What is a Netbook?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A netbook is a small portable laptop computer designed to do light computing a great alternative to notebooks. The name "netbook" is a play on the words "internet" and "notebook". Because its purpose is to mostly provide email and internet access to its users. It is also the perfect tool for cloud computing.

Netbooks come with either Windows XP or Linux operating systems with a low-powered x86-compatible processor. They are the light-weight computing solution usually only weighing less than 3 lbs, with typically a 10 inch screen and small keyboard. Netbooks are also very attractively priced between $50 - $500.

All netbooks support Wi-Fi wireless networking and most are used on mobile telephone networks with data capability. It is necessary to have a data plans alongside with your mobile contract in order for the netbook to run correctly. Some also include ethernet and/or modem ports for broadband or dial-up access.

The Acer Aspire One is the most popular netbook on the market today. It boasts 8+ hour battery life. Netbooks are definitely giving standard notebooks a run for the market share due to their usefulness. In general, look at the netbook as a cross between a smartphone and a laptop. Targeted for people who just would like to keep up with email and happenings on Facebook or MySpace it is useful as a second laptop as well.

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