Lately we’ve noticed a growing popularity of netbooks – we’re seeing them used more and more as people are simply tired of lugging around 5 – 10lbs of metal just to get online, type some messages, show some video or edit a PowerPoint presentation. More and more professionals are simply throwing their keys, phones and netbooks into a bag and going to their day’s appointments.
Can a netbook replace your old laptop? That depends. If you don’t need a lot of software or heavy duty computing power, a netbook can be a cost-effective alternative for web browsing, checking email, instant messaging, making VoIP calls, and streaming video. While some people happily get by just using their smart phones for all these things, sometimes you really want a full sized keyboard (like those of us who still hate thumb typing) or a bigger screen to show someone else a presentation or demo.
Dell and HP both make netbooks, and Acer continues to introduce new inexpensive versions as well. For example, Acer’s new Aspire One AOD150, starting at $350, comes with a 10.1 inch screen and has a built in web cam and microphone. It weighs under three pounds and promises up to six hours of computing time on one battery charge.
Laura Leites, Assistant Editor, Smallbiztechnology.com
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