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Netbooks, which are small and less powerful than regular laptops, are another splurge gift, lightweight to carry and easy to use in cramped spaces like tray tables. Try a Lenovo S12 (left) for about $435 or the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA for about $350, both available at amazon.com.
"With the proliferation of onboard Wi-Fi, I've thought about a tablet PC or a netbook," said Brett Snyder, who spends a lot of time on airplanes and writes a blog at CrankyFlier.com. "The seat pitch is so awful on some of these airlines that a full laptop is hard to use."
October 14, 2009