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Netbooks: Cheap, Small and Portable Computers:

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008


As the years have gone on, it has been exciting to see electronic devices get smaller and cheaper.  Also, the price of computers has gone down while their capacity and speed has gone up. 

Laptops have traditionally been much more expensive than larger desktops, and that gap appears to be narrowing.  An extreme example I am excited about is the new line of “Netbooks” – small, cheap, and technologically lean mini-laptops.  

Currently, the cheapest of these (the Asus EEE) is sold for around $299, which is much cheaper than laptops or desktops.  So, what’s the catch?  With very little storage space, a keyboard made for tiny hands, and no CD drive, these Netbooks are generally thought of as a person’s second computer. 


The cheapest Netbooks rely on open-source technology, such as Linux (instead of Windows), Google Docs (instead of Word) and Firefox (instead of Internet Explorer).  Luckily, these computers come with multiple USB ports in case you want to add a mouse or some extra storage. 

My assessment?  Try it before you buy it, and look at multiple brands and different sizes.  Make sure you are comfortable with the small keyboard.  Many users complain about the small space bar, backspace, and right shift keys.

For more info on Netbooks, check out this article, here.

For YouTube videos comparing these Netbooks, click here.

- Toby

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