Netbooks, those low-priced ultraportable laptops that appeared out of nowhere in 2007, are now a sizable portion of total laptop sales in the US.
What’s the difference between a “netbook” and a “notebook” computer? Why should you pay $800 for a 15-inch laptop when you can pay $250 of a 10-inch netbook? We answer these questions and more in our continuing coverage of the netbook market in partnership with SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com.
Whether you’ve never heard of a netbook or you think netbooks are old news, you’ll be surprised to find out just how much these pint-sized laptops have changed the market in less than three years. What began as a low-cost mobile PC for consumers has now transformed into a suprisingly capable ultraportable PC for corporate enterprise clients as well. Netbooks like the Acer Aspire D250 or the HP Mini 5102 work just as well for staying connected to work email as they do for updating your facebook page.
While you’re at it, be sure to chime in with your thoughts and opinions about netbooks in the world of business in the Netbooks In Enterprise Survey.
Netbooks vs Notebooks: Matching form with function
Although around for only a few years, netbooks have quickly become a mainstay in both consumer and business computing due to their low cost, small size and Internet and email capabilities. Businesses like netbooks because they are well-suited for cloud-based applications and are a perfect complement to larger and more full-featured notebook computers. Many companies also position them as a necessary tool for mobile workers, since they are affordable and have an extended battery life.
These small systems do have their limitations, however, as mobile expert Craig Mathias points out in an interview that discusses pros and cons of netbooks and larger notebook PCs.