LAPTOP Magazine held a small contest last week, where they brought in three of the new “netbook” or sub-notebooks (or mini-notebooks if you prefer), and brought in several people, who then engaged in a typing contest on each, to see which of these devices handled the best when it came to typing a lot of data.
– Asus Eee PC – Intel, 7-inch
– CTL 2Go PC / Intel Classmate 2 – Intel, 8.9-inch
– HP 2133 Mini-Note PC – VIA, 8.9-inch
Not surprisingly, the 8.9-inch HP 2133 Mini-Note handled the best, with it’s near full-sized keyboard:
Based on the average words per minute among our contestants, the HP Mini-Note easily conquered the Eee PC and the 2Go PC. Our typists produced an average of 53.25 wpm on the Mini-Note, despite concerns about its lack of tactile feedback. The 92% full size keyboard certainly provided the advantage over the child-sized keys on the Eee PC and the 2Go PC.
You can read the end results of the competition (as well as check the individual pages) here: