Netbook vs. Laptop by wuyunyi


									Tech Talk With Jeromy Patriquin

Netbook vs. Laptop
Susan from Westminster asked me this week's first question. She asks, "What is the difference
between a netbook and a laptop?” Netbooks and laptops are both portable computers and serve similar
functions. However, each has benefits over the other. Your intended use of the machine dictates which
you should buy.
          The term netbook is used to classify a type of laptop which is smaller and more portable than
full size laptops. Originally, netbooks were designed as portable internet appliances: only to be used for
the internet. Netbooks are currently manufactured on standard PC platforms, have large hard drives
and reasonable memory and can perform 99% of laptop functions for under $300.00. To reduce cost
and maintain size the netbook manufacturers reduce keyboard size, screen size and do not include
optical drives.
          Laptops on the other hand are designed to be desktop replacements. Modern laptops are
technologically competitive to their desktop brethren and can perform most of the same functions.
Most manufacturers are including DVD burners, full sized keyboards, and large screens which make
them extremely easy to use. Interestingly enough, laptop prices are slightly more than netbook prices
and increase according to options.
          Making the correct choice can be tough. I suggest visiting the computer aisle of a large specialty
retail store and comparing each side-by-side. Your choice is a personal one and only you can decide
which style you prefer.

Brandon e-mailed our second question. Brandon asks, "What is the best way to store files so everyone
at the house can use them?” Brandon, there are three time-tested methods of sharing data. Each has
its benefits and all will serve the same basic function.
         Sharing a folder on a desktop computer attached to the network is probably the most common
way of sharing data. This is pretty simple to do and is probably the lowest cost of all three options. One
of the biggest downsides to this method is the host machine (the machine with the files on it) must be
powered on all the time and may slow down with increased demand.
         Network attached storage (NAS) is a fancy term for a dedicated computer who’s only job is to
store data. The computer serves no other function than to connect to your home network and hold
files. NAS systems are relatively inexpensive to purchase and can be added to most home networks with
relative ease.
         My favorite way of sharing files is to implement a Windows Home Server. This is the priciest of
the three options, but home servers do a lot more than store files. Windows Home Servers also allow
fully automated backups of both Windows and Mac machines which can take some of the headaches
out of normal maintenance.
Tip of the week: As cooler weather creeps in your pets will start collecting around the computer.
They’re not trying to send e-mails when you’re not around - they are trying to stay warm. This is not
only a small danger to your pet, but it can also be dangerous for your computer. Pet hair can clog fans
and air passages which allow your computer to breathe naturally. Everyone should take a few minutes
and pet proof your computer.
         (Jeromy Patriquin is the President of Laptop & Computer Repair, Inc. located at 509 Main St. in
Gardner. You can e-mail him at

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