Unlike their cousin, the Laptop or Notebook computers, a Netbook is intended primarily for the use of individuals who want to access the internet with a highly mobile, small and compact computer. For the most part, the Netbook is a great investment for this particular consumer segment. The biggest misconception is that the Netbook can significantly replace an individual's Laptop or Notebook computer. This simply is not true. A Netbook has several wonderful attributes such as compact-ability, mobility, and the ability to connect to the internet via mobile phone wireless ability through top name mobile phone carriers such as Verizon Wireless or AT&T; this is where some consumers get a bit confused and often get trapped in paying outrageous phone bills for their monthly service for which they assume is just another perk of the program. Another great attribute of the Netbooks is their ability to plug into projectors for business proposals and to display online web-pages during meetings. This is also a great benefit for students as they can easily transport a portable computer to class to transcribe notes directly into a word program, (which most netbooks come from the factory with basic Microsoft Word programs already installed.) The small screen of a Netbook can be both a positive and a negative. The positive traits are the fact you can concentrate on one simple task instead of having multiple pop-ups distracting you. The smaller screen also allows you to carry the computer in most hand bags. They fit nicely in most ladies' purses. The price of a Netbook can also be an affordable attribute as most of them are sold for less than $300.00 at most retail stores. The drawbacks to Netbooks are often the size of storage and the ability to host multiple programs on these computers. Programs such as Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator and other creative programs often take up a bunch of space, and with most Netbooks holding less than 4 GB of storage, this will usually consume more than 50% of the storage space simply loading the software into the computer. Other drawbacks are the inability to use hardware such as DVD-drives, or multiple USB ports. In total, a Netbook can be a very good investment for the student or businessperson who is constantly on the move and need to have instant access to the internet, but with the benefits of most laptop computers. A Notebook is a larger and usually more loaded version of a Netbook. So, based on your individual needs, a Notebook with mobile connectivity might be the choice for you. The cautious advice for those who purchase a Netbook is to be sure to clarify with your retailer what additional monthly fees are required to access all the features. Once you have a good idea of what the total cost of this computer is, you'll be able to determine if a Netbook meets your needs.