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Why You Should Buy a Mini Notebook Computer

Updated on April 28, 2012

The Convenience of Mini Notebook Computers

Computer laptops can be loaded with so many things: larger memory space, faster processors, better sound components, a larger screen and more pixels. Why buy a small loptop computer where a lot of these things are minimized? For most people, a mini laptop computer aka mini notebook computer aka netbook is a cheap laptop that can't do much of anything. But don't think of a mini notebook computer as a regular computer, think of it as a tool to help you do your work. And that is what it's purpose is about, to help you work.

The Advantages

The biggest advantage to carrying a mini notebook computer is its light weight. When you're lugging around a laptop, you're talking about carrying approximately 15 pounds of weight in addition to all the other things you are carrying around to be productive. After awhile, you're going to be tired and you wonder why you're feeling like such a bag lady. A mini laptop computer weighs, at the most, three pounds. It was such a difference to my shoulder that initially, I kept checking to see if my mini notebook computer was in my bag. I maintained my energy as the day went by, and I felt taller.

You can see the difference in size between the small Acer Aspire 1 and regular laptop Toshiba Satellite / CC BY 2.0
You can see the difference in size between the small Acer Aspire 1 and regular laptop Toshiba Satellite / CC BY 2.0
I love my netbook and sleeve!   Photo courtesy of Flickr. / CC BY-SA 2.0
I love my netbook and sleeve! Photo courtesy of Flickr. / CC BY-SA 2.0

A mini laptop computer also doesn't require a lot of space on your work surface. It's smallness is an advantage if you work on the go. Now this advantage also comes with a disadvantage, you have to get used to the smaller screen; the smaller laptops have screen sizes that range from 9-12 inches. For me, it was not a big deal, you can still set your netbook so that you can view your page comfortably, however you need to navigate the screen a lot more often than you do with a larger laptop. This disadvantage was a minor consideration for me given all the mini notebook computer's advantages. You can prop up your mini notebook computer on your lap while you're waiting at the airport for your flight, and you can work comfortably. If your airport conveniently offers you a workspace, the mini notebook computer's small imprint works because there's more room to spread your paperwork. However most airports really offer limited space and the small er computer is ideal in those situations. It's the same when it comes to coffee shops and diners, you can do your work while enjoying a cup of coffee and a snack at those little tables they have. The mini notebook computer is a perfect size for the airplane tray and its weight won't break it.

This smaller computer, by design, has limited memory storage. You need to bring your own flash drive, memory stick or memory card and upload your work. But this is an advantage when you are a mobile worker. It was a lot easier for me to find the files that I needed because it was stored on a specific memory card instead of having to search my entire drive.

As a mobile worker, I connect to my company's dedicated portal on the Internet in order to work, I didn't need to a lot of the bells and whistles of a laptop. A mini notebook computer offers enough features that it allows me to watch company videos, access the needed data files, and manage my workload. If I needed to save anything, I saved it on my memory card. There was no need to store anything on the netbook. If my netbook gets lost or stolen, there was no private information that was lost that would give me or my company a heart attack. You have no idea the peace of mind that brings me.

I count myself lucky that I am able to work on the go with the mini notebook computer. Its portability combined with the easy accessibility to the Internet allows me to do almost everything on the go, that's really why you should buy it. You don't buy this small laptop to play games or to watch movies or to enjoy music videos, it doesn't have the required features to be able to do those things to your full enjoyment. You buy the netbook so you can surf the Internet, access your email, read the newspapers, check the weather, manage correspondence and reports, all the thing you can do on the go to make you productive instead of having wait until you get to the office to finish your work.

If you buy a mini notebook computer, consider the size of the keyboard and whether it's big enough for your hands. It's a good idea to shop at a computer store and try for yourself which keyboard is right for you. You also want to consider the battery life. I was fine with the two-hour battery life that comes standard with my Dell Inspiron Mini 10. There are options for longer battery life, and of course, this would add to the cost. You can also look for a mini notebook computer that has faster processors or offers more data storage. The manufacturers are projecting that they will offer additional options such as a TV tuner, GPS and others, but don't buy a mini notebook computer because of the options, buy what works for you with the features that are currently available.

Overall, the mini notebook computer is not supposed to replace or even be like a regular computer; what it does is allow you to get your work done and enjoy your life instead of being tied to your desk and that's really why you should buy a netbook.


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    • Flightkeeper profile image

      Flightkeeper 7 years ago from The East Coast

      Glad I was able to help Shawn. Thank for visiting.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Great hub. I've been looking at getting one these for a while now. This was very helpful.

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Hi Harry, definitely a netbook is not for projects where you need to do difficult tasks over a long-term period. Netbooks are for short and easy tasks and when you are on the go.

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      harryinc 8 years ago from India

      I have a Sony Vaio netbook but I hardly use it. Typing or doing other memory consuming tasks are difficult on netbooks.

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Thanks askjanbrass, my netbook has been helpful for me.

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      askjanbrass 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I like how you explore the advantages of mini-notebooks while referencing some of the initial disadvantages (such as getting used to the screen size). Mini-notebooks can be very advantageous because of their size, and especially useful for individuals who do a lot of business travel.

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      @rharper: I have a Dell, and that's because I like their servicing dept. The Acer models are very popular and you get a lot of features for the buck. A lot of people also like Asus for that reason.

      @MTDreamer: Most of the netbooks have 160GB hard drive, so you can save stuff, it's just that you might need to use the flash drive so that you can move your project to your regular computer if you need to work more comfortably for long periods of time.

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      M. T. Dremer 8 years ago from United States

      I've thought about getting one of these tiny notebooks because they're cheaper and easier to carry around. I purchased a laptop in the past, but it was anything but portable. I don't need it for anything but writing and general web surfing. Your article helped point out things I didn't know; like needing external storage devices and the size of the keyboard, that I can now take into account. Thanks!

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      Robert 8 years ago from West Texas

      Interesting hub... is there a brand you like? I've been seeing advertising for Fujitsu and Lenovo.

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Hi ateenyi, I agree, I don't see the small size as a detriment and they offer so much for that kind of portability.

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      ateenyi 8 years ago from Chicago

      Good Hub!!!!!

      After the introduction of mini notebook computers it became remarkably comfortable for the consumer. The various attractive feature they posses are longer battery life, that up to 7.5 hours. They offer integrated TV tuner or Bluetooth connectivity. Customer often compare them with computer laptop and used to say that computer laptops can be loaded with larger memory space, faster processor, better sound component, a larger screen and more pixels. If we study the contrast between the two then we come to know that mini notebook computer fetches more points, from the user-friendly point of view. Thanks a lot for sharing so precious information.

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Hi Bible, the small screen does take some getting used to. But I see the netbook as appropriate being used for short-term uses while the regular laptop is your main computer.

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      Bibleseo 8 years ago

      Apart from weight advantage, I always have trouble with the small screen size. But then, I have never really owned a mini laptop. May be I will try and see how it goes. Off course, the price tag definitely is an advantage.

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Hi fitman and pinkhawk, thanks for visiting.

      Hi pretty! Yes we are cute!

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      QT hehe, like us, LOL< Thanks flight, Maita

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      pinkhawk 8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      ...wohhh! convincing, thank you for the idea! :)

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      fitman 8 years ago from Ankara,Turkey


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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Hi lovelypaper, my little laptop is a great fit for me. Thanks for coming by.

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      Renee S 8 years ago from Virginia

      I've been thinking about getting one of these. Thanks for the info.