A friend of mine came over last Friday night brandishing his very new accessory.
With a flourish out of his briefcase, he produced a netbook. (In case you don’t know, it’s a mini-laptop with limited features and a downsized operating system used for simple tasks, not to replace a computer – in most instances.)
I picked it up with one hand easily, without feeling any stress in my wrist the way I do when I heft my 17″ widescreen laptop into its “doesn’t quite fit” soft-shell case to put it in the “barely fits” backpack to take it to school with me or out of the house to work. It starts up quick as a bunny and there it is. A teeny screen that seems much bigger now that I’ve gotten so used to using my iPhone to surf the Internet when I’m not at home.
The keyboard looked like a 97%-er (aka almost normal size) and there was no number pad, but really, if you’re going for small you kind of have to be willing to sacrifice the number pad.
Here’s where my desire comes from. I want something I can easily transport but that I don’t have to squint to see. My iPhone is portable as all-get-out, but it’s small. My laptop is easy to read, but it’s big. I don’t even need a hard drive, since I save most things on Google Docs or some other online service. The Macbook Air is lovely, just lovely – but I’ve always had PCs and I’m just not sure I’m young enough to learn all the new tricks that are necessary to switch over and be a 700-year-old hipster. (OK, 35, whatever, LOL)
So I’m thinking netbook. A little thicker than the Air, but not much heavier, and has an overall size difference of a few inches diagonally.
But it would be great to take to Caribou or Starbucks and take up less space while working on the little table. It would be great to take to school without having to make my backpack almost 10lbs. heavier (since my surgery this has become of greater concern. My back muscles do a lot of extra work already while my stomach muscles heal). It would be great to take almost anywhere.
But how do you decide what kind of netbook is best for your needs? They all seem to be sold just on the merits of being small but I want a good processor that lasts. What kind is that? Plus, call me old fashioned, but do they come in colors? I like colors and don’t think I’m the only person wondering why, after computers have been with us over 20 years, they haven’t come up with some better color choices.
Oh, one other thing. Is there a PC version of the Macbook Air and I missed it? Some super-slim no-hard-drive PC that slipped under my radar?
Thanks for your help super-smart-Internet folks. I appreciate it, as always!