December 12, 2009

How to Choose a Netbook Before You Buy

Netbooks are the new class of mobile computers that offer an alternative to laptops. Basically, they are a smaller version of the laptop, both in form factor and computing ability to execute resource intensive computing applications.

They may very well be the next revolution in mobile computing. Computer manufacturers are now offering a scaled down version of the ubiquitous laptop. Is there any local application on your laptop that could utilize the entire computing resources of your laptop? This probably is a rarity for most laptop users.

Most netbooks run windows software. Netbooks are available from most major computer manufacturers most notably from Acer and Asustek. Both Acer and Asustek have a wide product variety and attractive price points, especially suitable for students and business users. Netbooks could serve as the standard computing platform for students in schools, colleges and universities. Sales force personnel who are constantly on the move visiting customers, could use netbooks to connect with back office applications over the web from a customer location.

Here are some factors you need to know when shopping for a netbook:

  1. Will it do the job?
    If you want to do some serious computing, you may need a laptop that’s got more grunt.
  2. Is the keyboard big enough?
    Test the keyboard before buying so you know you’ll be able to type comfortably.
  3. Is the display big enough?
    Check that the laptop you’re considering won’t cause you eyestrain.
  4. Is the track-pad usable?
    Check that the netbook’s trackpad is big enough to be usable and that the buttons are positioned well.
  5. When choosing your netbook, make sure it has all the features you want.
  6. Are you really need it for mobile activities?
  7. Do your research before buying. Check them out at your local computer store and visit online netbook forums.
  8. Compare the affordable prize

For me, this is a recommended features must be include in netbook:

  • Processor: Intel Atom N270
  • RAM 1GB, HDD 160 GB
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3 USB,
  • operating system: Windows XP
  • 6-cell lithium ion battery
  • card reader
  • webcam
  • weight: not more than 1.5kg

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