Monday, June 08, 2009

Should You Use A Netbook??

A netbook is a wonderful device for what it is.

The first question I would ask is, "What do you plan to do with it?" If it is to be used for the purposes that fit its design -- browsing and remote applications -- it should be fine. If, however, you anticipate actually running, say, MS Office or any other productivity-type application, you will be disappointed with the performance.

A related problem .... many security folks are concerned that, when faced with that disappointing performance, users will begin to shut off background applications. Translation .... they will shut off their firewall, antivirus and anti-spyware apps in order to increase performance.

The result will be a new wide-open vector into company data. If you think that your planned activity will involve running applications locally at all, I would suggest you consider a lightweight laptop, maybe a Vaio or a MacBook Air. If the applications are all "cloud"-based or remotely accessed, you should be fine.

Always remember that a netbook is different than a notebook or laptop. It's built for web browsing, emailing, and word processing. You can also remote in to the office and use applications remotely. They are small, lightweight, and have a low processing power. They generally cost much less than a normal laptop as well at $50 - $350. They come with a small screen, small keyboard, and a wireless connection. Also, be careful, as some of them have ubuntu or linux pre-installed and not Microsoft Windows.

Now the above is just the basics. Before making any decision for yourself ... shop around. Why? All netbooks are not made equal.

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