Mini-Notebook Typing Madness: We Have a Winner!

All week long, the light sound of clicking has emanated from the Mini-Dome–the battle ground for LAPTOP Magazine’s Mini-Notebook Type Off. Our typing gladiators have faced missed keys, cramped hands and punctuation frustration as they furiously typed Hamlet’s soliloquy on three mini-keyboards. Avram “The ESC Artist” Piltch, Emily “Key Crusher” Kizer, Jeffrey “Hands of Steel” Wilson and TJ “Furious Fingers” Fink took on the ASUS Eee PC, the HP 2133 Mini-Note and the CTL 2Go PC to determine which keyboard is the best for typing. 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. Our traditional touch typists, ESC Artist and Key Crusher, found the extra real estate on the Mini-Note to be vital to their success. Even though none of our contestants could find the apostrophe on the 2Go PC without an extensive search, the average scores for the 2Go PC and the Eee PC were surprisingly close. The Eee PC had an average word per minute score of 44.75, while the 2Go PC slid in just below it with 44.25. Check out the tears, the laughter and the triumphant Mini-Note below. [flq:ed7e25e718a14fed921e0e5ce8bf781e] All Rounds of the Mini-Notebook Type-Off:

  1. Eee PC
  2. The HP Mini-Note
  3. The 2Go PC
  4. The Final Results
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options