When buying for a computer that is light and portable, people are always caught in between two choices: laptop or netbook. Both computers are basically made to meet people's desire for convenience and portability. For instance, laptops and netbooks help folks get connected with families and friends anytime, anywhere and do light task as well as enjoy entertainment while traveling or doing some other task like cooking. But just like how technologies should be, both have significant advantages over the other. Knowing their specs differences is definitely very helpful to decide whether to buy netbook or laptop.
Netbook computers are smaller and more portable than laptops computers. Their lightweight design makes them a great choice for traveling and entertainment. However because of their size which range from 7 - 10 inches and smaller processor, they are not intended for mainstream use such as film showing and heavy gaming. In terms of storage memory, netbooks use SSD which is relatively smaller than laptops but can perform faster compared to the latter. Most netbooks also do not have CD -ROM/DVD disc drive but with the fast developing technology, netbooks can now run the latest version of Windows. When compared to laptops, they are more power efficient such that they can play at least four hours without recharging. Because netbooks are smaller, they also have lesser cost than laptops and have the maximum screen resolution at 1024 x 600.
When buying netbooks, it is important to check for expediency. Since they have smaller monitors and keyboard, you may want to try it first before checking out the gadget.
The following table shows the pulse of the public for the top 10 netbook choices for 2011 and 2012.
|Netbook Model||Top||Screen Resolution||Screen Size||Weight||Processor Size/Speed||Storage||Price|
|ASUS Eee||10||1024x600||10. 1 inches||1.27 kg||Nvidia Tegra 2||250 GB||$305.98|
|Acer Aspire One||9||1024 x 768||10.1 inches||1.33 kg||Intel Atom N270 Processor/ 1.6 GHz||250 GB||$465.79|
|Asus Eee PC Lamborghini||8||1366 x 768||12.1 inches||1.5Kg||Dual-core Atom D525 / 1.8-GHz||250 or 320GB||$649.99|
|Samsung N350||7||1024 x 600||10.1 inches||1kg||Intel Atom N455/ 1.66 GHz||250GB||$437. 43|
|Acer Aspire One 522||6||1280x720||10.1 inches||1.18 kg||AMD C-50 /1GHz||320GB||$299.99|
|Toshiba NB500||5||1024 x 600||10.1 inches||1.32 kg||Dual-core Atom N550 1.5GHz||250GB||$245.99|
|Samsung NF110||4||1024 x 600||10.1 inches||1.3kg||Intel ATOM Processor N455/ 1.66GHz||320GB||$ 320.64|
|Samsung NC110-A01 Netbook||3||1024 x 600||10.1 inches||1.18 kg||Intel Atom N455/ 1.66-GHz||320GB||$ 289|
|Toshiba NB520||2||1024 x 600||10.1 inches||1.32 kg||Intel Atom N455||320GB||$245.99|
|Toshiba NB550D||1||1024 x 600||10.1 inches||1.32 kg||Intel Atom N550/ 1GHz||250GB||$245.99|
Laptop computers are basically bigger than netbooks. Laptop is also the right term used to call the portable computers with size 14 inches and above. Compared to netbooks, they have more features and are more expensive. Since they have larger screen size and bigger memory storage, they are best fitting for mainstream use such as movie marathon, power point presentation, and for office use. It also has a more speedy hard drive and processor and good graphics memory. For instance, playing multiple applications may less likely to cause lag to the device. Laptops basically used 5400 RAM for the hard disk and unlike netbooks they have built in CD-ROM/ DVD disc drives which make them function just like your desktop at home. Laptops also have larger keyboards which makes typing more convenient.
The following table shows the pulse of the public for the top 10 laptop choices for 2011 and 2012.
|Laptop Model||Top||Screen Resolution||Screen Size||Weight||Processor Size/Speed||Storage||Price|
|HP Envy 14||10||1366 x 768||14.5 in.||5.69 lbs.||Intel Core i5-2410M/ 2.3GHz||500GB||$399|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X Series||9||1366 x 768||12.5 in.||2.9 lbs.||Intel Core i5-2420M Intel Core/ 2.5GHz||320GB||$399.99|
|Toshiba Portege||8||1366 x 768||13.3 in.||3.2 lbs.||Intel Core i5-2410M Intel Core/ 2.3GHz||640GB||$769.99|
|Macbook Pro||7||1440 x 900||15.4 in.||5.6 lbs.||Intel Core i7/ 2.2GHz||500GB||$1199|
|HP Pavilion Dv7t||6||1600 x 900||17.3 in.||6.72 lbs.||Intel Core i3-310M/ 2.1GHz||500GB||$649.99|
|Sony S Series||5||1600 x 900||13.3 in.||3.8 lbs.||Intel Core i3-2310M 2.1GHz||320GB||$999|
|Acer Aspire||4||1920 x 1080||15.6 in.||7.28 lbs.||Intel Core i7-2630QMv/ 2.0GHz||750GB||$878|
|Apple Macbook Air||3||1440 x 900||13.3 in.||2.9 lbs.||Intel Core i5-2557M 1.8GHz||500 GB||$999.00|
|Dell XPS||2||1366 x 768||15.6 in.||5.54 lbs.||Intel Core i5-2410Mv 2.3GHz||750GB||$799.99|
|HP Pavillion dm4X series||1||1366 x 768||14 in.||4.41 lbs.||Intel Core i5-2410M/ 2.3GHz||640GB||$679.99|
Due to the newly invented devices that have hit the market by storm today such as smartphones and iPhones which function just like computers, the usage on laptop and netbook has also been affected. The following figure shows the percentage of people using laptops and netbooks despite the various other devices.