Netbooks are a category of small, lightweight, legacy-free, and inexpensive laptop computers. Basically, they are a category of smaller notebooks, optimized for low weight and low cost with certain features such as optical drives omitted to reduce cost and weight. Often, netbooks feature smaller screens and keyboards, and offer reduced computing power when compared to a full-sized laptop. Over the course of their evolution, netbooks have ranged in size from below 5" screen (mini netbook) to 12". Some variations of 7" Computer as notebook computers can also be seen. A typical weight of a netbook is within the range of 1 – 1.2 kg.
Speaking of functionalities, netbooks typically have less powerful hardware than larger laptop computers. Some mini netbooks do not even have a conventional hard drive. Such netbooks use solid-state storage devices instead, as these require less power, are faster, lighter, and generally more shock-resistant, but with much less storage capacity. All netbooks on the market today support Wi-Fi wireless networking and many can be used on mobile telephone networks with data capability. Some also include ethernet and/or modem ports, for broadband or dial-up Internet access, respectively. Regarding operating system, netbooks often go with freeware operating system such as Linux or Andriod to save costs. It’s no wonder that Netbook Android sales have been sky rocketing these recent times. Part reason of this success by Netbook Android can be credited to the works taken up by Google to further their domain. Chief among it was the introduction of Google Chrome OS, which is a mini netbook specific Operation System.
The main use of a netbook can perhaps be seen in the education sector. Netbooks are a growing trend in education for several reasons. The need to prepare children for 21st century lifestyles, combined with hundreds of new educational tools that can be found online, and a growing emphasis on student centered learning are three of the biggest contributing factors to the rising use of Netbook technology in schools. Lots of Mini Netbook are given up several countries all over the world to support education. For example, Greece is providing all 13 year old students and their teachers with free kids computer from 2009.
These type of kids computer or netbooks offer several distinct advantages in educational settings. First, their compact size and weight make for an easy fit in student work areas. Similarly, the small sizes make netbooks easier to transport than heavier, larger sized traditional laptops. In addition, prices ranging from $200–$600 dollars mean the affordability of Netbooks can be a relief to school budget makers. Despite the small size and price, these mini netbooks are fully capable of accomplishing most school-related tasks, including word processing, presentations, access to the Internet, multimedia playback, and photo management.
Concluding on, we can say that the mini netbooks are instrumental in shaping our way of life, primarily in education sector. Their small size amounts for the extreme portable advantage that they offer.