Netbooks, laptop computers with a fairly simple set of features and a small size, have rapidly gained favor among computer users who don’t need their machines to do a lot more than access the Internet and be fairly portable. Here’s a few reasons why your next computer should be a netbook, rather than a more traditional, high-powered laptop.
1. They’re cheap. The price of netbooks may be the best reason to pick one up–they’re a lot less expensive than high powered laptops, with some models going for as little as $100 and rarely going over $300. Compare that to higher in laptops that regularly cost more than $1000, and the savings are pretty staggering. For that money, you get a fully working computer that can handle most of the basic tasks that computer users need (more on that a bit later on).
2. They’re portable. It goes without saying that all laptops are, by their very definition, portable, but netbooks take it to the next level. You won’t need a separate carrying case for a netbook, as most are small enough to fit neatly into your luggage. The Asus 900 Eee, for example, is about an inch thick, and with a seven inch screen, it’s not going to serve as a great home theater system, but it’s perfectly suited to playing movies on flights and fits neatly in with the rest of your carry on luggage.
3. Netbooks have enough power for most computer users. In fact, if you mainly use your laptop computer for simpler tasks like Internet browsing, email, and word processing, you may think that netbooks are faster than traditional laptops–many use solid state memory, a form of flash memory that allows quick booting, and unless you’ve got dozens of tabs open on your web browser at the same time, you’re probably never going to see the somewhat diminished abilities of the netbook–for simple tasks, they’re a lot better than laptops, and you can use the money you save to buy a nice desktop if you’re into gaming or other high-CPU intensive programs. Because of the flash memory, the battery life on most netbooks exceeds 7 hours.
4. They’re popular. For the trendy folks out there, netbooks are the conversation starter you’ve been waiting for, and they’re available in more colors, operating systems, etc. than many other types of laptops. Apple computers is going to introduce a netbook, soon, and major brands like Samsung have already released dozens of netbooks in their various lines.
Do you own a netbook? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.