There has been somewhat of a revolution in laptop design over recent years; culminating in the arrival of netbooks. A lighter, cheaper and stripped down version of the traditional laptop, they have come a long way from their beginnings as an answer to providing developing countries with affordable computers.
This excellent project, which continues to help those less fortunate and vulnerable, was just the start however. In the western world, sales have soared in the recent global economic downturn, whilst sales of traditional laptops and most certainly home desktop computers has all but bottomed out, to all intent and purposes.
This has of course been hugely driven by the lower cost, with no real degradation in performance and use for most casual users. However, it is far more than price alone which has kept sales rising. They are also highly portable; being lightweight and much smaller of course; quite able to be carried around in a handbag or shoulder bag with ease.
They will not appeal to business users of course; not to any great degree anyway, but for the consumer, they are more than adequate for emailing and surfing the web. Other such basic functions such as simple spreadsheets, and word processing can also be managed perfectly well.
This is because of their reduced capacity processors. However, this does not affect the basic functions, as the small battery requires less power, so the life of a charge is more than sufficient in most instances.
Whilst the diminutive size of netbooks would have many people thinking that screens would be too small; this is not the case. The screens themselves are some of the clearest available, and definition is excellent. With touch screen functionality too, they are somewhat of a glimpse into the future perhaps. With near full sized keyboards, and many connection ports too, it all looks excellent.
But there have been some downsides of course. These have tended to be based around the Operating System that was offered as standard. Though very good, the Linux OS was just not familiar to most users.
However, problems that existed with Windows OSs were soon overcome. The recently launched Windows Seven is set to be further developed; with a newly configured version of the platform being designed specifically. For the growing number of manufacturers of netbooks, it looks likely that they could well become the standard in the not too distant future.
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