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Why I Want a Netbook

Posted in Technology by Taylor Dobbs on 05/30/2009

Well most of us would be kidding ourselves if we said we wouldn’t love to have one of those sleek little netbooks that are smaller than most of my college textbooks, but I like to think I have logical justification for wanting one. Much of my reasoning is obvious and common, but it’s common because it’s good!

So, why do I want one of these $400 little wonders?

  1. It’s cheap. Obviously, this in itself is a benefit, but by being cheap, it also becomes more versatile. After a scary encounter with Dr. Pepper last semester in a dining hall, my MacBook is in need of a $700 screen repair. That’s just the screen! Needless to say, I am much more careful about where I bring my macbook now. With a netbook, though, the risk is much lower in bringing it into risky situations. Sure, you don’t want to bring it into a bar on New Year’s Eve, but $400 is all you have to lose.
  2. It’s light. Instead of having to lug around my 5 pound MacBook, I can throw this 3 (or less) pound, smaller computer into my bag and be on my way.
  3. It’s small. With a few exceptions, smaller is better in the electronics world. Not only would a netbook take up less bag space, it would be easier to use while sitting across from someone at a table because it wouldn’t put a barrier in between us.
  4. When I’m on the go, it’s all I need. Yes, I have a $1,500, 2.4 GHz, 13-inch screen, 2 GB RAM, 200 GB HD Mac. I can run Photoshop, watch movies, write research papers, and store all my music on it. These activities would press a netbook fairly hard, but it’s not often that I need to do any of that stuff when I’m not in my room. On the go, usually I want to check e-mail, social media, and sometimes news. I don’t need most of the things that make my MacBook what it is. Why not carry around a streamlined, small, functional mini-laptop?

Good question.

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