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Netbooks, the future of computing

Updated on May 22, 2013

So, what exactly is a netbook?

Remember when computers were called mainframes and were the size of small warehouses? OK you're too young, but trust me, they used to be so big it would take you 5 minutes to jog round them. Then along came the silicon chip and hey presto! computers shrank overnight, became called PC's and you could comfortably fit them into your office or bedroom. But they were still bulky, and had three separate parts, the monitor, the keyboard and the processing unit.

Fast forward a few years and along came laptops, everything combined into one unit, and small enough to fit on, well, your lap. Progress, progress, and now the next stage has been reached - netbooks. A netbook is basically a shrunk laptop - a fully functional working computer that you can fit inside a handbag. But surely they're expensive? Oh no. no. no. NO. THEY'RE FAR CHEAPER THAN LAPTOPS.

Why are they so cheap?

To achieve their small size, low weight and low price, netbooks offer fewer features. So there is less processing power, less memory, and reduced ability to run resource-intensive systems. BUT most of don't need multi gigabytes of processing power and memory. The vast majority of us use only a small fraction of the ability and functions of our laptops and PC's - so why pay for for this phenomenal power?

Why not get a computer with just enough fuctions and power for us to access our Email, store photos, write letters, surf the net, without all the fancy trimmings. Enter the netbook!

Analysts predict 2009 will prove to be the year when netbooks take off as a mainstream product - if they're cheap enough - and some of them are going to be very cheap - then, they predict, the public will flock to them in droves.

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(2.0 GHz Intel Dual-Core T3200 Processor, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, 8 Cell Battery, Vista Premium)Pink

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(Mobile Internet Experience Software)

ASUS Eee PC 900HA 8.9-Inch Netbook

(1.6 GHz Intel ATOM N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, XP Home) Black

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(1.2 GHz Via C7-M Processor, 1 GB RAM, 30 GB Hard Drive, gOS Escape Pod 2.9M OS) Black

ASUS 7" Eee 8GB PC Netbook Computer with Windows XP

Galaxy Black

Eeepc 8G Black


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Acer Aspire One 8.9-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel N270 Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Solid State Drive, 3 Cell Battery, Linpus Linux Lite) White

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Acer Aspire One 8.9-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel N270 Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Solid State Drive, 3 Cell Battery, Linpus Linux Lite) White

Acer redefines mobile connectivity with the Aspire one, a netbook packed with fun and powerful computing features in a diminutive 8.9" form factor weighing as little as 2.2 lb. Aimed at business professionals, students and world travelers, it offers a choice of operating systems, wireless connectivity, Internet access, built-in webcam and the storage space needed for digital photos. It's time to simplify your life with the Aspire one.

The integrated webcam at the top of the screen's bezel provides easy access to video chatting.


The 1 GB of installed RAM (512 MB onboard memory and one 512 MB DIMM, 533 MHz) can be easily expanded if required.

DVD/CD Drive

Because of its size, the Aspire One does not come with an integrated optical drive, but optional CD/DVD read/write drives can be connected to the laptop via one of the USB ports, enabling you to create your music mixes, burn movies to DVD, and more.

What's in the Box

This package contains the Acer Aspire One notebook PC, rechargeable 6-cell lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a limited warranty for parts and labor for one year from date of purchase.

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      i am a big fan of Asus Eeepc and Netbooks in general !