Saturday, August 8, 2009

Students and netbooks: the price factor


I was shopping today and I was thinking about the fact that many students are getting ready to go back to school. Some have already started! If you're looking for a new laptop/notebook for school, would you be inclined to purchase a netbook for $300-400? Some of these netbooks are really nice and they are starting to blur the line between netbook vs. notebook. If you have an 11" screen and a large keyboard, then are you a netbook or simply an ultra-mobile notebook?

Over the next few years, I anticipate that we're going to see many netbooks on campus and in the airports. Apple will have to come out with a device to compete against netbooks that are priced just for that student budget. Most medical students don't have the luxury to spend a lot of notebooks. Maybe you're school requires that you purchase the Lenovo Thinkpad X200 Tablet PC. That's not a cheap computer. However, if you have the flexibility to choose anything, then maybe it makes sense to get an inexpensive netbook and then to get a nicer machine after you graduate.

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