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Notebook Vs Netbook

Updated on May 26, 2010

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Choosing Between Netbooks and Notebooks

First came Laptops, large and heavy. After that the notebooks came. These were smaller and more portable, thith slightly less functionality. Nowadays the buzzword is Netbook. Netbooks are generally small, light, fast, and cheap.

Nowadays however, the distinction between the three is becoming more and more indistinct. Most people will call laptops notebooks without even noticing it, even major corporations are trying to sell laptops at a higher price by classing them as notebooks.

Netbooks are suffering the same fate, initially they cost less than $200, had a low spec, and could only really be used for word processing and internet usage. Recently however companies have started releasing high spec Netbooks. HP have released the HP Mini 311, they have classed this as a netbook, but in reality it is a small notebook.

Choosing between the two can be a difficult choice. You have to balance the power of a notebook with a netbooks portability and price.

Netbooks, like notebooks, often require a notebook cooler to prevent damage from overheating.

Notebook Pro's and Con's

Notebooks are the most commonly used portable computer, for their compromise on power and portability.

Notebooks have a decent speed, able to run basic games and complete any office task.  Notebooare often slightly more expensive than laptops, and slightly more unreliable, since they often try to fit the same components in to a much smaller space.

This often causes issues, however they can be negated with a Laptop Cooler.

Notebooks are perfect for those who need a computer capable of doing a large number of tasks on the move. They are not particularly cumbersome, but can be a bit much for those who travel a lot!

Netbook Pro's and Con's

Netbooks have a much lower specification, while this may affect a lot of users, it's low cost and high portability make it perfect for those who use their computers for little more than the internet, email and word processing on the move.

While more resent netbooks have incorporated the new NVidia Ion graphical processor, allowing high quality graphics in a small space, there are still major limits caused by overheating, space, and weight.

Netbooks have gained huge popularity because of their low value, and their handyness.  Many netbooks contain webcams nowadays, giving video chat from any location in the worlds.

While Netbooks generally have pretty low specifications, they do excel in what they are best at.  A netbook may not have much memory, but they do come with top notch connectivity hardware.  This enables you to connect to the internet, wherever you are in the world!

So which should I choose?

The decision on whether to buy a Notebook or Netbook is more often than not a personal choice. If you need presentations, high graphics rendering, games or even media, then a notebook will probably be best for you.

If you do a fair amount of travelling, just need something for internet, communication, or wordprocessing, a netbook may be a more viable, cheaper, and effective solution. 


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    • Les Trois Chenes profile image

      Les Trois Chenes 

      8 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Many thanks for this clear and concise explanation. I now know that what I need is called a Notebook and that I might also have to fork out for a cooler. All I have to do now is find out what it is in French and can I take it onto a Ryanair plane.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      No Problem!

    • BeatsMe profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for classifying 'em.


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