For those that are considering the 12 inch netbooks, also think about what kind of laptop you can get for the same price. A lot of times, people think that a very low priced laptop means that they are giving up functionality. This is not true. Here’s my pick for the $500 range, the price of the Samsung NC20.
- Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 2.1 GHz
- 3GB DDR2
- 250GB Hard Drive
- Intel GMA 4500MHD
- 15.4 WXGA 1280 x 800
- DVD Burner
- 4 USB Ports
- SD Card Reader
- 6 cell battery, 4.6 hours
- Windows Vista Business downgraded to XP Pro preloaded
You’re getting a much faster processor, up to 4GB of memory, bigger screen, better onboard graphics, and an optical drive.
Update: A reader pointed out that I failed mention that if you you are sacrificing weight and portability with the Lenovo. Yes, people buy netbooks to be very mobile. However, consumers see the small laptop and small price will think that it’s a cheap laptop. They need to know what they are buying.
Now, for those looking for a value laptop, the Lenovo is for you. It’s priced the same as a netbook and can do more in terms of functionality. The downside is that it’s heavier and less mobile.
A netbook will have some lag when you’re running more than 3 programs. The small size limits the hardware you can use inside a netbook. Currently, most netbooks can only support a maximum of 2GB of memory. The Intel Atom CPU is very efficient in terms of power use, but is only recommended for light duty tasks. The upside of a netbook is that it’s extremely portable and light.