The classic question of a netbook vs a laptop today will be answered along with many others. What is the difference? And when is each useful?

The Laptop

This is a tool that we all should be familiar with, but I'll remind you of its characteristics. Basically it's a fold-able computer that works almost as well as a computer does. Generally a laptop's screen can be about 10-20 inches wide and the whole thing would weigh about 2-6 lbs . 2-6 lbs is about the weight of a watermelon, for estimation. A new battery would last up to 8 hours but the longer you use it, its maximum reservoir decreases. A laptop's price varies greatly. from less that $400 to higher than $2000+. The main difference from a computer is that it's portable.

The laptop may be a little slower than a desktop, and is definitely not as efficient for gaming. If you're a gamer, a laptop may not be for you unless you get ones designed specifically for that purpose. The ASUS G75VW-AH71 17.3-Inch Laptop is one that many have found to work well.

The Netbook

Let's take a look at the netbook.

Netbook vs Laptop

                        The Acer AOD270-1375

That is what it looks like. the model shown above has a screen size of 10.1 inches. This is common, as most models have screen sizes between 7 and 10 inches. It is also very light, generally weighing in at about 1.5- 3 lbs or so. They are also cheaper than laptops, which is a very important factor, because they only cost between $200 to $450. Keep in mind that the keyboard is slightly smaller, because that can be challenging to those that aren't very coordinated. The battery will last around 3-5 hours at most.

So now.... Here comes the choice. Which one should you choose, and when and where is each one the most useful? Well, the question is what is your preference?

If you like to travel light, the netbook is obviously more useful and a lot more portable. If you plan on walking a lot with something like this in your bag, the netbook makes a huge difference. The netbook is light so it won't weigh you down much. If you work simple, using only picture and word-based media, I would again recommend it.  When you're bootstrapped for cash, it also comes in handy for its fairly low price.

However, if you plan on playing games or watching videos, I would recommend a laptop due to it's capabilities. Because of it's wider screen, it makes watching a movie much more enjoyable. Also it is able to process a lot more, especially if you have a high-end one.

That is about it. For a final review I have added a table on the bottom that compares each dimensions.

  Screen Size Weight

Battery Life

Laptop 10-20 inches 2-6 lbs up to 8 hours $400 to $2000+
Netbook 7-10 inches 1.5- 3 lbs 3-4 hours $200 to $450