What is a netbook for? What is it capable of?

@annamol (275)
United States
July 18, 2010 5:27pm CST
I'm deciding on a good affordable laptop for my mother. A netbook looks very good and perfect. But I don't know much about it. Tell me, please, what is a netbook capable of? My mother wants internet, email, youtube, to listen to music, to watch movies, to store pictures and files. Is a netbook good for this?
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@Memnon (2173)
18 Jul 10
It's also worth remembering that most netbooks do not have a CD/ DVD drive, so you may have problems loading software if you need to. As they are smaller, the keyboard is smaller, which means that it is easier to mistype.
@annamol (275)
• United States
19 Jul 10
CD/DVD drive is important. And I agree, if netbooks are smaller - it means it will be harder to print and to read.
@Memnon (2173)
19 Jul 10
You could get an external DVD drive for around £50 if you really felt it was needed.
@annamol (275)
• United States
20 Jul 10
Okay, thank you.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
18 Jul 10
From what I know from my daughter's BF (who's a PC expert) netbooks are slower than laptops - less powerful. I was advised to get one so I can take my work out with me (I'm a writer) but if I wanted a fully working PC with music, video amd graphics capability, I'd go for a laptop. But that's just me. Netbooks can be a bit hard on the eyes, too, as the screen is smaller. You might need to consider this for your mum.
@annamol (275)
• United States
19 Jul 10
Thank you. I have laptop myself, like it. If netbook can be hard on the eyes, that means we should think twice.
@ffollari (81)
• United States
18 Jul 10
A net book is basically a smaller laptop. it normally goes slower then a full laptop but they have good battery life and are good fro people who are on the run a lot. they are much cheaper then full laptops and normally have about 1 gb ram (computer speed) compared to 2-3 ram with laptops in short if you aren't going to be gaming then a net book is perfect. its cheap and can hold its own. i recommend Acer they have nice net books hope i helped and good luck.
@annamol (275)
• United States
19 Jul 10
Yes, you did help me. My mother is not going to play games on it. It's just for internet and some personal files. And if a netbook is cheaper than a laptop - it means it's the best and first choice. Acer netbook - I write it down. Thanks!