Latest or Best Netbook Brands in the PC Market
This hub contains valuable information in buying the latest and best netbooks brand in the market.
The most successful laptop category, netbooks comes in a variety of versions. Affordable, portable, scaled-down and perfect for basic computing tasks. An ideal gifts especially for Christmas, Netbooks comes in very attractive colors and forms, that are groomed to invade electronic stores to meet the high demand. The first company that paved the way for netbook to flourish, the Psion launched and took the name netbook in mid 1990's which is portable notebook that is loaded with an address book. AsusTek Computers comes up with a vastly improved nebook in the late 2007, as they released a seven-inch Eee PC that runs on Linux. Very light at less than one kilo, it has keyboard which is only 85% the size of the normal keyboard. Not to be outdone Everex launched its own version with the Cloudbook. Other top names in PC making joined the bandwagon as they made their own version of netbook. Better late than never Sony presented its Vaio W and joined the fierce competition among netbook manufacturers.
The Eee PC
Vaio W from Sony
If you are keen on buying a netbook, here are things you need to consider to buy the netbook that may suit both your need and taste:
Screen Size - Netbook's screen size comes in display sizes from 7" to 11.6". Resolutions of a typical netbook is from 1024x600 to 1280X768. The favorite screen size is the ones with 10.1"/10" display with a resolution of 1024x600, less than this resolution is not a pleasure for viewing.
Outdoor Usage - If you love outdoors choose netbook that has a bright matte screen or a very bright glossy version. Matte screen has an edge over its counterpart the glossy ones, for it will not easily get dirty with grease or fingerprints.
Processor - The commonly employed processor in a notebook is the Intel Atom N270. This processor has a blazing clock speed of 1.6 GHz, a FSB of 533 MHz and will perform well in the internet. N280 is a good option for added speed in computing.
netbook with Z520 and Z530 CPUs have lesser clock speed compared with the N-series Atom types. Atom utilizes lesser power, a factor that can lengthen battery life of a netbook. Via C7-M and Via Nano are also available in netbook processors.
Hard Drive - All netbooks and laptops uses Solid State Drive (SSD) or standard rotational hard drives as storage. SSD are faster but can be more expensive, as a result most are available with a 160 GB HDD. Netbooks like Asus Seashell can provide another online 10 GB storage, aside from its 160 GB storage for free.
Operating System (OS) - Netbooks comes with Windows XP or Linux (when price is being considered, bear in mind that Linux OS is free). Most netbooks doesn't prefer Vista. With the release of superb Windows 7 just recently expect some netbooks to be bundled with it. Windows XP is still the most common in netbook's OS, Windows 7 can be a great option but expect the retail price to increase.
Keyboard - Remember that the size of the keyboard increases in proportion with the size of the netbook, and it is pain in the neck if the netbook's keyboard will come with the size 90% of a full size keyboard.
Connectivity - WiFi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.0, with multiple parts for different connectivity are common in netbook. Systems like High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) output, can be tapped for connectivity to a monitor TV in your XBox or even to a 3G or UMTS arc. Extra features always comes at a price.
Weight - Portability is one of the essence of having a netbook. Any netbook more than 1.8 to 2 kg. is inconvenient. Acceptable 10" netbook weights should be in between 1 to 1.3 kg.
Battery Life - The battery life can dictate the mobility of the system. Netbooks comes with a 3-cell. 6-cell or 9-cell battery. The 6-cell is the most desirable and this can provide you six to seven hours of computing even in your office.
Price - Price of netbooks ranges from a measly $200 to $700 which is a sure treat to rich kids. If you are not very meticulous about what netbook you are going to purchase, the ones with price tags that ranges from $300 to $400 are okay and could give you a decent system to work with.
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