But todays full-featured netbooks have struck a chord for folks wanting something more powerful and comfortable than a smartphone, but less bulky than a traditional laptop.
Netbooks are highly portable, shrewdly priced, and can in a pinch, with external peripherals function as a secondary desktop PC. Plus, there's the "oops" factor. I'd never call a $400 purchase expendable that's still a lot of money. But if the worst were to occur, and your netbook was lost, stolen, or sat on, it wouldn't cause nearly the trauma a $2,500 MacBook Pro would in the same situation.
As with most computer-related purchases, there are plenty of options to consider when buying a netbook. To help, weve put together a 10-minute guide that covers all the basics. While we don't have the space to examine every possible machine and configuration in depth, we'll give you everything you need to know to make an informed decision from the specs you need, to the models, brands, and even some stores you should consider.
Heres what you need to know when buying a netbook today:
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