Small laptop computers, sometimes known as netbooks, mini notebooks or ultraportables, are a quickly evolving category of small, lightweight and inexpensive laptop computers. They are well suited for general computing and for accessing web based applications. When these small laptop computers first came out on the market in late 2007, they omitted key features, they had very small screens and keyboards and they offered reduced specification and computing power. But over the last few years, they have come a long way and they are now considered very much like a regular computer and they are able to perform almost everything you can do on larger computers.
Small laptop computers are great for professionals; especially those that travel a lot. It is really nice to have access to a small laptop that will sit on top of an airplane tray; no need to worry about a bulky regular laptop that often does not fit comfortably in such a small space. It is nice, too, not to have to have to worry about lugging the carrying case onboard that regular computers are stored in. They also work well for students as they can easily carry them in their backpacks or purses and always have them on hand whether they are in a friend’s dorm room, the library or a coffee shop off campus. They come in bright colors and are considered a great accessory by many. You would probably need about four hours of battery life so be certain to check into that before making a purchase. Screen size of these small laptop computers range from 7 inches to 10 inches. Some offer a large sized keyboard, which is a nice feature especially if you have larger hands as it makes it much easier to type on them. Consumer requests actually are what made the manufacturers consider larger screens and larger keyboards.
There are many reasons why so many people prefer these small laptop computers. Among the reasons are because they are so portable, they are considerably less expensive than larger computers, they use less power and require less cooling while still providing great performance, they are very user friendly, they are environmentally friendly, they are quiet and they can be very stylish as they come in bright colors just like some cell phones. Small laptops are actually being compared to cell phones as you have the same chatting capabilities and you also have an added feature – and that is video capabilities. It is no wonder that these laptops are gaining in popularity.
A few important questions to ask yourself before you make your purchase are: what screen size and keyboard size will you need, how much memory will you need and how much are you willing to pay? After you answer these questions, it would be wise to do an online comparison of a few different small laptop computers (like the Asus Eee PC 904HA, the HP Mini AKA 2113, the Acer Aspire One and the Dell Inspiron Mini 9). You will then be ready to enjoy all the benefits of your new small laptop computer.