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Netbook buying guide

NetBook
NetBook

After you did all of your researches, and now have a few netbook models on your shopping list. You are almost there, and you need to close it with good buying tricks.

  • Go with a bigger netbook manufacturer such as business broadband. Unless you are technically savvy, it is reasonable to go with a mini-laptop made by one of the major manufacturers. Although a few lesser-known brands may work adequately, it’s usually less risky to go with a familiar name brand. That is because you will likely get better supports and larger manufacturer tend to have greater user community in the internet. In many cases, you’ll find online forums offer better and faster helps than what you’ll get from the customer supports.
  • Check out feedbacks and reviews – online retailer web sites such as NewEgg and Amazon are good sources for user reviews. Get as many testimonials as you can. Generally, an important tenet of statistics is that the bigger the sample size, the more accurate the data will be.
  • Compare prices. Prices vary widely, especially online. Every cent saved these days counts, and you may easily save an extra 20 bucks with a smart buying technique, depending on where you buy the netbook. Amazon, Buy.com, and Newegg all stock netbooks, as do most smaller online laptop retailers – Google is your best buddy in finding them. If you are low on cash but still need a mobile computing, consider early netbook models. With sellers getting rid of older and discontinued models, you may find some great price cuts on various online deals – and don’t forget about using eBay. Many times, you can get brand-new early model netbooks for about $150 or less.
  • Shop at local stores. If possible find a local store that sells netbooks and see it in person. (In the US, Target, Costco, Best Buy, and even Toys“R”Us sell some netbook models).

Some manufacturers have discounted prices on used netbooks. Those netbooks are usually in good condition. They have been brought back to the manufacturer for some reasons and have been repaired and tested thoroughly. Most come with complete warranties. Check the netbook manufacturer’s internet site to see whether you can easily score any deals. Try Buy.com to see latest offers on refurbished netbooks.

Choosing the right RAM amount for your netbook

Ram
Ram

Like all computers, netbooks have internal RAM (random access memory).  Over the years, as RAM prices have declined steadily, however operating systems and programs have gotten more bloated (they have higher RAM requirements to support those glittery, new features), desktops and laptops are now have gigabytes of RAM. Even so, it’s a bit weird to see a low-end computer stuffed with 4 GB of RAM, because usually, it hardly uses more than 2GB.  When you are considering about netbooks, you may be surprised that a few models only have 512 KB of RAM. You may ask, “Won’t the netbook run as slow as thick molasses in the end of December?”

Actually, no, both Linux and Windows XP can easily run on 512 Kb of RAM and still have satisfactory performance – if you don’t have many files or programs open at once or run a memory-intensive program, like editing a 50 MB image in Photoshop CS3.  That said, 1 GB of memory will give you better performance and you don’t have to worry so much about curbing the multitasking.  Netbook makers offer 512 KB of RAM in cheaper netbooks and 1 or 2 GB in standard models.  Most netbooks can only support 2 GB of RAM. It is not caused by technology limitation, Microsoft’s licensing agreement stipulates that makers can’t sell netbooks that run Windows XP, with more than 2 GB of RAM.

Choose netbook with at least 1 GB of RAM, or if you are stuck with 512 KB, make sure it is possible to upgrade the memory some time in the future. Also make sure your RAM is the DDR2-800 type to get better performance.

All About Net books

Netbook ReviewThe Net books are also called as subnotebooks or mini laptops. The Netbooks are the small low power and low cost systems. The Netbooks are the portmanteau of notebook and internet and they are coined by Intel. The Netbooks are optimized generally for the essential computing like e-mailing, light word processing, web browsing, photo sharing and much more. The Netbook Reviews features of various models of Netbooks offered by different companies like Thoshiba, Hewlett Packard, MSI, Dell, Samsung, and Lenovo with more speed, power and capacity like the laptops. But of course the keyboard and screen size of the Netbooks have been downsized and the specifications were also limited when compared to the laptop. But they are very effective when compared to web browsing on small Smartphone and convenient than a laptop. The Netbooks will be the best choice for the hardcore gamers or for anyone who wants to run programs or big applications.

The Netbook Reviews on the features of Netbooks includes information about the screens which are about 10 inches with 1,024 x 600 resolutions which offers the best image quality. They displays of Netbooks are backlit LCDs which will produce crisp and bright screen and it can be used in bright lights or full sunlight and also in classroom and airline terminal. The Netbooks also offers many other best and useful features that are very productive particularly during travel times. The Netbooks averagely weigh 2 to 3 pounds and this makes it very easy for travel purpose. And when compared to the laptops, the batteries in Netbooks can last up to 7 hours and this will therefore help to work for a long time. The Netbooks can also run faster, better and hold a lot of information as you use. The best features, various form factors, performance, cost would make anyone to own the Notebooks as the secondary computer.

