What is a Netbook?
A netbook is a portable computer designed to be light, compact, and inexpensive. Generally, they have a footprint smaller than a standard piece of paper – 8 1/2 by 11 inches – and only weigh 2 to 3 pounds. Being a half to a third of the weight of a traditional notebook, they easily are meant to travel with a student, from back-pack to crowded lecture desk, to the library. Student Netbooks will soon be seen on campuses everywhere.
What really seperates netbooks from slim notebooks, such as the MacBook Air, is that their smaller size comes at a price discount rather than a price premium. Netbooks are typically between $300 – $500.
The reason Nebooks cost less is they do not nearly have the processing power of notebooks. Netbooks are designed for surfing the web, taking notes, and communications (e-mail, IM, voice, and video). Notebooks are designed as a desktop replacement. They are swiss army knives and can do everything: all that a Netbook can do plus content creation (video editing) and gaming. A netbook is more of a portable satellite computer to a notebook or desktop.
Why Netbooks for Students?
Netbooks are the ideal portable computing solution for students. They easily fit in a back-pack, work for note taking, and allow for keeping up with assignments and classmates – via Blackboard, Facebook, e-mail, or Skype. And, not to mention they fit the tight budget for students.
With the advent of keeping content “in the cloud” in terms of web e-mail, Google Docs and Notebook, and Evernote, students can be at any PC or mobile phone and their important information can be accessed anywhere, anyhow. With ubiquitous Internet access via Wi-Fi (b/g support is a standard netbook feature), netbooks can be a worthwhile option for anyone that doesn’t need the capabilities or bulk of a regular notebook, but wish to be connected while in class, at the library, or the coffee shop.