Laptop buying advice forum: What's the difference between Netbooks and notebooks?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) October 24, 2008 11:55 AM PDT

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What's the difference between Netbooks and notebooks?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 10/24/08 11:55 AM

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What's the difference between Netbooks and notebooks?

Lately, I've been hearing quite a buzz around Netbooks; maybe you've seen one, but these particular laptops are super tiny and cute! I'm currently shopping around for my first laptop, not for a desktop replacement, but a portable computer I can take along with me on my travels. I'm new to laptops, but aren't these so-called Netbooks like every other laptop out there, but just smaller in size? I'm having a difficult time differentiate the two types. Can you give me run down on the differences between the two types of laptops? I want something small in size, but does size matter when it comes to performance or operation? I sure don't want to buy something that won't meet my needs. Any information you can help me with this Netbook vs. laptop decision will help me out a great deal. Thanks in advance.

--Submitted by Donna S.

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Difference between notebooks and netbooks --Submitted by 3rdalbum
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=313546&messageID=2890973#2890973

Netbook vs. notebook --Submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=313546&messageID=2891079#2891079

What's a netbook? --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=313546&messageID=2895071#2895071

Netbooks are... --Submitted by choosenotebook
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=313546&messageID=28961632896163

If you have any additional recommendations or experience using netbooks to share with Donna, let's hear them. Click on the "Reply" link to post. Please be detailed as possible in your answer and list all options available. Thanks!

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