June 4, 2012

Four Things You Should Know about Netbooks

With computers getting smaller and smaller, netbooks are the next logical progression after laptops in the world of computer hardware. Netbooks are generally smaller versions of laptops and they are lighter and more portable than most laptop computers. However, with the number of advantages that a netbook offers, there are some things you should know before buying one.

Playing DVDs
Many of the current netbooks on the market do not have optical drives installed in them. This means you won’t be able to play DVDs on them. On the bright side, you can still watch videos online or videos you have stored on your netbook’s hard drive or other external storage device.

Smaller Keyboards
If you will be doing a lot of work on your netbook, you should be sure that you can get accustomed to typing on a smaller keyboard. It may take some time to get used to it if you have larger fingers. Test a netbook’s keyboard out before you purchase it. However, if you are just looking for a netbook to have with you in case you need it, the smaller keyboard may not have a significant impact on your decision.

Do you plan on taking your computer with you wherever you go? If so, a netbook may be ideal for you. They are lighter and smaller so you won’t be straining your back by carrying a netbook around with you. However, if you are just looking for a computer to keep at home, a netbook is probably not the best option for you. Instead, consider a desktop computer and save some money.

Hard Drive Space
Netbooks typically have smaller hard drives than laptops and desktop computers. Therefore, if you want a netbook for storing hundreds of audio files, pictures or other types of data that take up large chunks of your hard drive, you should reconsider. Instead, get a laptop with a sizeable hard drive or get an external hard drive for storing your data and use your netbook for simple tasks like checking your email and browsing the web while you are away from home.

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