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Netbook Features

By Roland Newhouse

For years there has been a gap between laptop computers and small handheld devices. Netbooks were introduced to fill that void. They are larger than a handheld but smaller than a laptop, and much less-expensive. They have many uses, although they have several limitations as well.

After years of having to choose between lugging around a laptop or dealing with the limitations of a handheld, the netbook was introduced to fill the gap. While smaller than laptops, they are larger and more useful than a handheld.

A netbook provides amazing portability; however, it lacks the power of a laptop or desktop, generally coming with a smaller hard-drive, less memory, a slower processor, a smaller display, and often with no CD-drive at all. These are the prices they pay for their portability, but these factors also make them about half the price of a laptop computer.

Despite their limitations, netbooks are very useful for many tasks. Word-processing, e-mail, viewing and organizing photographs, and viewing web-pages are all functions a netbook is quite capable of. Many of them have an integrated Wi-Fi receiver making wireless Internet access a breeze, and they often have built-in Bluetooth and webcams as well, which makes videoconferencing possible. They tend to have a much longer battery life than a laptop, and built-in memory card readers for transferring photographs or data.

They do lack the power for more resource-intensive functions, however. A netbook will not generally run games, even with an external CD-ROM drive — they simply lack the power necessary. Their screens tend to be smaller, which can pose a problem for those who are unable to read smaller print, or for those who tend to use all of their “desktop” space.

In spite of their limitations, netbooks are very good at what they are made for: they are ultra-portable, fairly capable, and much less-expensive than a laptop or desktop computer. If you simply want a portable device to “surf the Web” and check e-mail, a netbook is well-worth considering.

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Newhouse, Roland "Netbook Features." Netbook Features. 19 May. 2010. 31 Jul 2014 <>.

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Newhouse, R (2010, May 19). Netbook Features. Retrieved July 31, 2014, from

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