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Differences between netbooks and laptops

How do you tell the difference between laptops and netbooks and decide which factors are most important to you? Is it size, weight, operating system, CPU, cost, battery life, or what ?

Some differences between netbooks and laptops :-

1. Screen size
A general rule of thumb for a netbook is screen size between 7 and approximately 10 inches. Laptop screen size will generally vary between 12 inches 17 inches. There are some exceptions to these common sizes as a few manufacturers have made netbook computers with screens as large as 11 inches and some ultra portable laptop computer have been made with screens as small as 11 inches. There are also some laptops with screens as large as 20 inches. However at that size the concept of portability vanishes due to the overall size and weight of the laptop (or is it a portable desktop?).

2. Weight
A key factor in laptop and netbook computer design is the relationship between size and weight. Netbooks are smaller than laptops and weigh less. An average weight for a netbook is between 2.5 and 3.0 pounds. Mainstream laptop computers will be in the 5 to 7 pound range. Some premium ultra portable laptops can weigh in as low as 3 to 4 pounds. Screen size also directly effects computer weight as a larger screen is heavier. Plus the larger screen requires a larger, heavier battery to power the screen.

3. Battery life
The battery life between chargings for laptop and netbook computers varies dramatically. Most netbooks promise a battery life between 5 and 10 hours. Some older models are still in the 3+ hours range with some newer models achieving a battery life of up to 14 hours between charging. Most laptops will deliver a battery life between 3 and 5 hours. However with recent technology advances some moderately priced laptops are offering battery life between 7 and 12 hours per charge.

4. CPU & Processing Power
If there is one area where the difference between netbook computers and laptops computers is clear it is in processing power. From all perspectives laptop computers have more processing power than netbooks.
The vast majority of netbooks use the Intel Atom NP450 CPU with earlier netbook models using an earlier version of the Atom. Laptops use more powerful CPUs including the Intel Core Duo, Core 2 Duo or, more recently, one of the Intel i3, i5 or i7 CPUs. Ultra low voltage versions of some of these CPUs are also used in some ultra light laptops. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) also produces CPUs that are commonly used in laptops including their Turion and Athlon CPU product lines.

5. Optical Drives (CD/DVD)
CD/DVD drives are another clear area of difference. Netbooks do not have an internal CD or DVD drive. You must buy an external drive or download all software from the Internet. You can buy an external CD/DVD drive that connects via the USB port and costs approximately $50.
A large majority of laptop computers include a built-in CD/DVD drive. Some ultra portable laptops do not have an internal drive but come with an external CD/DVD drive as standard equipment.

6. Price
The majority of netbooks are priced in the $275 to $400 range. Laptops can range from $400 at the very low end to over $2,000 for some ultra light systems and high powered gaming laptops. By their basic design laptop computers have more flexibility in the final configuration.
Another item to consider in any cost comparison is the fact that netbook computers do not come with a CD/DVD drive. An external CD/DVD drive will add $50 to the cost. Larger, extended life batteries are also available for many netbooks. Some models come with the more powerful batteries as standard equipment otherwise the longer-life battery will add $50 - $75 to the cost. So when adding in the cost of an external CD/DVD drive and an extended life battery your netbook could end up closer to the $375 - $450 price range.

7. Operating System
Most laptops are now shipping with Windows 7 Home Premium. Most netbook computers now ship with Windows 7 Starter Edition installed. The Starter Edition is similar to Home Premium although it cannot utilize the features of the Windows 7 Aero advanced graphical interface. Due to the lower processing power and the reduced graphics processing capabilities of netbooks the less demanding version of Windows 7 Starter Edition is a much better fit.
Some laptops are still available with Windows XP although they are mainly focused on business world. Laptops with Windows XP are available direct from manufacturers (Dell, Lenovo, etc.) or through corporate resellers. All laptops sold in retail stores include Windows 7.

8. Graphics Capabilities
As mentioned in the Operating System section above, netbooks have significantly less power for processing complex graphics. Laptops have a more powerful CPU than netbooks plus many laptops have an additional powerful graphics processor which assists in providing higher screen resolutions, enhanced video processing capabilities and the power to play computer games. A netbook is not the optimal solution for playing computer games or watching DVDs or videos.

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What is a netbook?


Wikipedia says:
Netbooks are a category of small, lightweight, legacy-free, and inexpensive computers.
At their inception in late 2007[1] as smaller notebooks optimized for low weight and low cost[2] - netbooks omitted certain features (e.g., the optical drive), featured smaller screens and keyboards, and offered reduced computing power when compared to a full-sized laptop. Over the course of their evolution, netbooks have ranged in size from below 5" screen diagonal to 12". A typical weight is 1 kg (2.2 pounds). Often significantly less expensive than other laptops,[3] by mid-2009, some wireless data carriers began to offer netbooks to users "free of charge", with an extended service contract purchase.[4]

Feb 13, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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after i install and download the new adobe flash player I still can't get into any of my programs it is still telling me to download and install the flash player what can i do


LOL also make sure you download the CORRECT version not just the first link you are given !!!

There are a 32 bit version and a 64 bit version please take the time to get the correct one !

To check your version GOTo control panel, system,
Look around the middle of the screen and it should tell you which you need as indicated by
System type 64-bit Operating system
OR
System Type 32- bit Operating system

SAVE it to your computer DONT run it from the web as this can on occasion cause issues with installations.
Once saved DO REMOVE older versions before installing any other versions
and DO a shut down / restart of your computer before going on to install.


Your BROWSER type is also an important factor.
The OS (operating system) is another factor too !
There are different versions for different OS so make sure you get the version that matches your OS

Note that this is a COMPLETE answer not a half baked one as provided prev.

Oct 27, 2011 | Acer Computers & Internet

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which the best laptop i need a quad processor and good specs in my laptop


Hi,
Before deciding the make and model of the laptop, I recommend that you may consider the specifications, Operating System, Size and Weight, Wi-fi Connectivity, Battery Life etc. and above all Warranties & Support at your city/ country level, which is of prime importance in case the laptop malfunctions at any later stage.
I suggest that you may checkout Sony VAIO or Dell Inspiron Series.
New series of Intel processors (with multi-threading) are Core i3, i5 and i7. i3 & i5 have 2 Physical Processing Units, whereas, i7 has 4
Physical Processing Units. RAM up to 4GB/6GB/8GB and storage capacity (hard disk) up to 250/350/500/1000GB are common in new models. High Definition Audio and video is a must as well. Wireless-N (up to 300 Mbps data rate) should also be available.
So, look for the laptop with above specification and decide the make/ model after actually having a look at it.

Hope it helps! Good Luck! Thanks for using Fixya!
CreativeTECH

Sep 24, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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