Can you explain to me the difference between a netbook and a traditional laptop as far as functionality goes? My impression of netbooks had historically been that they could obviously surf the internet, but beyond that, didn’t have much functionality as far as potential word processing, etc. – but looking at the specs, I was surprised to see how “powerful” they seemed. Would they be able to handle things like the Office Suite, etc.? Any insight you could provide as far as netbook functionality/capabilities as compared to standard laptops would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much,
Confused in Fairview Village
Dear Confused in Fairview Village,
This is a great question! Netbooks have always been intended as a portable option for personal and business (not just surfing the internet!) use. While their specs have increased over the last few years (like all electronics do), they were never supposed to replace laptops.
Word processing and other office software aren’t heavy duty applications so they should have no problem running on netbooks. The differences arise when you try to run multiple applications or more memory sucking software such as Adobe Photoshop or video games. Netbooks are geared more towards communication based software to keep the user in contact whether they’re headed somewhere on vacation or for a business meeting.
Price is kept budget friendly by using lower end processors but memory and hard drives are decent in newer models. Netbooks are a cheap, lightweight solution for professionals as well as a fantastic starter computer for smaller children or a travel companion for the world adventurer. They’re definitely worth the price.