGE Bluetooth Camera WiFi Windows Vista Business Keyboard 
The list author says:
  "A 7" display and OK (but not great) specs make this overpriced for what you get."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
Q1 Ultra Premium Ultra Mobile PC
6.  Q1 Ultra Premium Ultra Mobile PC by Samsung
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Acer Aspire One AOA150-1447 8.9-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery) Sapphire Blue
7.  Acer Aspire One AOA150-1447 8.9-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery) Sapphire Blue by Acer
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $150.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (739 customer reviews)

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HP 2133-KR922UT 8.9-Inch Netbook - 3 Cell Battery
8.  HP 2133-KR922UT 8.9-Inch Netbook - 3 Cell Battery by HP
The list author says:
  "Another one that runs Linux or XP (that's right folks, mini PCs are one way to escape the hell of pre-installed Vista!).  Check out Dell's website for all the available memory and processor options."
Out of stock
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

Sylvania GNET28001SN Meso 8.9" Netbook PC (1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Ubuntu OS) White
9.  Sylvania GNET28001SN Meso 8.9" Netbook PC (1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Ubuntu OS) White by Sylvania
The list author says:
  "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."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

ASUS Eee PC 1000 10-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB Solid State Drive, 20 GB Eee Storage, Linux, 6 Cell Battery) Fine Ebony
10.  ASUS Eee PC 1000 10-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB Solid State Drive, 20 GB Eee Storage, Linux, 6 Cell Battery) Fine Ebony by Asus
The list author says:
  "There's an even larger hard drive available - 80GB.  And, I hear rumors that a 120GB model is in the works.

Asus also has a 8.9" version with a maximum of 12GB of storage.

The Eee PC 1000 runs Linux as its operating system, instead of Windows, which I for one feel is a big plus.  It's open source, tends to be fairly stable, and has a very short learning curve."
Used & New from: $75.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Sony VAIO VGN-TXN15P/B 11.1-inch Laptop (Intel Core Solo Processor U1400, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD+R Dbl Layer Drive)
11.  Sony VAIO VGN-TXN15P/B 11.1-inch Laptop (Intel Core Solo Processor U1400, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD+R Dbl Layer Drive) by Sony
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $500.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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