What Are Netbooks?

By: Dusty Arlia
Published on September 12, 2011
Last Updated on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 11:51 PM
Total Updates: 4

Netbook computers are smaller versions of notebook computers. They sacrifice some of the computer's processing power and hard drive size, but in return they get a smaller more portable device. You will notice a couple other differences in your shopping experience. For example, you will not be able to find a full-sized number keypad on netbooks.

Don't mistake laptops, also called notebooks, for netbooks. They might not look that different, but don't be mistaken, there is a huge difference.

Netbook computers will not perform as good as a full-sized laptop. If you're doing a lot of processor intensive work, then you should probably go with the full sized laptop. Here is a list of things that you should upgrade to a full-sized laptop:

  • If you’re constantly running numerous programs at the same time
  • If you’re a gamer
  • If you are doing image or video editing
  • Running queries on large databases
  • If you’re running other processor intensive programs

So for your final considerations, with netbooks being as small as they are, what you sacrifice in keyboard and screen size you make up in portability. It's up to you as the customer to decide if these are sacrifices you are willing to make for the name of portability. When making your decision, think of how you will carry around your computer and then decide if a regular laptop will be too big for you.