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Any of you went down to the recent PIKOM PC Fair? I didn’t. Seriously, the last time I went to the PC Fair was like more than 10 years ago.  I didn’t have the problem of choosing between netbooks or notebooks. I spent like RM10K for a Twinhead notebook. Is Twinhead still around these days? If only netbooks were available back then.

Anyway, the recent PC Fair saw two of my siblings purchasing netbooks. One a Lenovo S10-3T, while the other a HP Mini 210. I’ll put up a review of each in my next few posts.

Today, I think I’m going to dwell on a topic some of you might be pondering about. Yes, I believe that some of you might still be wondering about which technology you should invest on – Netbooks or Notebooks. As a matter of fact, I’ve recently received a few calls asking me what a netbook is.

What Is A Netbook

According to the Wikipedia, a netbook is

a category of small, lightweight, and inexpensive laptop computers suited for general computing and accessing Web-based applications typically with long battery life
~Netbook in Wikipedia~

If you don’t know what a netbook is, then read my first netbook related post two years ago titled – 5 Reasons to Get a Low Cost Netbook in the Market Today. Basically, a netbook is defined with the following criteria:

  • Size – 9, 10 or 11 inch in size. Anything less will be in the subnotebook category.
  • Weight – Should be around 1kg – 1.5kg.
  • Battery – By current standards, a netbook’s battery life should last at least 7 – 8 hours in one single charge.
  • Price – RM900 – RM1600 ($300 – $500)  should probably be just about right at the moment.
  • Performance – With Intel’s new dual core Atom CPU, netbooks may no longer suffer from performance problems. They may not perform up to par with their larger brethren yet. Still, a dual core Atom shoud do just fine.

How To Decide Between Netbooks Or Notebooks

When people tell me they need my advice on choosing between a Netbook and a Notebook, I’ll first ask them what do they want to use it for? Are they going to use it for work? Wurfing the net? Play games? Video Rendering? etc.. Seriously, you need to assess your netbook business needs before purchasing one.

If you are just using it for surfing and occasional word processing, then a netbook should fit you just fine. However, if you are a heavy user, a netbook  may not suit you. You will probably need the processing power available on notebook.

If  you really can’t decide, then just go on over to the nearest notebook shop and test them both. Let your hand, fingers and eyes decide for you. Don’t worry about the minor details like performance and stuff. My guess is, by this time next year, if not sooner, netbooks and notebooks shall become one again. Even now, you can get notebooks at netbook prices and netbooks at notebook prices.