Happy Friday! This week's topic is all about Netbooks versus notebooks. A common question people have when they are shopping for a lightweight, portable computer is which one is right for me? The easiest way to determine that is to ask yourself how you will be using the computer? Will it be used for lightweight tasks such as surfing the Internet, checking e-mails, streaming videos and music, and applications like word processing? Or will you use it for heavier tasks that deal with large spreadsheets and photo and video editing, or graphics-intensive games?
There are also hardware factors to consider like battery life, CPU speeds, built-in DVD/CD-ROM, storage capacity, memory limitation, and even screen and keyboard size. A simple way to put the Netbook and notebook comparison into perspective by computing ability is by physical size comparison. While not always the case, usually the more compact or lighter a computer is, the more you are giving up computing performance and abilities. And larger computers usually can take on more powerful and complex tasks. So if you're someone who needs help deciding if a Netbook or notebook is right for you, answer some of the simple questions above and then go through all the helpful member advice. Our members have done a great job explaining the differences between the two; I'm confident you'll make the best decision for you!
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I like the portability of Netbooks, but is it for me?
Netbooks, I need advice. I've been looking at these and
trying them out at stores. These are so portable and one can
have a "combined" e-reader, gaming station, Internet access,
and video/music player, all on the go. But the 1GB of RAM and
160 to 250 GB hard drive memory makes these computers so
slow. Do you think it is better to get a Netbook at the
current price, or get a very small notebook/larger netbook
(11-12" screen) with 2 GB RAM and pay a little more, or wait
and see if this media improves and gets faster and cheaper? I
like this better than a cell phone because of the screen
size. But I hate the slowness. Do you think the price will go
down? Advice, opinions, any input please...I'm dying to get
a Netbook, yet I hesitate. Thanks.
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What are your tech predictions for 2011? Since we are rapidly approaching the New Year, I thought it would be fun to give the technical help and how-to a break and throw out a question about tech predictions for 2011. Do you think 2011 will be the year for tablets since so many companies are following suit after the Apple iPad release? Or how about 3D TVs: will the technology eventually become an integral part of all TVs or will it simply fade away? Will streaming video devices kill the DVD market? What about cell phones: will they all eventually be replaced by smartphones? Will the Google Android platform overtake the Apple iPhone OS? Will e-book readers eventually evolve to become tablet devices? These are some thoughts I had, but I'd like to know what you think? If you have a tech gadget prediction for the New Year or have any opinions on the questions I wrote above, I'd love to hear them. Let's discuss it together and have some fun! Thanks in advance.
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