If you’re looking for a light, low-cost alternative to a standard laptop, you may be thinking about a slate tablet or a netbook. The netbook began losing significant market share when the Apple iPad emerged on the scene a year ago, but there are still those who choose to purchase a netbook today. Are you considering a new gadget?
Here’s something to consider: a netbook may weigh 2 pounds whereas an ultra-light laptop may weigh 3 pounds. Is the difference of 1 pound that significant? If not, then go with an ultra-light laptop.
If you can’t afford high-end ultra-light laptops like the MacBook Air, then you may find yourself thinking about buying a slate tablet and using an external keyboard. Or, you may settle on a netbook. How should you make your purchasing decision?
I generally recommend netbooks for people who:
- Don’t mind working on a really small screen.
- Don’t mind typing on a smaller, cramped keyboard.
- Require access to USB ports, SD card slots, and VGA monitor ports.
- Need a Microsoft Windows operating system environment.
- Need a significant amount of storage space for large files, multimedia, etc.
Slate tablets like the iPad and Xoom are great for people who:
- Don’t need access to applications running on Microsoft Windows.
- Want a device that’s really light.
- Don’t plan to do much typing (unless you have an external keyboard)
- Want to play fun, innovative games.
- Need to use the device while standing.
A netbook or slate tablet won’t replace your primary computer. I consider these supplementary gadgets that can be helpful for people who want something small and light when they travel.