The Netbook Reviews offers the buying guide for Notebooks. There are many popular models of Notebooks available in the market like Toshiba Netbook, Asus Eee PC Notebok, HP Netbook, Acer Aspire One Netbook, Lenovo Netbook, MSI Wind Netbook and much more. Before you plan to buy a Netbook, it is important to figure out the model and brand in order to pick the form. It is also essential to know that the manufacturer of some major Netbook may make different brands by customizing aesthetics and exterior in order to fit the strategy of their brand but more or less the Netbooks are same with features.

Choosing Between a Hard Disk and a SSD for your Netbook

Notebook
Notebook Storage

Why should you be confused by storage? Surely, that’s an easy decision, right?  All you have to do is buy a netbook that has a sufficiently large hard drive capacity to hold all of your files and programs.

Well, it’s actually a bit more complicated than that, because today’s netbooks have two storage options, traditional hard disk drives and solid state drives. Here is the lowdown on both types.

Which one would you choose? Netbooks with 16 GB of solid state drives or those with conventional 160 GB hard disks? Both are available at the same price.

You may wonder if this is a typo. It seems a little ridiculous to limit yourself with only 16 GB of storage when you can have 10 times more storage for the same price level.

This is a problem netbook buyers occasionally face. Due to the fact that solid state drives are a lot more expensive than contemporary hard drives, netbook manufacturers use low-capacity solid state drives to keep prices down. Here is a bit of advice if you are having trouble making a quick decision.

Buy a netbook with normal hard drive if you want to:

  • Install lots of programs
  • Store MP3 files and movies on your drive
  • Run programs that use big cache and files (such as graphics editing or professional mapping programs)

Buy a netbook with an SSD if:

  • You like to have the lightest configuration possible
  • You prefer very fast startup times
  • You don’t plan on installing other programs beyond internet browsers and Office applications.
  • You use the netbook only for accessing the web

However, most buyers choose conventional hard drive instead SSD.  SSDs are quiet, fast and durable, but their low capacity and higher price can be a turn off. When 120 or 160 GB SSDs significantly come down in price, they may change their tune.  Modern hard drives for laptops are reliable, affordable, and popular – and are generally easy to replace or swap.

Choosing between Windows and Linux for your Netbook

If you are having trouble choosing between Windows and Linux for your netbook, here are a few advices to steer you into the right direction:

Choose Windows if you…

  • Have plenty of experience with Windows and don’t have time to learn other operating systems.
  • Plan on using certain Windows programs that can’t run in Linux.
  • Have hardware (scanner, printer, and so on) that doesn’t work in Linux.

Choose Linux if you…

  • Prefer free, open-source environment
  • Already use Linux for at least a few months and feel comfortable with it.
  • Are ready to trade off a couple of quirks for a really secure operating system.
  • Are willing to invest more time in learning a new OS. (If you are an experienced Windows user, you can become a good Linux user in just a week or two.)
Windows Linux
Windows Linux

Each day, Linux is getting closer to become a solid competitor to Windows on desktops and laptops, but it still has a few quirks that can frustrate average Windows users, not to mention the compatibility and hardware support issues.
If you go to retail outlets to look for netbooks, there is a good probability you will find a Linux netbook. But, stores are increasingly stocking only Windows netbooks – a few reports said that netbooks with Linux have a slightly higher return rate; it is likely because the new GUI and compatibility issues frustrate impatient Windows users. If you need a netbook only to go online and do light office works, you should use Linux and spend one or two days learning the new GUI. Ask the retailer to install your devices, for example; USB modem or portable printer, to the netbook, since occasionally installing hardware in Linux requires complicated settings.  If you have a netbook with Intel processor (Atom or Celeron), keep in mind that you are not tied to using the pre-installed OS.
That means you are allowed to dump Windows and replace it with Linux.
You should first find a suitable distro. Check out related online forums, often you’ll find a lot of discussions about a popular distro and it is a good idea to ask for the easiest way to install the distro to your netbook.

  • Download the distribution and burn it to a DVD or CD. (It is also possible to put the distribution image on a USB flash drive or an SD memory card, but having an external optical drive is usually the easiest route.)
  • Back up all important files
  • Boot from the installation disc – it typically involves changing the boot-up sequence in the BIOS menu.
  • After you run the installation disc, follow the installation instructions.
  • Restart the netbook, and Linux will run.

Many distributions have “live” versions; it means you can run Linux from the CD, without reformatting the hard disk and replacing the original Windows OS. It’s a good way to test whether a Linux distro suits your needs or whether it works nicely in your netbook. Some netbook manufacturers provide a copy of the installation package in a separate hard disk partition. It could be easier to reinstall Linux because you don’t need a CD/DVD. But if you format the hard disk and want to reinstall Linux, then you’re out of luck. If a Linux installation disc is not provided with your netbook, contact the seller to see whether it is possible to get one.