Netbook laptops are smaller versions of an actual laptop. They are predominantly targeted and used to access the internet on the go, which is why they are also known as Netbooks. The advent of Web 2.0 which made the Internet much more interactive led to the invention of netbooks. Manufacturers on basis of market research realized that with increasing usage of Internet there was a need for a computer which was much smaller, lighter and mobile than the laptops everybody was using.

A netbook laptop comes in screen sizes ranging from 7 to 10 inches. They are also much lighter than laptops and laptop stands. A netbook laptop generally runs on Intel atom processors which was built for use in netbooks. The processing power of a netbook is not as high or fast as a laptop but is very close to it.

Most netbook laptops have a standard keyboard, a small track pad, USB ports, Network connectors and headphone and microphone jacks. As they are meant for use on the move they have built in Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth. They have a 3 cell battery while some manufacturers also offer a 6 cell battery.

Just as desktops have become obsolete with the invention of laptops, many people claim that netbooks will make laptops obsolete. Manufacturers are betting on a major scale on mini laptops taking the market by storm in the future. Google has developed and released Chrome OS. Which is an operating system built and targeted at mini laptops. There are also many custom apps that can be downloaded and used on the netbooks for various purposes.

Cloud computing which is storage of data over network on storage farms also will lead to increase in usage of mini laptops. With data being stored over cloud and being accessible anywhere you would not need high storage devices which are big, noisy and heavy hard drives. With Solid state drives being used in some netbook laptops  which are essentially hard drives that have no moving parts which means there would be no sound or mechanical failures. Solid state drives are as good as high storage flash drives.

A netbook laptop does not have a cd drive but you can purchase a USB disk drive to use if you feel the need for one. Some people find mini laptop screens to be too small and find it difficult to type on the small keyboard but you get accustomed to it with prolonged use.

Netbook laptops are the future along with tablet PC’s and there are new better models being launched by manufacturers constantly.

Tue 17 January 2017