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Why You Should Buy a Mini Notebook Computer
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 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.
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.