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Buying a Laptop - Netbooks

The hottest trend in computing hardware is the netbook - mini laptops that are light to carry and light on the wallet. Some models start at just $200! Most of the big manufacturers are getting into this market fast. Rumor has it there will even be a mini Apple soon.

Recently, Lenovo and Asus have both come out with tablet/netbook hybrids. Combining the lightness and portability of a netbook with the capabilities of a tablet, tablet-netbook hybrids are less expensive than their bigger siblings. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t starts at $550 and their U1 (to be released Summer 2010) with a detachable screen is rumored to be offered at $999. The Asus EeePC T91  is also $550.


Most of the same questions you'd ask yourself about buying a laptop are relevant for netbooks as well, with a few twists.

  • Hard drive space can be reduced - so make sure you check the specs and can live with using jump drives and online back-up options if you decide to go ultra-stripped down.

  • Many don't have DVD drives, so you won't be able to load software or watch media content through disks.

  • Smaller is not always better - if you have large hands or have trouble operating in small spaces, an 8" keyboard might be problematic.

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