So What's A Netbook?
a netbook? It's essentially a super small laptop.
there are some pretty small laptops out there now that you might think
of as netbooks, but they're not. So what differentiates a
small laptop over a net-book? Well, typically they don't
the same feature set. In other words, they are lower end.
They won't have the latest processors, the most RAM, the
hard drive, or even a CD-ROM or DVD drive built in at all.
won't have the state of the art graphics card, fingerprint recognition
for security, or other such features that are considered higher end or
So, really, netbooks can
be described as
super small laptops, with basic, lower end features and components.
You might be asking yourself : "So what?
Do I really
need the state of the art microprocessor? Do I care about the
graphics card when I don't even play games?" The answers to
questions really depend on what you plan on using such a device for.
Let's consider the following:
How much processing power
people really need?
used to be the case that you'd be nuts to go out and buy last year's
computer, because compared to the newer processors, last year's model
was slow and cumbersome, and before too long won't even be
the latest software and applications. This, however, is
longer the case. These days you'll even see new full size
computers that have processors that you have in your three year old
computer. Even the expensive MacBook Air has a processor that
typically has two-year old specifications! The fact is that
computing power has accelerated
beyond the average person's needs. Its said that the
technological curve results in a doubling of processing power every 18
months. But here we are, still surfing the same old websites,
using Microsoft Word to write documents, and Excel to
Don't get me wrong, the
Internet is full of
rich media like YouTube, and tons of content on Facebook. And
more and more people are using Skype
as an inexpensive (often free!)
means of communicating with people across the
globe. But the
reality is that these applications don't require the latest and
greatest computer technology to work perfectly well. The
and experience of Internet applications has more to do with your
Internet connection speed than the hardware itself. Sure, if
you've got a super old computer with limited processing power, and a
small amount of memory (i.e. RAM), you're going to get pretty
frustrated fairly quickly. But anything that's relatively new
will serve you just fine! In fact, many argue that since the
introduction of dual core processors, there's been very little benefit
to the average consumer with increased processing speeds.
It's about cost versus
in the past when a new, faster processor was introduced to the market,
the older one would quickly become obsolete. If you look
now, though, you'll find brand new computers with processors that you
had in your computer a number of years ago. The difference
notice, however, is that it's now the fraction of the price when you
I see netbooks as
really having evolved from the
availability of older, yet perfectly good computer processing power and
equipment/components. Take an older chip, last year's
hard drive size, 1GB of RAM (which is now considered very low), and
sell a super
computer! Make that computer really small and super portable,
you've got yourself a netbook. Well, almost...see the next