You have probably seen Acer Netbooks on sale at places such as Wal-Mart. These are cheap Netbooks that will do most basic functions for You. I currently use an Acer Aspire One netbook and haven't had any issues with it for over six months. I took it with me ona holiday this summer and it perfomed very well in Wi-fi locations and the hotels we stayed in. Most netbooks will ship with around 1GB of RAM but you can get some netbooks with more added. If you plan on playing some basic game son your netbook it's a good idea to look for a netbook with 2GBs or RAM. The Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Netbook - Black
One of the best netbook brands to buy if you are on a fixed budget is the brand ASUS. This brand will set you back around $250.00USD for many models such as the ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD-EU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black). Some ASUS models can also be found for just under $200USD which is a nice price for a college student who wants something basic. The ASUS X101-EU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black) features cloud computing and the netbook acts like a large handheld. It features the MeeGo operating system that integrates with Facebook and Twitter on the desktop for easy access. With this computer you can download a wid variety of Apps from the ASUS store to keep yourself connected ands sync files to your smart phone. You get an 8GB drive to storage imporant files. This computer is all about staying connected and is a compact 2lbs to fit into most bags. A great small computer to access the Internet with while on the go while eliminating extras you don't need.
Another manufacturer of netbooks is Samsung. The Samsung NB30-JP02 10.1-Inch Netbook (Texturized Matte Black)
Finding The Best Notebooks to Buy
The best notebooks to buy all depends on what you're looking for. Remember that a notebook can't do the full-features that a laptop or desktop PC can. Notebooks can play older games, they are great for web surfing, and doing basic tasks such as word processing. The best part about notebooks is the portability they give you and the low-cost. Consider buying an external DVD player and an external drive to get the most out of your notebook and you'll probably want to delete most of the software that comes with it and install your own. Have fun with your new notebook, they are great portable tools with a bit more functionality than a smart phone.