Why choose a laptop over a Netbook
Weighing up the options
The obvious advantage that a Netbook has over a laptop is the size. Netbook displays usually range from seven to 10 inches, whereas laptops
normally start at between 13 and 14 inches. While this inevitably makes the Netbook smaller and more compact, it does restrict the size of the screen,
making it limited in its ability to show applications such as films, pictures or games. They also have limited resolution, currently a maximum of
1024x600. Anything below this maximum level of screen resolution doesn't allow you to view the whole width of a web page at once. So the user has
to resort to scrolling across the screen to read an entire line of text. A laptop has a larger screen and higher resolution, allowing you to view the entire
web page in comfort.
When it comes to power and battery life, the Netbook wins. Their smaller size makes them much more power efficient than a laptop, giving them a
battery lifespan of about three times longer than an average laptop. However, the latest generation of laptops are addressing this issue, and some of
the best are now comparable with Netbooks.
Where the laptop beats the Netbook hands down is in the performance. Netbooks may have the advantage of being much smaller and lighter than a
laptop, but that strength is also a weakness when it comes to performance. Because a laptop has a larger internal hard drive, it is capable of running a
far greater variety of applications than a Netbook. You could, of course, upgrade your Netbook with an additional external hard drive bolt-on, but that
really detracts from the point of having a Netbook in the first place. A laptop gives you greater hard drive capacity, higher processor speeds
(particularly if you have a dual core processor) and greater graphics memory, making them a far more versatile tool.
Netbooks are also lacking in one major department - they don't have optical disc drives, so you cannot use CDs or DVDs as you can with a laptop.
Yes, they do have Wi-Fi connectivity b