What’s the difference between a notebook and a Netbook? Steve Jobs believes Netbooks are just cheap slow notebooks and everyone should but an iPad but perhaps they have a place in the modern business.
I would define a Netbook as a smaller laptop with longer battery life, an atom or similar low power consuming processor and typically do not have optical drives.
For the last 10 years companies have had to decide between larger expensive desktop replacement laptops or desktops or the expense of both for mobile employees. Now for the price of a laptop you can often purchase a solid business class desktop and a Netbook.
Yes most Netbooks won’t break any processing records, but they will allow remote access to your office, work on word processing and other basic functions. Netbooks also typically have longer battery life and with their smaller size they weigh less and are easy to just throw in a bag on the go. One major objection or fear we get is the lack of CD/DVD drive. First USB DVD drives are inexpensive if you can’t let go. Secondly all Microsoft products on Open Licenses have to be downloaded anyway since Microsoft moved away from sending discs to it’s partners/ Even Windows comes with an easy program which can make you a USB boot disk that will install Windows 7 for you quickly and as easily as a DVD. (Windows 7 USB Tool can be found here: http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso-tool ) Lastly any disc you have now can be quickly made into and mounted in a virtual DVD drive using a free ITP favorite MagicDisc found here: http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-history.htm
Looking for some reccomendations? ITP staff favorite Netbooks are:
HP – HP Mini 210
Dell – Inspiron Mini 1018
Sony – Vaio X Series
Call us for a quote or help picking out a Netbook for your next trip for as low as $300.00. Steve, they might be cheap but they work.