Choosing Between A Netbook, Laptop, Tablet Or Desktop

July 13, 2011 | by

Choosing between a netbook, laptop or desktop and a tablet  can be quite difficult, and you need to think about your specific needs before you go in for one of these. For example, nothing can give you better computing power than a desktop computer, and if you’re a graphics professional, I wouldn’t suggest that you settle for anything but a desktop, which can handle anything from 2D graphics program to the most powerful 3D graphics software.

Desktop Computer

Another thing about desktop computers is that they’re modular, which a notebook or netbook isn’t, and this means that a desktop can be configured to your needs, no matter what those needs may be. But what a desktop isn’t is portable – you can configure it all you want, but you can’t tuck it under your arm when you travel.

Laptop v Notebook

So what’s the difference between a laptop and a netbook. Well, the netbook is the ultimate in convenience and portability, of course. There’s no longer any need to carry that laptop bag around anymore, because your netbook weighs only eleven inches across and weighs less than half what a conventional laptop does. It has other advantages as well – for example, it is a great deal more energy efficient, which translates all round into a better battery life and less recharging.

So where does the netbook lose out? Well, the way most conventional laptops lose out to desktops – in computing power. Yes, a netbook is all very well if you want to use some simple word or office applications, or if you want to surf the net, but if you’re looking to run multimedia or play games, then perhaps a netbook is not for you.

A netbook is great for writing email while you’re in a café or in the car on the way to work, but it certainly loses out on the more diverse range of applications that a computer (even a portable computer) can be put to. But you’re not buying a netbook for diversity of application  but for portability, and here this little giant certainly delivers. Why tote around a bulky laptop bag when you can have a computer that you can tuck under your arm or into your briefcase just as you would a book?

What About Tablets

This is one of the exciting markets at the moment with new products and innovations emerging all the time. Many of the major cell phone manufactures are expanding their smartphones into this range with bigger screens and many different applications to help customers.

Typically the screen size is around 11” to 14” and gives the user enough screen space to carry out many tasks. These are web centric devises allowing access to web, email and an ever increasing selection of application that cover so many different topics.

What About Price

And then there’s the question of cost, and here again netbooks win hands down, with many netbooks costing less than half what some of the more costly notebooks cost. A netbook provides the barest essentials of computer capability at an eminently reasonable price, and is a very good deal for students for use in school and university as well as for those who need a lightweight computer for basic office work and checking email while on the move.

Tablets are also dropping in price with the like of Apple, Motorola, Samsung offering different hardware devises to select from. Another important component is the operating system with Apple and Android battling it out for market share.

Internet connectivity is excellent with most netbooks being able to connect to the net either through the conventional telephone connection or through a USB, as well as through wi fi cards. As a matter of fact, their ability to connect through a conventional telephone connection is an advantage they have over most notebooks, which cannot do so. In short, netbooks represent excellent connectivity and an affordable price.


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