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Buying a Netbook Computer. Phil Goff, Branch 116 November 19, 2009. What is a NetBook?. Netbooks (v. Laptops or Notebooks) have a screen size of 12” or less. The most common size for a Netbook is a 10” screen.

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Buying a netbook computer

Buying a Netbook Computer

Phil Goff, Branch 116

November 19, 2009

What is a netbook
What is a NetBook?

  • Netbooks (v. Laptops or Notebooks) have a screen size of 12” or less.

  • The most common size for a Netbook is a 10” screen.

  • Netbooks are fully functional computers and can be purchased with cell phone technology or Wifi. (Cell phone technology requires a contract.)

Why so popular
Why So Popular?

  • Netbooks are cheaper than laptops (average price is $300-$400)

  • They are ultraportable and can be used almost everywhere

  • They have a battery life of ~6 hours.

  • They are perfect for the most common usages, email, internet surfing, word processing, etc.

Basic features
Basic Features

  • Netbooks have a fully functional Operating System, i.e. XP, Windows 7, etc.

  • They have several USB ports, VGA for graphics and Audio.

  • They have a built in webcam and microphone.

  • Some have solid state drives, but most have a conventional 160 GB drive.

What are they missing
What Are They Missing?

  • They do not have a CD/DVD reader/writer. You will probably want to buy an external one.

  • They come with 1GB or 2GB Ram. They may be upgradeable to 4GB.

  • Most use the Intel Atom processor N270 or N280. It runs at 1.66GHz and is very low energy usage. None have a fast processor.

Basic netbook computer
Basic NetBook Computer

$291 w/free shipping at

High end netbook
High End NetBook

$409 w/free shipping at

Closing comments
Closing Comments

  • NetBooks are meant for portability. If you don’t take it outside the house, you’ll probably prefer a Laptop.

  • All major manufactures make NetBooks – Dell, HP, Gateway, etc.

  • They are the hottest thing going right now. Look at Fry’s.

  • They make a great Christmas present.