20 Netbook Computers Ideas
In reality it is seriously taxing the system to run on 1 gig of ram. The promise of the netbook was that it would be more portable, have longer battery life, and run all the software you needed. With the overall PC market shifting towards more and more replacements, the netbook arrived at the right time to create a “first-time” market – of people buying a machine purely for its portability and/or battery life.
In 2009, netbook sales increased more than 100% over 2008. Netbooks fall into a category of what vendors refer to as “small form” computers. Such computers have been known by various names, including subnotebook, ultra-portable, mini-notebook, mini-thin client, cloudbook and ultra-mobile PC. The generic name netbook, however, is currently the most popular marketing buzzword. Typically, a netbook will have a slimmed-down operating system, a smaller-than-usual keyboard, a smaller-than-usual screen and very little storage space.
This often causes the mouse to jump some place I don’t want it to go. Battery life – These rating can vary significantly, ranging from 2.5 hours to over 8 hours depending on the model. Many netbook computer manufacturers also offer an extended life battery as an extra cost option. Keyboard size — A Netbook computer’s keyboard is usually about 85 to 95 percent of a full-size QWERTY keyboard.
The principal objection to netbooks in this context is the lack of good video performance for streaming online video in current netbooks and a lack of speed with even simple games. Adults browsing for text content are less dependent on video content than small children who cannot read. Since 2010, major netbook manufacturers no longer install or support Linux in the United States. However, companies targeting niche markets, such as System76 and ZaReason, continue to pre-install Linux on the devices they sell. For Windows 8, in a ploy to counter Chrome OS-based netbooks and low-end Android tablets, Microsoft began to offer no-cost Windows licenses to OEMs for devices with screens smaller than 9 inches in size. Additionally, Microsoft began to offer low-cost licenses for a variant of the operating system set up to use Microsoft’s Bing search engine by default.
This price can increase if you add an external CD/DVD drive or a larger, extended life battery. So far, netbooks have appealed to a relatively small audience. Some of the devices feel more like toys or overgrown phones than full-featured computers. Still, they are the big success story in the PC industry, with sales predicted to double this year, even as overall PC sales fall 12 percent, according to the research firm Gartner. By the end of 2009, netbooks could account for close to 10 percent of the PC market, an astonishing rise in a short span. The overall size of the computer is largely determined by the size of the screen.
Average CPUs for a netbook will have around 1.3 GHz of clock speed, but you may find some CPUs with 2 GHz or more. While buying a new computer is hardly ever a truly frugal undertaking, there are ways to make it a bit more reasonable. We found that since we wouldn’t be using our new portable computer for much more than checking email and facebook (or twitter!), we wouldn’t need one of the more expensive and feature laden laptop computers. Instead we were able to get something that was considerably cheaper, but still offered everything that we needed in portable computing. At first we looked at a wide range of regular sized laptop computers.
Netbooks will help and benefit from the transition away from plastic DVDs as a movie medium to electronic media. Likewise, they will help and be helped by the transition to SSDs and away from spinning platter hard disks. Another difference among Netbooks is battery life/power, with low-end models having 3-cell batteries and higher-end models having 6 cells. Another reason has to do with the speed of SSDs–the cheap models are very slow at writing, especially at random writes.