Traditional laptops or laptops netbooks?

A traditional laptop and laptop netbooks are two different types of machine completely. Netbooks are especially useful for students or anyone who needs a small portable computer for office work, whereas a traditional laptop is considered an alternative to desktop PCs and ideal for gaming or using multi applications at once. To help you decide between a traditional laptop or laptop netbooks, we've complied a list of the pros and cons:


Netbook (Pro): Netbooks are smaller and normally cheaper than traditional laptops because they don't have any extra memory, expensive graphic cards or as many components as larger models.

Laptop (Con): The price really depends on the manufacturer but the newest models are generally more expensive than a netbook alternative because they're designed as "heavy duty" laptops with powerful processing power, rather than the "light weight portable office" offered from netbook models.


Laptop (Pro): Even cheaper laptops will probably have a better processor than a netbook because of their purpose. If a powerful processor is important, opt for a normal laptop, not a netbook.

Netbook (Con): A computer's processor is the most expensive component. To keep costs low and because a netbook isn't used to run memory extensive applications, the processor for a netbook never performs as well as a normal laptop.

Keyboard and Screen Size

Laptop (Pro): Laptops have larger keyboards and screens because they're bigger in size, which makes them easier to type on and easier to work with large applications at once, such as playing games or using graphic design software (the resolution for laptops may also be better than a netbook).

Netbook (Con): Netbooks are more compact than a laptop and will come with a smaller keyboard and screen. Keyboards can be particularly difficult to type on effectively in some models.


Netbook (Pro): Netbooks are designed to be small and light for easy transportation. If you need a laptop to carry with you with a good battery life, opt for a netbook.

Laptop (Con): Traditional laptops have powerful processors and larger batteries to run all these components so, coupled with the large screen and keyboard, they're generally not very light and can be quite bulky.

Hard Drive

Netbook (Pro): A netbook uses an SSD drive to reduce size; it may not hold as much data as a laptop but files can be accessed a lot quicker.

Laptop (Con): Most laptops use a 5400 RPM drive (especially cheaper laptops) which makes opening programs or files slower, particularly as the drive becomes clogged with data.

Operating System

Laptop (Pro): Laptops are capable of running any kind of operating system because components aren't compromised for weight or price.

Netbook (Con): A netbook is stripped of non-essential components to keep down costs and weight; you'll find most netbooks don't have the latest version of Windows, or you can't install another OS, because a netbook lacks key components to support different systems.

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