Netbooks are ultra-light, inexpensive, and highly portable. Notebooks are full sized, full-performance and full-priced. Assess your business needs to make the savviest and most cost-effective choice for you.
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Which laptop delivers the computing your company needs? It's a question of power, price, and portability. Determine what kinds of tasks your laptop needs to perform regularly. Both styles of PC are designed for easy travel, yet there's a notable difference between the lighter-than-air netbooks and the more substantial notebooks.
For business travelers whose work is web-driven, netbooks provide a sleek solution at a price. Weighing less than three pounds, with screens a mere 12 inches or smaller, netbooks can be wielded with one hand. For those who tend to log heavy mileage and cover serious airport terrain, being able to slip your computer easily into a briefcase is a huge advantage, especially as airlines increasingly charge for carry-ons, even for international flights.
Netbooks have a longer battery life, enabling you to go a full workday without a charge. The newest models deliver up to 12 hours of computing at a time. If you're crossing time zones with limited access to power sources, this can add several hours of productivity.
On the flipside, netbooks have smaller screens and keyboards than notebooks, and require external drives for DVDs and extra memory. Although they require less power, they pack less punch and are not designed to run several programs at once. For small web-driven jobs that don't require too much heavy lifting, netbooks are the machine of choice.
Notebooks, on the other hand, come equipped with DVD drives, plus the sheer processing power to create graphics, edit video, and manage enormous file libraries. Notebook weight starts at about five pounds, with larger screens and keyboards, but a battery life of only about four hours. Capable of running numerous applications simultaneously, notebooks give you desktop capacity with the ease of a laptop.