10 Tips on how to choose a Netbook

Despite the emergence in the market of devices like the iPad or Galaxy Tab, that are Apple’s and Samsung’s rejuvenated versions of the tablet PCs Microsoft announced some time ago, netbooks are still alive and kicking in the market that show no signs of disappearing.

These computers, which were born in an attempt to create computers for educational applications, allow the user to perform simple tasks like surfing the Web, chat or edit text documents or spreadsheets in a lightweight laptop computer with a lower cost compared to other more powerful laptops.

Here are the main features you should take into account when choosing a netbook.
Remember that you should make the decision and do not let the salesman take it for you. If you follow this information and prioritize your needs, you’ll find the right netbook for your needs.

1. Screen
The standard size agreed upon by most manufacturers is 10 inches for the display area.

2. Keyboard
Keyboards should be tested at the store, so you can see if the keyboard size fits your needs, write a short text on the text editor and see if you make too many mistakes. Check among the netbooks that you most like and choose the one that is most comfortable.

3. Procesador
In the market there are two models used in these devices: Atom Atom N270 and N450, both from Intel.

4. Battery Life
The offer consists of a standard three-cell battery that provides about three or four hours of use.

5. Weight
On average, a netbook does not exceed 3 pounds, by their very nature they are very easy to carry around.

6. Operating System
Windows XP is still the standard used by netbooks, though some are now arriving with Windows 7.

7. RAM Memory
If the netbook comes with Windows Vista or 7 installed, it is best to choose a configuration with 2GB of RAM. If it comes with Windows XP pre-installed then 1GB is enough.

8. Disk Space
Though a netbook will not be used as a storing device, nor will it work with large files so a 120 or 160 Gb hard drives is fine.

9. Slots and connectors
USB connectors are always present in netbooks, these can be used for external CD ROM drives, hard disks, mouse and other devices not included in the netbook.

10. Connectivity
Most netbooks provide WiFi and Ethernet connectivity so you can connect to the Internet. Some have 3G connections too.

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