What to buy... netbook or laptop?

Philippines
November 21, 2011 9:37pm CST
I need to buy a replacement to my laptop. I am currently using Acer Aspire. However, I am thinking of replacing this with a netbook so it will be lighter. My budget is around $300. If I buy abroad, I guess the fee for the tax would be great. I may buy a second hand or just buy a netbook here in our country. What do you think? Should I still buy a laptop or should I try a netbook?
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11 responses
@umabharti (3978)
• India
22 Nov 11
they look similar right,what is the difference in a laptop and a netbook.What features does make them look similar and what are those which make them different from each other.
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
A netbook is a lot smaller and lighter. It doesn't have a DVD reader/writer unlike laptop. And usually, a netbook's features are lesser than a laptop. Laptops are more powerful compared to netbooks. Most of the time, the cost of netbooks are almost half of what a laptop would cost you.
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@umabharti (3978)
• India
11 Dec 11
So when we compare a Tablet with a netbook and a laptop ,can we say that tablet is best option. For those who do not have a personal computer can have a laptop ,so that there is dvd writer and more options. For college students may be the net book will be sufficient and even a tablet. An iphone can also do the job of all these three.Its once requirements and the spending ability which decides which one does suits.
• Philippines
12 Dec 11
Hi umabharti. You are right. Actually, we may even use an iphone for our needs. The key is knowing the features and maximizing its use. We tend to buy gadgets but we don't fully utilize its full potential.
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@enelym001 (8334)
• Philippines
23 Nov 11
It would be best if you buy a netbook as a secondary one. Netbook is handy and is best to use outside as it is really handy but at home I still feel comfortable using a laptop that has a wider screen than a netbook. Buying abroad and having someone bring it for you without the box won't have a tax anymore especially if he's a returning worker. I don't think it is wise to buy a second hand one as you will just lose money on that usually second hand ones won't last long.
• Philippines
6 Dec 11
Hi enelym001. I did exactly what you've told me. I asked one of my friends to find me a laptop at Singapore. One that is new and would fit my budget. I'll just tell him not to bring the box. Thanks for sharing your experience. It indeed helped me with my need. Have a nice day.
@enelym001 (8334)
• Philippines
6 Dec 11
You're welcome snowhy I am sure you can save more than buying here
• Philippines
22 Nov 11
I'm using asus netbook. It's very handy and I like it so much because of the light weight. But if you consider to buy a new laptop or netbook then it will always depend on the workload that you have everyday. If you have online job then it would be better to use a laptop because of the speed, memory and battery life. If you just use one for facebooking or just use it for streaming then a netbook will do. Just be careful on the battery life of netbooks. They usually last just for 4-5 hours though the product will tell it will last for 8 hours.
22 Nov 11
Id agree here. Netbooks are great for something to grab on the go, but if you want to do any long computing (such as a day of work) you are going to be better served by a notebook's battery life and computing power. If its just something you want for light use, a netbook is certainly a great option for your budget.
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
Thanks meeksilent and AlexAlejan. Those are good advise. I have now decided to purchase a laptop instead of a netbook. I intend to do lots of works online. I just hope to find an affordable one though. Have a nice day!
• India
5 Dec 11
It does'nt matter whether you buy a laptop or netbook but I advice you that not to buy seconand things. I had bought an seconand mobile, it costs less so I buyed it. When I uses it for more than a month I had got a lot of complaints in it. So never ever buy a seconand thing .
• Philippines
6 Dec 11
Hi thewonderboy. I guess that is so similar with all 2nd hand purchases. Just like with a car, you cannot expect that you'll not have problem with a 2nd hand car. Thanks for sharing your experience. I will keep that in mind. I'll just have to research more on how to get the best buy. Have a nice day!
• United States
23 Nov 11
I guess because of your budget try a netbook, but that also depends on the kinds of things that you want to do with it. A laptop would be alot better for a heavy workload on a day to day basis. Netbooks are great for travel. Id look at the blackfriday sales. But get there early And buying second hand is always a horrible way to go when you are buying electronics. You dont know what kind of stuff they had put on the computer in the past. Just not a good idea.
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
Thanks be to God I have resolved my budget concern. A friend offered his credit card so I can purchase a laptop using it at 0% interest. I would just have to pay him in 2 months time. Thanks for the input.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
22 Nov 11
It depends, if you'll walk around all the time with it and use it like in trains, bus then netbook, it's small and easy to care, specially if you actually work with it. But the netbooks is really small, if you are going to read in it you might have a headache so you have to think if it's worthed. Now to have at the house only, just to carry from the living to your room...a laptop is always better, you can even watch movies there.
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
Hi katie0. Thanks for the input. Yes, I have decided to buy a laptop instead. This would at least help me have a better view of my blog and it is easier to work long hours on a laptop than a net book. Good thing... I received a gift from friends. They gave me a tablet instead for ease in traveling. It weights lesser and it has the features I needed like reading e-books and it has an office suite. I can use word and excel with it. Thanks for your comment.
• Canada
22 Nov 11
Yes, netbook might be lighter but it very slows. I would definately get a laptop!
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
I realized that too. This forum helped me decide on what actually I need to buy.
@mssnow (9491)
• United States
22 Nov 11
I had that same problem of deciding which one I wanted. On the one hand a net book is small and can be carried in a back back. But it doesnt do everything I needed it to do. So I bought a laptop. I can still carry it in my back pack although it is a bit heavier. Maybe some day ill get a net book but for now am happy with my lap top
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
Hi there. That was my considerations as well. It was a good thing that I received a Joypad 81 as a gift. I now can use it if I want to bring lighter gadgets for typing or even surfing the web. But if I would need to bring my laptop for presentations or for other tasks that I cannot do on my tablet, I just remove my battery to lessen the weight that I need to carry. Have a nice day.
• Philippines
22 Nov 11
I have both and I can say that the two have their very own advantages and disadvantages but I assure you that they are all substantial machines that could help you in just about anything (though it won't make you a meal nor do your laundry and dishes). If you're the type that is just working with your computer most of the time at home, then I suggest you go and buy a laptop. It works better, and speaking of performance, it manages your needed tasks a lot faster because of its microprocessor. If you're the on-the-go type that needs to bring your computer with you anywhere you go, then the netbook is noteworthy of your company. Though it has its limitations, like the smaller screen and keyboard, lack of optical drive, lesser memory space I believe and some (the cheaper ones) don't have the CD drive you need for some installation purposes or just the regular DVD watching, netbooks are still twice or thrice lighter than laptops so it's very easy to bring and yes, lesser weight of baggage, lesser burden.
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
Hi gagagaohlala. I have decided to buy a laptop because I intend to use it and do lots of writing. I would be working from home and I expect that tons of jobs would come when I started focusing on my writing job. Thanks for your inputs. It indeed helped me decide on what to actually buy.
• India
22 Nov 11
well my freind if you want to use your computer system frequently then try laptop it is because laptop`s screen is wide and second it has more key and easy typing structure for daily user if you are going to use your system not frequently than you can have netbook
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
Thanks princelove141. I have decided to purchase a laptop. I am thinking of buying a second hand before but now I would buy a new one so that it will not give me problems in the future.
@jtj_hello (627)
• Philippines
22 Nov 11
I think buying a second hand is not a wise decision. Try to check online becasue there are stores or individual that offecrs brandnew net book that would fit in your budget. Aside form the fact that you are assured for the next 1 year for a brand new laptop, you have a peace of mind since you know you are the first to used it.
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
Hi jtj_hello. Thanks for the advise. My friends also gave me the same advise. I would then be buying a new one but I'll just look for a more affordable one. Thanks.