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Laptops vs. Netbooks: Which is the Best For Your Lifestyle?

Updated on May 22, 2012
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Laptop and Netbook Reviews

Computers are very large part of our lives. In my case, they are vital since I use them to make a living online. Laptops made it much easier for me to be able to take my kids where they needed to go, while completing assignments. It also served as a form of entertainment for my autistic son. My laptop took the place of the portable DVD player I constantly carried. He likes the laptops a lot better because it has a much larger screen and better sound quality. The only problem I had was that it was large and heavy and I always had to keep my eye on it. That meant I had to keep an eye on my autistic son and the heavy laptop.

Soon, I started seeing ads for a much smaller version of a laptop called a netbook. I started wondering if I should bother buying one. Gratefully, my oldest son gave me one as a gift: an HP netbook. I was hooked. This little netbook was a mother's dream! Small enough to fit in my purse and it had everything I needed to get my work completed on time! On Christmas, I received another netbook. This one was a red Acer Aspire One. Love, love love the color! After an accident which I will explain below, I got a Dell netbook as a gift the following Christmas. I gave my daughter the HP when she left for college.

Can't decide which is a better fit for your life: a netbook or a laptop? Continue reading because I am going to share the pros and cons of each.

The Pros and Cons of a Laptop

There are many reasons that laptops are great tools. The pros of a laptop include:

  • their portability
  • their large screens
  • better sound quality
  • more space for software programs

However some of those pros contribute to the cons. For example, they can be cumbersome. Great for movie watching on the go, but a heavy load to carry. If you're going to work, minus the kids it's not a problem. If you are working on the go, while your kids play at the McDonald's playground -it's like lugging a suitcase. If you're vlogging, you also need to carry a flip video, perhaps a mike and extra wires. I did it because I had to. When a better option presented itself, I took it!

On the Amazon links to your right, you will see the two laptops I own. They both need repairs. First, my son tripped on the cord of the Compaq Presario which damaged the charger's connections. Then he dropped the ThinkPad. I'm getting both of them repaired as soon as I can. I know an IT person that does it on the side for a great price. They both are great laptops, which I highly recommend. They need repairs due to unfortunate accidents which happen when you have kids. LOL!

The Pros and Cons of a Netbook

I love my netbooks! The pros of a netbook include:

  • built in video camera
  • quick upload of a camera's memory card
  • compact and light enough to carry in my Coach bag

This is a great tool, especially when you're always on the go. However, it has some limitations. I wouldn't recommend using it for your itunes. I believe it takes up too much memory. You can't upload anything on it by disc. Can't use it to watch DVD's or listen to CDs. Don't use it to play pc games either.

On the Amazon links to your right, you will find the three netbooks I own. I gave my HP to one of my daughters. I am getting the screen replaced on my Red Aspire One because I dropped it one too many times. My Dell is also going to get repaired. My youngest went on a Chinese site and got a virus. I didn't renew the Norton Anti-Virus on time. One of these days, I will learn!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences with various laptops and netbooks. Please, be sure to share this with friends and family by email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or your favorite social media network. Don't forget to leave a comment below. Thanks in advance!

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    • supermom_in_ny profile image

      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @dmcgaw I just got an ipad 2 today. Still getting used to it. At this time, I'm still leaning on the netbook. Will write a review soon..

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      Danielle McGaw 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Great hub. I have a laptop but I often wish that I had a netbook, too. Although I do have a tablet and that is almost as good as a netbook.

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      SKCandles 5 years ago from Canada

      I have a laptop. I have thought about a netbook but I would like the dvd ability.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @jasmith1 That was a very nice gift. I bet they appreciated it! I know what you mean about the speed. You can't download a lot of programs because it slows down the netbook. For this reason, I am considering getting an ipad. Compact and lightweight. The only problem is keeping it away from my youngest son so that it won't get damaged. Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation! ;)

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      We bought a netbook a few years ago but gave it to a family member as we just found the processing speed too slow. I am keen to get a "small" laptop next time to get the best of both worlds!