Netbooks – trends and truths

Netbooks are a class of notebooks, or laptops, that are specifically designed to access the internet and other wireless communication but unlike their counterparts, they are not designed for resource-intensive applications or complex programs. Because of this netbooks have far less features and are typically 5 to 10 inches (in display size) and weight about 2 to 3 pounds. They started out with only about 512 RAM and 80GB max hard drive space, although this is changing rapidly. While the netbook’s history can be linked back to the “One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and was meant to put a laptop in the hand of all children across the globe, even in impoverished areas, the netbook has become a huge trend in Western Civilization. Today you can find “netbooks” with practically the same specs as a laptop – display size is inching up to 10 to 13 inches as standard with 1 GB RAM and 120 GB hard drive and up with many other features laptops carry. The only thing different is the retail-price strategy which is keeping the cost down to about $250-$350. Basically Manufacturers are using this new netbook fad as a way to lower the cost of laptops and get them into the hands of more consumers. Don’t get me wrong, there are several true netbooks out there purely designed for wireless communication and accessing the internet without the weight and energy consumption – you’ll just have to do your homework to find them. And believe me, I do find them pretty fascinating myself. You can check out the new Acer Aspire One AOD150 which further cements Acer’s lead in the netbook department.

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The All-New MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

With the relentless march of technology, laptops have become ubiquitous in today’s world. While it might seem that every computer company under the sun offers a laptop computing solution, one particular offering stands head and shoulders above the rest. The new MacBook Pro offers powerful computing, dramatic enhancements and a slim look that you won’t find elsewhere on the market.

What’s different about the new MacBook Pro? First, it offers a slim, yet functional design that can’t be beat. At a mere inch in thickness when closed, the MacBook Pro is one of the slimmest notebook computers available.That slimness does not translate into a loss of capabilities, though.

Monitor size is available from 15 inches all the way through 17 inches and offers high definition resolution for better graphics viewing. One of the most popular innovations in the MacBook Pro is the amazing touch pad.This option offers iPhone-like capabilities, including slide, pinch and flip capabilities that you’ll not find in any other touch pad on the market today.

With the addition of Intel Core 2 Duo processors that run at up to 2.6 GHz, the new MacBook Pro provides much more processing capability than previously. An onboard L2 6 MB cache provides additional processing capacity and faster speeds, as well.

The MacBook Pro provides 3 USB ports, a FireWire 400 and a FireWire 800 port, as well as audio in and out ports, a DVI port and an ExpressCard port.

If you’re concerned about wireless connectivity (and what laptop owner isn’t?), the MacBook Pro provides built in 802.11n technology.This is the newest technology on the market and offers backward compatibility to work with older wireless services if necessary.Wireless backup (through Time Machine) and wireless printing capabilities (AirPort or Time Capsule) fill out the massive capabilities of this unique machine.

If you’re looking for a notebook computer that can grow with you, this is it. There’s plenty of room inside for new additions, though the larger hard drive will keep that eventuality at bay for some time to come.