Laptop vs. netbook
When looking for a portable computer, you may be offered the option of purchasing a traditional laptop or netbook. Below we created a chart that compares the two and gives you the pros and cons of each, and helps make your purchase easier.
Laptop - Laptops have more features than a netbook and cost more to manufacture. Because of these costs, it'll cost more to buy a laptop.
Netbook - Netbooks are usually affordable since they're smaller and have fewer components.
Bottom line: Netbooks are often the cheapest portable computer option.
If cost is an important factor, consider a Chromebook. It does not run Microsoft Windows, but for most people, it does everything they need out of a portable computer.
Laptop - Although there are cheap laptops, the processor with most laptops is a lot better than the processors found in most netbooks.
Netbook - The processor is one of the most expensive components in a computer. Therefore, the processor is usually a low-end processor. Using a low-end processor may degrade your experience when doing more intensive tasks such as watching movies or playing games.
Bottom line: Laptops often have a faster processor than netbooks and performs better than a netbook.
Laptop - Larger laptops come with a larger keyboard, making it easier to type on for users who plan on typing a lot.
Netbook - Because of their small sizes, netbooks have a smaller keyboard. If you need to type a lot, make sure to play with the keyboard first. Some users with bigger hands have an almost impossible time typing on a netbook.
Bottom line: For anyone needing to type a lot, a laptop is often the best solution. However, if you'll be working at a desk, a full-sized USB keyboard can connect to a laptop and netbook.
Laptop - Because of its larger size, carrying around a laptop could be more of a burden for some users.
Netbook - With their smaller sizes, netbooks are a lot easier to carry around. For females, these can often even be carried in a purse.
Bottom line: Although laptops have gotten a lot smaller and lighter, netbooks are often a lot smaller than laptops.
Laptop - With its bigger size, a laptop has a larger screen size than a netbook, making it easier to read and view.
Netbook - Netbooks are smaller, making the screen smaller. Like the keyboard, we highly recommend looking at the netbook before buying it to make sure it works for you.
Bottom line: You'll have an easier time reading a laptop screen. However, a monitor can connect to a laptop and netbook to make either screen easier to read.
Netbook - Netbooks often use an SSD instead of a hard drive. Although these drives have a smaller storage capacity, they perform faster when accessing data.
Bottom line: Both laptops and netbooks can have slower 5400 RPM hard drives in them. However, because of their compact size, a netbook often requires an SSD. If you're leaning towards a laptop computer, make sure it comes with an SSD.
Netbook - Many netbooks do not include a disc drive. If you wanted to load something from a disc, play a movie, or listen to a CD, an external drive is needed.
Bottom line: If a disc drive is important to you, get a laptop. However, make sure your laptop comes with a disc drive. Newer laptops are starting to no longer have disc drive options.
Netbook - Because many netbooks are stripped down to help lower the overall cost and power consumption, many netbooks run Linux or older versions of Windows.
Bottom line: Make sure the laptop or netbook you purchase uses the operating system you want to use.