Netbooks are better than laptops because at 8″-10″ screens users get the best mobility. And by using Atom processors users get cooler laptops with longer battery time due to more efficient use of power. Okay it doesn’t have CD/DVD drives but honestly how many times do you use it now with external storage devices getting cheaper each day? If you want to watch a movie best to use the TV instead. But if you really want those CD/DVD drives there are external drives available.
If I were to buy a netbook now these would be the specs I’ll be looking at
1 ) Processor – Atom 1.6ghz
An Intel Core 2 Duo in incomparable to an Atom processor. They are kinda like apples and oranges. When you eat each you expect a totally different taste and experience.
2 ) Hard drive – 160Gb
There are those with SSD hard drives like in the initial Asus EEE series. SSD means solid state drive and offers faster processing and less prone to mechanical failure but currently have low capacities (4gb -32gb). I say go for more capacity , because you really won’t feel nor enjoy the speed when your regularly bothered with deleting data.
3 ) Memory/RAM – 2gb
RAM means random access memory. Most netbooks have 1gb ram in them but with around Php1000 ($20.83) you can add another 1gb ram in it.
4) Keyboard – at least 90% of standard
This is mostly just for the benefit of people who have done a fair amount of typing on a standard qwerty keyboards and therefore are quite adept at touch typing already. What would be great however is to find a spill proof keyboard since you most likely will lug around your netbook in cafes or restuarants with wifi.
5 ) Resolution Size: 1024 x 600
I’m not particular with screen size but I do look at the maximum resolution the screen can offer. For netbooks in the 8″-10″ size a 1024 by 600 resolution is fairly good for regular internet browsing and office applications. You can even verify from desktop users in the early 1990’s using 14″ CRT monitors and looking at an 800 x 600 resolution.
6 ) Connections – wifi and bluetooth
7 ) Camera – 1.3 megapixel
8 ) Others – 3 usb ports, 1 vga, SD/MMC card reader, mic and headset ports, good speakers
A lot of companies are offering their own line of netbooks. In the Philippines their prices range from Php18,0000-Php25,000 but in countries like the United States their cheaper by a couple of thousands. If you have relatives there best to ask them to buy for you and just send it through someone who is visiting back home. That way you save some money for other things like added netbook accessories.
Below are choices of netbook models from different companies that can offer international warranty. Click on the link to get more information on price and specifications.
1) MSI Wind U100-432US
2) ASUS Eee PC 1000HE
3) HP Mini 110-1030NR
4) Lenovo IdeaPad S10
5) Acer Aspire One AOD150-1165
6) Dell Inspiron Mini IM10-2865