Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The big thing in notebooks right now are netbooks. They're cheap, more than powerful enough for day-to-day tasks, and small enough to actually carry around without anyone even noticing you're carrying one (not a bad thing in some parts of the world). However, they also receive a lot of criticism, such as cramped keyboards and displays that are too small. So, at Kaiwai's suggestion, here's a question for you all: how do you use your netbook?
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What it is designed for
by blw37 on Thu 20th Aug 2009 23:24 UTC
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I have a laptop, a desktop and a netbook, and I use them all differently. I am a part time student part time professional researcher. I use my netbook for three things: a quick loading (I have an SSD based netbook) device for accessing the web, taking notes, and playing back multimedia files while travelling. For trips away I decide whether to take the laptop or netbook according to whether I will be just taking notes, or doing some real drafting. The keyboard is too small to be comfortable for drafting longer reports but is fine for quick notes, and the netbook has better battery life.

Anything heavy duty (statistics for example) I do on the desktop.

I think that the drive for greater features in netbooks is in danger of losing the purpose of the device. For me, it is something that I can throw into a bag for basic use as a supplement to the more powerful but less portable machines.

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