What is a netbook some of you might ask, and what is the difference between a netbook and a regular notebook. Well, basically, netbooks are just another kind portable personal computers, and there are not many things that separate them from notebooks. There are some though.
Thus, a netbook is a smaller notebook or mini laptop, with a screen not bigger than 10 inches, and no optical drive, just as a normal notebook. Those netbook computers are used mostly for basic computing, text editing, browsing, e-mail and messenger type of services.
Although those devices are not very good in terms of present day computing performances, they usually compensate by low costs, low energy consumption and portability. A netbook is definitely not the device for some fancy audio/video streaming or for gaming. But if you need just to get online, write something at school or work, or just to carry something around with you, during holydays to save the tones and tones of pics your wife made each day you were in Rome, then a netbook could be just what the doctor ordered.
The question of what is a netbook first appeared around 2007, along with the cheaper, smaller, lighter, and more affordable notebooks. With netbooks, mobile computing opened its way into lower budget markets, making basic computing affordable for almost everybody that has a job and a roof over his head.
The prices for this kind of devices went even lower after Microsoft launched Windows 7 Starter OS on the market, an operating system that it’s sold at a lower price than the mainstream Windows 7 OS, and it’s conceived to work good on lower hardware spec.
Despite the fact smart phones and PC tablets get faster and faster, and with more and more features, the price for such devices stay somehow prohibitive for a large proportion of the consumers.
As more and more public places get wireless internet hot spots, it becomes almost a necessity to have a netbook with you when you travel, and you cant really compare the internet surfing experience on a 10 inch netbook relative to the experience you have on the small phone screen, even that the smartphone coasted probably three times more then the netbook.
In a few years maybe the hardware handicap of a netbook compared to a notebook or even a laptop will become thinner and thinner, until probably, we will get best performance as possible, in the small and light weight netbook format and, why not, for even lower prices then today netbooks.