Notebooks and Netbooks
Since Google has recently announced about their upcoming Chrome operating system targeted exclusively at netbooks, everyone seems to be talking about netbooks which gained popularity owing to their probability and low cost compared to traditional notebooks. Yet, netbooks and notebooks have differences even though they look similar. One must be familiar with those five main differences before making next laptop purchase.
1. Size: Size is the primary difference between netbooks and notebooks. Netbooks are generally 12 inches or smaller compared to notebooks that are typically much larger.
Advantageously, netbooks are handy to a great deal. They’re lighter to carry around with one hand, and easier to pack away, that’s harder to cope with a conventional notebook.
Contrarily, keyboards of netbooks are often smaller than the notebooks. Users, particularly with larger hands, get hardly habituated to the smaller keys. They have smaller screens, making reading more problematic, peculiarly for people enduring sight problems. Virtually netbooks also lack hard drive hindering play back of CDs or DVDs.
2. Power: Netbooks are underpowered compared to full featured notebooks making netbooks less than ideal for image editing or latest 3D games, and even simple tasks may seem slower on a netbook.
Netbooks, chiefly designed for net surfing, are more than capable of running a web browser and less processor intensive tasks as word processing or presentations, but performs poorly compared to notebooks on more complicated tasks.
3. Storage Capacity: Many netbooks use solid state drives, which are ultra energy efficient and resistant to impact, but have less capacity than regular hard drives. Many netbooks have less disk space than the typical iPod making them less than ideal.
Few netbooks use actual hard drives of 160GB capacity, which is less than modern notebooks yet much better than a solid state drive, but they are also a lot slower than solid state drives. A separate external hard drive will be needed for storage needs.
4. Price: Netbooks stand out in price ranging from less than $600 US dollars to just as low as $300. Yet again, the potentialities of netbooks are fairly specified compared to more full featured notebooks.
5. Operating System: Virtually computer users are familiar with Microsoft’s Windows OS or Apple’s Mac OS. Many netbooks, however, use Linux that keeps the cost of netbooks down but can be confusing to those who might be un familiar with that operating system.
Before making netbook purchase, make sure what operating system is installed on the computer. If it is Linux, it may take a while to work out how the operating system functions. There are also netbooks that come installed with the more familiar Windows, but in higher cost.
Conclusion: Ultra-portable, ultra-affordable netbook might be the right computer to surf the web and to check e-mail with. To do more than that, more fully featured notebook can be the choice to go with.
Take into account that the differences delineated above are slowly disappearing, as computer technology continues to progress. Ultimately, purchase of ultra-small and cheap laptops will be easier without being forced to sacrifice on power or performance. In the interim, though, there are still some major difference between netbooks and notebooks that must be kept in mind whilst deciding on which computer to purchase.