Notebook Vs NetbookThese are speed times and competitions between different products are also speeding up. Companies keep on trying developing new technologies and techniques to take over and win the race. The competition goes on between PCs and Laptops, Netbooks and Notebooks.

Apart from personal choices both netbooks and notebooks hold feature differences.

Size And Weight

Netbooks are relatively smaller in size with a display screen measuring between 7 to 12 inches whereas notebooks have a screen size of 12 to 17 inches. The keyboard of a netbook is also 80% to 90% smaller in size than a notebook’s key board. These are energy efficient small computers, lighter in weight comparing to a notebook; only 2 to 3 pounds.

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Multi Tasking

Capable of high loaded tasks and running multiple applications is what notebooks can do whereas, neither netbooks are capable of multi tasking nor can they handle heavy applications. These are incapable of running programs like photo/images and video editing softwares. In comparison, notebooks can work efficiently while running these.

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Connectivity

Notebooks are able to perform straining technical jobs, though these tasks consume more battery. With a notebook, one can enjoy connecting to the net through landline telephone (cable modem telephone port), Wi-Fi Cards and a USB enabling to establish net connection. While the notebooks are coming without Ethernet port (enables connection through DSL or cable modem).

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Battery Life

Previously both had almost similar battery life. With the developments going on, both compete with each other in this regard. Samsung’s NC110 offers 8hrs battery life and NC310 offers 11hrs. Notebooks like 17-inch MacBook Pro claim 8hrs, EliteBook 6930p from Hp is claimed to offer an amazing 24hrs battery life. The notebooks which are coming with less battery time, say 2 hours, can be replaced with extended batteries, increasing the time, which is a sure win over the netbooks.

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External Drives

There are no CD/DVD drives in a netbook; you cannot play a CD/DVD on it. Though, movies and music can be enjoyed through a hard drive. All the notebooks provide these facilities.

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Software

A netbook can run Windows XP Home and Linux easily, while to run Vista it needs more power. It has been recently announced by Microsoft that it will be coming up with Windows7 for netbooks. Though personalized versions of Linux, Mac OS or Windows XP Professional can be used to get maximum out of the netbook. Notebooks have no problem with any version of Windows.

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Processor/Speed

The processors integrated in netbooks are not capable of handling heavy JavaScript sites like Youtube.com as efficiently as a notebook. Netbooks come with a slow processor.

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Price Levels

Netbooks can fall between $400 and $800, whereas notebooks are costlier than netbooks.

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Evaluation

  1. Netbooks focus on net-based tasks such as browsing, reading and writing e-mail or using web-based applications.
  2. Netbooks can be useful for a child as his first computer, whereas notebooks are sophisticated portable computers.
  3. As the netbook are capable of running Ms Office, it is quite handy for writers, editors or teachers.

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Both notebooks and netbooks are portable computers. While looking at the details of specs, it is not difficult to evaluate which is the efficient one.

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