Now when the first mass-production Netbook is more than a year old and every producer has at least one series of the mini-laptops, its more adequate than ever to ask yourself – do you really need a netbook/mini-laptop/umpc, or a usual sized notebook will do it for you?
As the name suggests, a Netbook is designed mainly for web-browsing, but given the fact that they rely on a normal operating system (Windows or Linux) it is obvious that most of the everyday type software could be installed on a Netbook. The following table provides a brief description of the features of a Netbook compared to those of a notebook.
What I would suggest is that everyone makes his own decision grounded on their needs and type of work.
|Display||Less than 11”||11” and above|
|Resolution||Most widespread 1024×600, but 800×600 and 1366×768 are also found||Wide range from 1024×768 to 1600×1200||Both display size and resolution make the Netbook not so convenient for longer hours of work, but adorable for everyday travelers|
|Keyboard||From 80% the size of a usual keyboard, most often with the same layout||Normally sized keyboard, some of them including numeric keyboard||Notebook keyboard is much more convenient even than the keyboard of s 10” sized netbook|
|Communication||WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G more often than in notebooks, LAN (not in all cases)||WiFi, Bluetooth, LAN, sometimes 3G,||Same in most cases|
|I/O ports||VGA, 2xUSB, Cardreader||HDMI, S-video out, VGA, 4xUSB, Cardreader||As expected, the Notebook is equipped with more ports|
|Battery life||Usually above 2 hrs||Above 2 hrs|
|Operating System||Windows XP or customized Linux distribution||Windows XP, Vista, DOS||Usually the lower price is achieved by not including the more expensive Windows license.|
|Weight||Up to 1.3 kg||Above 1.3kg|
|Price||~300-500 USD||Starting from 400 USD||Of course there are exceptions – some Sony netbooks are above 1500 USD|