I’ve been writing about and using Asus Eee PC 1000H for a while now. I think the netbook category can definitely serve the needs of many people looking to buy a regular laptop. So here are a few common questions and answers about netbooks.
Q: Can it replace my laptop or desktop?
A: Well that depends on how you use your computer. Basic functions will no sweat for netbooks. Video editing is not.
Q: How big is the keyboard?
A: The keyboard size varies with different models. The keyboard on the Asus 1000H is 95% of the size of a regular keyboard. I have big hands and it’s easy for me to type.
Q: How big is the screen?
A: It depends on which model you get. My Eee PC 1000H has a 10 inch screen (1024×600).
Q: What’s the maximum amount of memory you can install in a netbook.
A: Most models will only take 2 GB on a single SODIMM memory module. 4 GB is out of the question.
Q: What kind of memory does a netbook use?
A: Most models use a 200 pin SODIMM DDR2 533 MHZ memory module. Check your manual to be sure. My Asus Eee PC 1000H has a 2GB DDR2 667 MHz module. Newegg has many to choose from, but I would purchase Kingston, COrsair, Crucial, or mushkin. Click here to go to Newegg’s netbook memory page.
Q: Can you play games on a netbook?
A: I’m not sure about other models, but my Asus Eee PC 1000H has Diablo 2 and World of Warcraft installed. Gaming experience is decent.
Q: What’s the battery life on a netbook?
A: Most netbook will come with a 3 cell battery, which lasts between 2 – 3 hours depending on use. My Eee PC 1000H has a 6 cell battery, which will last 6 – 7 hours.
Q: What operating system can you use on a netbook?
A: Anything you want. Most have Windows XP or Linux installed. Leo Laporte installed Windows 7 on his MSI Wind. I’ve even seen Mac OSX on a netbook, make sure you read the EULA before doing so.
If you have any more questions, please leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer them.