Wednesday, May 13, 2009

When is a Computer too Small?

I was in D.C. the other day for my friend's wedding and I saw someone at the coffee shop using a Dell netbook. The thing was absolutely tiny and I started wondering, "when is a computer too small?" I know that some people may have had some bad experiences with Dell, but that's not what I'm focusing on. Instead, I wish to ask a fundamental question that gets to the root of form over function. If it's "cool" to use a netbook in public, then you may not care about functionality. On the other hand, if you're really trying to get some work done (like patient notes through your electronic health record or EHR), then you need something where you can be meaningfully productive.

Portability vs. functionality. How do you prioritize? Netbooks seem to be getting smaller every day. When is a computer too small?

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