Are netbooks a thing of the past?
I want to buy my 18yo a netbook, I know ipad might be the better choice, but cost is the issue. Any thoughts or suggestions?
It seems like the original idea for netbooks of a small, underpowered, cheap notebook kind of fizzled out. Now the idea are these ultrabooks which are small and reasonably powerful, but expensive, leaving the bargain shopper to nab one of the $399 15-inch laptops.
I think your 18 year old might still be in the gaming phase and would therefore be disappointed by the netbook's underwhelming gaming capabilities (my netbook had problem with flash games). If you're able to swing it, an entry level i3 laptop for ~$400-500 might be a better go.read more collapse
Hmm sounds like a great gift idea, but then again it all depends on the person I guess. I bought a netbook for college and absolutely loved it. Battery life was great, it was extremely portable -- and I took it to all my classes typed up notes on it, etc. It's a great little thing for web browsing, emailing, and typing up notes.
However, I must confess that I have not used my netbook as much lately. I'm currently out of school and when at home I just use my laptop.
The netbook is my logical choice for taking it to class b/c of the portability. Yet, its Atom processor makes it slow -- another reason why I use my laptop at home. Finally, the lack of dvd/cd limited me to only watching online movies (though same goes for tablets).
My guess is that if he is off to college a netbook would come very handy on-the-go -- specially if he has a desktop. A tablet would be a good idea too, but as you mentioned it can be a bit pricey.
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I was able to get an HP Touchpad during the fire-sale and you might be able to find some available for cheap but not quite the $99 price tag.
My best recommendation would be to look at the new Kindle Fire from Amazon. It's $199 -- very affordable compared to other products. It's technically a Kindle and a Tablet. It runs off an Amazon-customized version of Android and has browsing, web apps, video, Netflix/Pandora/Hulu Plus support, etc. It's hardware is impressive too, specially for the price.
I think this would also be a great gift if he likes to read or is going off to college as he can digitally download and (I think) rent textbooks.
There are other cheap tablets out there but you'll realize the Kindle Fire has the best overall reviews and specifications.
Hopefully my two long answers have helped you out a bit.read more collapse
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