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Netbooks versus Notebooks: The New Age Battle

Netbooks versus Notebooks: The New Age Battle



The New Wave - Netbooks

The New Wave - Netbooks

These newer models were a much needed upgrade and a shot in the arm for the dominant player ASUS. No longer the sole 'alpha male of the pack', ASUS was forced to further innovate and redesign their lineup to compete against the newer entries. Strangely enough, most of the newer entrants stuck to the tried and true formula of the 8.9-inch screen, with only a few innovators daring to move away from the Solid State Drive (SSD) formula and further throwing in a larger 10.2-inch screen.

Of course, in keeping to the netbook form factor, these newer models forsook the (somewhat) standard inclusion of an optical drive found in most notebooks in favor of a longer battery life and a slower but more power efficient processor. Compared to notebooks, these netbooks would generally be able to last for periods of up to 7 hours against the 2-hour mark that most notebooks generally fall under.

Stuck onto an 8.9-inch (and up to 10.2-inch) size, early netbooks were often mistaken for the handheld Ultra Mobile Portable Computers (UMPCs), though they lacked most of the features found in such devices. The smaller form factor would also result in another complain from users disappointed with the small and cramped keyboard of the first generation of netbooks.

Apart from the size limitation, netbooks were further limited by the scope of their capabilities compared to their larger cousins as netbooks rely on using ultra low-powered processors for their products instead of the standard mobile CPU chips found in notebooks. This in turn affected their performance at the entertainment level, as most High-Definition (HD) videos were choppy and unplayable (though the extent of the problem was also dependant on the video CODEC type). 3D gaming was also a moot issue as netbooks would be unable to render a playable frame rate anyhow. After all, netbooks by classification are really very Internet-centric devices optimized for simplicity, affordability and as a result are only destined for simple productivity needs on the move.

With all the information available at her fingertips, Jane was easily able to obtain the data she needed to make up her mind. Having found a model she liked, she was ready to make a purchase when she discovered that the cost of the model was not to her liking. Compared to the first generation of netbooks, her preferred netbook model was priced as much as an entry-level laptop.