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Netbooks: My Latest Obsession
So, I've been completely obsessed with netbooks this past couple of months. Not even sure how it all started. To be honest, I think the idea was born through my existance on Hub Pages. I found myself writing or reading (mostly reading) on this site ever since I discovered it.
This all eventually led to me spending more than normal amounts of time on my computer, which is in my room. Again, I can't remember exactly what turned me on to these little netbooks, but once I wrapped my mind around the freedom I could have due to the portabliliy of these tiny machines in regards to writing I soon became obsessed.
It only took me a second after realizing the practicality of a netbook to make up my mind that I it was something I definitely wanted. So the search began. I did some browsing in general and toyed with them at a local store. Which I stongly suggest you do in order to get a feel of typing on one of them. I almost thought that the comfort level of typing on one wouldn't be so great, but surprisingly it worked out fine for me. Not bad at all, in fact I'm writing this hub on my netbook now.
The most important aspect you need to consider before purchasing one of these is to realize exactly what you're intentions are for having one. Netbooks are designed mainly for writing and browsing the internet. So if you're into huge gaming, and storing lots of music, movies, etc. you may end up disappointed.
From my searching of info, I can share with you what you won't get when you pick up one these netbooks. There is no optical drive, so obviously you won't be able to pop in any cd's or dvd's. Storage space is not huge, sound is not of the greatest quality, but it is good enough for what I use it for. You're obviously not going to get any kind of "surround sound" out of a netbook, but it's more than enough to hear over my daughter playing on the computer, the t.v. in the background, and my little one playing and talking. It takes a bit to get started once you turn it on, but once you're online, going through it is just fine for me.
So again, if you are realistic with your expectations and intentions, you will be very happy with your very own netbook. I actually talked myself into looking into more powerful laptops. The idea of having a dvd player, and more storage as well as streaming sites like Hulu with no problem became of interest to me. But then I thought, my main interest at heart was to have the portability of being able to write and browse the internet when I wanted to. Realistically, I didn't see myself using anything more than what a netbook had to offer.
The bottom line with these netbooks is that they are all pretty much the same when comparing their specifications. The majority of the netbooks on the market include Intel Atom processors, all of which may vary a bit in specifics, but if you're using it the way I'm using it, there isn't much difference you'll notice between them. Most also include 1GB of memory, which depending on the brand, you are able to upgrade to 2GB. I honestly don't see the need to upgrade mine, I've been very happy with operating what I need to with 1GB.
All netbooks come equipped with webcams, yet I did notice that the sound may be a factor depending on the brand you choose. One of the main differences to consider in choosing which netbook's for you is battery life. You'll notice the ones in the $299 range include 3 cell batteries as opposed to 6 cell batteries. The netbooks with 3 cell batteries will last anywhere from 3-4 hours and the 6 cell battery netbooks will last about 6-11 hours depending on the brand. You can find a netbook of your choice ranging from $299 to $599. The question is, which one fits you best?
The one I chose and completely recommend is the Samsung N210. It has a 6 cell battery, so I get more than enough battery life than I need throughout the day. I especially felt most comfortable with the keyboard being that it has the raised keys making it easier to the touch. The touchpad area seemed to me to be wider than others, giving me more space to rest my hands on while typing if I wanted to. The touchpad works very nice, it's sensitivity is great. I opted for the all white in color, just seemed a bit more refreshing to look at rather than basic black. The screen is matte unlike most other netbooks which tend to be glossy. I like this because I don't have to worry about any glare or fingerprints being so apparent. I've been able to get onto youtube with picture quality being great as well as view video on other websites I visit. Hulu, is kind of touch and go. I am able to function basic online games if I want to like classic Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Tetris, etc. As I've mentioned earlier, the sound is great too. I find myself turning the volume down even sometimes.
I very much recommend a netbook for anyone who enjoys writing. It also makes a great tool for students. Netbooks are small enought to bring into the classroom for note taking, and can be used for writing assignments as well. I still use my desktop PC, but I find myself enjoying my writing experience with a more refreshing outlook using my netbook. I could be anywhere; sitting in the kitchen with a cup of tea, on the couch with my liitle guy while he watches his show, in the car as I'm sitting waiting for my daughter to get out of school, etc. If you choose to purchase a card with service from a phone carrier, you can enjoy using your netbook with interenet access anywhere you go; the park, camping, while relaxing on the beach, etc. Even if not using the internet in these areas, your netbook allows you to write whatever comes to mind to be saved as a document. So, if you love to write and browse the internet here and there and nothing more serious than that, a netbook is a perfect fit for you!