Why get a netbook?

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

5 thoughts on “Why get a netbook?

  1. I would agree with most of that except the hard drive space. I would go with the ssd as they have no moving parts it uses less power and can survive knocks. The storage size is not an issue as a netbook is designed for computing on the go, and also staying connected. so having an SD card or USB drive and online storage will cancel out the small size of a drive.

  2. I cannot disagree with the stability of SSD but for people who have little investment and won’t have another desktop to use or extra money to buy external storages, HDDs are still practical. So long as one doesn’t mishandle the netbook or laptop like swinging it carelessly while it’s still active then it should last long.

  3. I’ve gotten lots of curious eyes at school since I started my Asus Eee 1005HA. A lot of people ask me about it and I always have the answers because I took a month to research netbooks. I mention the battery life which I usually get about 8 hours with full brightness, playing videos or music, and have multiple programs running simultaneously. The 1005HA has the option to change the power settings straight from the taskbar as well. The netbook is light and sturdy, and it the screen looks great.
    The only thing I could think of that I would change it the monitor being glossy. Being outdoors or in bright classrooms doesn’t really seem to look good as it should, but other than that I love my Asus 1005HA. My girlfriend now wants one and two students at school asked me for the model number.

  4. The Eee PC 1005HA-V offers great user comfort and convenience with its 92% scaled keyboard,
    multi-touch touchpad and instant key (for quick access to touchpad-lock). The 10.1-inch LED-backlit
    display and sleek chassis will allow you to work or travel in absolute comfort for hours on end.
    The generous 160GB hard disk drive storage will enable you to easily store and access your important data..
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