Netbook or notebook? There are many choices today for the laptop buyer. Before you invest your money in either, you should consider your lifestyle and how you intend to use your computer.
Size and price are the two most basic deciding factors in the netbook/notebook choice. While both are portable, netbooks are smaller and lighter than notebooks. The average netbook is about 10 inches wide (though some are a bit smaller) and range in weight from about 1.5 to 3 pounds. Weight varies depending on what kind of battery you choose for your netbook-longer lasting batteries weigh more than those that are shorter-lived. Full-size notebooks range in size 11 to 13 inches wide, and weigh and average of 5 to 7 pounds. As with netbooks, longer lasting batteries are heavier.
Netbooks are also less expensive than notebooks, although you can occasionally find bargain notebooks on sale for only a bit more money than a higher end netbook. Netbook prices range from the mid-$200 range up to the higher $300’s, while full-size notebooks start in the high $300 range and continue on up, depending on features.
Notebooks usually have more features and more memory than netbooks. Netbooks generally run an abbreviated version of the OS software that is installed on them (Windows, etc.) to conserve memory space. Also, netbooks do not have CD/DVD drives, while most notebooks do. Battery life tends to be better with netbooks, as they are smaller and use less power to operate.
Last but not least, consider the size of your hands. If you have large hands, you will probably not be comfortable using the smaller keyboard on a netbook.
In summary, netbooks are smaller, lighter, and great for doing simple things such as internet browsing and checking email. Notebooks are larger and heavier, but offer more memory and features than a smaller netbook. Consider the options carefully, and you will be able to choose a device that will serve you well.