When a smartphone is too small and a laptop is too much, your new BFF could be the netbook. When you go shopping online or in your favorite retail store this Black Friday, check out the netbooks. A netbook keeps you mobile. Typing up documents is easier on a netbook than even the most user-friendly smartphone, and they weigh a lot less. Use these shopping tips and details about the best Black Friday 2010 deals to pick yours this holiday season
How to Choose a Netbook
If the laptop met a netbook he might call it the “mini me.” The netbook is like a laptop but smaller and with fewer bells and whistles. Consider these features when purchasing.
2. Size of LCD screen
3. Bundles – consider a bundle which could be a good buy on Black Friday.
4. Compare keyboard sizes and layouts in person, when possible to see if it’s comfortable for you.
5. Battery size – you’ll pay more for a bigger one, but it’s worth it.
6. Hard drive size
Laptop vs. Netbook
If you already have a laptop, or only need a device for emailing, writing documents or surfing the Internet go ahead and enjoy your netbook. Otherwise, consider a laptop.
Small Screen – If you don’t mind a small screen of 8.9-inches to 10-inches, a netbook is a good choice.
Gaming – best done on a desktop or gaming laptop
Video Editing – editing video or music, or any other creative venture, consider a laptop or desktop. A netbook won’t have memory to do the job.
If you use your computer for email, browsing, social networking and messaging, consider a Netbook. Even if you are into productivity once in a while, you can use a free account at Google or Zoho to store documents, spreadsheets and much more.
Top 2010 Black Friday Deals on Netbooks and Netbook Bundles
Acer 10.1″ Netbook w/Intel Atom Processor- $179.99 at Radio Shack
Acer 10.1″ Netbook Bundle (USB Flash Drive and a carrying case) – $248 at Walmart $248.00
Acer Aspire 10.1 Netbook w/1GB RAM – $179.99,160GB Hard Drive, Windows XP at Target
Asus 10.1″ Netbook Windows XP 160GB HD – $269.99 at Toys R Us
Compaq 10.1″ Netbook w/Intel Atom Processor – $149.99, 1GB RAM, 160GB HD ($199 for the 250GB HD) , Windows 7 Starter, available at BestBuy
Dell Mini Netbook w/ 1GB, 160GB, Windows 7 – $179.99, at AAFES
7″ Netbook for $89.99 at Kmart on Thanksgiving
7″ Netbook with Wi-Fi and 3 USB Ports – $79.99 at Toys R Us
HP 10.1″ LED Netbook w/Intel Atom Processor – $228, 1GB Memory and 250GB Hard Drive at Sam’s Club
Sylvania 7″ Netbook Computer w/WiFi at CVS
Toshiba Mini 10.1″ Netbook w/Intel Atom N455 – $284.99, 160GB HD, Win 7 Starter at Sears