Netbooks vs Tablets

Small laptops and netbooks offer many features that the average notebook or tablet doesn’t. Despite the boom of the tablets like the iPad, netbooks possess capabilities which just aren’t available on the Apple or Android tablets. Below we have put together some reasons to still opt for a netbook over a tablet or a larger notebook laptop.

Netbooks offer so much more portability over conventional notebooks. With a screen size of approximately 10 inches, the netbook is more than 5 inches smaller than the average laptop. This makes them lighter and much easier to carry. The portability means that they can be taken with you anywhere.

Many people state that tablets are more portable than a netbook as they are even lighter and easier to carry. While this is true, many people now carry various accessories with their tablets such as external keyboards and speakers. The netbook offers all of these in one device.

When comparing with a tablet pc, netbooks provide you with the ability to type documents and carry out word processing tasks quickly and effectively. Tablets don’t have the luxury of a keyboard and typing on a touchscreen can often be difficult. Spreadsheets and presentations require a PC rather than a touchscreen, perfect for students and netbooksprofessionals alike.

Higher resolution displays
Netbooks are able to reach 1366 x768 resolutions as opoosed to the 1024 x 768 resolution on most tablets.

Superior battery life

The battery life on the majority of netbooks matches or exceeds the life of large netbooks, this is because of their low power consumption. Many netbooks can easily provide a battery life which exceeds 8 hours. The battery life of most tablet PCs are much less than netbooks and with a netbook you can easily carry a spare battery thus providing twice the life.

Full flash support
Apple products don’t offer flash support so you are unable to watch flash video on the iPads. Android tablets do offer this capability however. This is not a problem that netbook owners face as all are compatible with flash video.

One of the main advantages of netbooks over tablets is their superior processor which means that they can perform multiple tasks at the same time and run a number of applications at once. Although tablets are able to run more than one piece of software at a time they often hang when a few applications are running simultaneously

All small laptops come with Ethernet port, multiple USB ports, and even HDMi ports allowing you to easily connect to a television or monitor.

Netbooks can always be beefed up too and memory or hard drive space can be easily increased to improve capacity or performance. With the iPad and Android tablets, expansion capabilities are extremely limited and in most cases can’t be altered.

The biggest advantage that the netbook has over its tablet and notebook competitors is price. With significantly cheaper prices and superior performance over tablets, the netbook only gets beaten by the tablet’s appeal as a fashion accessory. In tougher economic times, the reasons to go for a netbook over a tablet prove that overall the small laptop is a better buy.

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Toshiba NB505

Price: Starting from $245.99
Size: 10.1 inches
Weight: 2.9 pounds
Battery life: Up to 9 hours
Processor speed: Intel Atom Processor N455
Hard drive: 250 GB HDD

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Advanced technology has resulted in the emergence of a new set of computing devices; this set consists of various tablets and slates. However, this does not mean that netbooks have lost their value or importance. In fact they have just gotten better. Toshiba just made its mark with its latest version of netbook; the Toshiba nb505. This laptop can be obtained for as low as $245.99.

The NB505 features various characteristics which make it such an excellent machine. It offers fast performance thanks to its high speed Intel Atom N455 processor. It can hold a large amount of data on its 250 GB hard drive. You will never feel a pinch when carrying it around since its weight is merely 3 pounds. You also get to use various software applications provided by Microsoft via the Genuine Windows 7 Starter Operating System as well as additional free Toshiba software. This netbook offers you more than what you could have previously nb505

The Toshiba NB505 exists in a number of colors, including: turquoise, orange, green, brown, and blue. Its lid poses a rubbery feel which gives it a smooth grip. You will definitely like the dimpled patterns on the back of this netbook and its recessed power button. Its 10.1 inch dimensions allow you to easily carry it around whenever you need it.

Its bottom is equipped with a rubber fitting to avoid any slippage. It might have been a characteristic nature of many netbooks to heat up after you have extensively played a video game or watch a movie. However, extensive use of the Toshiba nb505 has proved it effectively maintains temperatures in the range of between 85 degrees and 90 degrees.

The NB505 has smooth plastic keys that are located close to each other, making typing very easy and comfortable. This netbook provides superb definition thanks to its 10.1 inch LED backlit screen. Its resolution (1024×600 pixels) fits the desired image size on the screen without you doing a lot of scrolling.

The NB505 comes with Ethernet port, USB, power jack, VGA, headphone jacks and microphone jack located from back to front, while the front lip has the SD card slot. It has a fascinating VGA camera that you can use to capture clear video when chatting online.

The NB505 has arguably the best performance in the Toshiba NB series family after the dual core NB305, its 1.66 GHz N455 processor and 1GB RAM gelp it hold its own.

Operating system: Genuine Windows 7 Starter (32-bit)
Processor: Intel Atom Processor N455
Memory: 1GB memory
Screen: 16:9 aspect ratio, 1024 x 600
WLAN: Wi-Fi Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
LAN: 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Graphics: 0MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
Hard drive: 250 GB HDD (5400rpm)
Battery Life: Up to 9 hours
Camera: Webcam and microphone built into LCD bezel
Input/ Output: Standard US keyboard (Black), touch pad pointing device with multi touch control
Battery: Li-Ion (48Wh, 6-cell)
Weight: Starting at 2.9 pounds
Color: Easy Grip finishes in turquoise, orange, green, brown, and blue
Media: Memory card reader
USB PORTS: 3-USB (2.0)
AC Adapter: 30W (19V 1.58A) Auto-sensing, 100-240V/ 50-60Hz

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Acer Aspire One D257

Price: Starting from £225 / $300 onwards
Size: 10.1 inches
Weight: 1.3 KG 3-cells/ 1.2 KG for 6-cells
Battery Life: 4 hours of battery life with 3 cells or 8 hours of battery life with 6 cells
Processor Speed: Intel Atom N570 dual core, N550, N455, N475
Hard Drive: 250 / 320 / 500 GB
RAM: 1 GB DDR3 upgradeable to 2GB DDR3

View The Acer Aspire One D257 10.1 inch Netbook (Intel Atom N570 Dual-Core Processor, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 8 Hours Battery Life, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Starter & Android) – White


The Acer Aspire One D257 is an excellent small laptop that brings you pure class by availing the most outstanding performance, convenient connectivity and sensational style close to you all the time.

The device has a glittering cover that composes of a texture wave design giving it a smooth touch and an elegant appearance. The netbook can be purchased in a variety of colours – burgundy, black, white or aquamarine. Its design incorporates a multi-gesture touch pad that allows you to either rotate, pinch or scroll with two fingers for a comfortable navigation.

The Intel Atom processor speed delivers a faster access of multitasking activities such as watching videos, chatting, internet browsing, email, and so on. We would recommend trying the dual core version with the N570 processor if you expect to carry out work on this netbook as it is perfect for multitasking. In addition, all versions of this netbook can handle several applications simultaneously without limiting the performance of the PC. On the other hand, its long lasting energy saving battery provides power for a convenient duration. The 10.1 inch LCD display is excellent for watching movies and enables power saving capabilities in comparison to other netbooks.

The D257 also comes with built in webcam, high definition speakers and has capacity for a number of additional storage media.

Its portability characteristic is amazing. It is less than an inch thick and 1.3 KG 3-cells/ 1.2 KG for 6-cells, makes it small enough to carry around effortlessly. On the other hand, you can easily carry out typing due to the enlarged keys on its keyboard. You do not need to worry about battery life, since both the 3-cells and 6-cells battery models offers you ample battery duration.

This model also has outstanding connectivity. You can always connect with your home network via Wi-Fi or fast Ethernet connections. In addition, you can always manage your chats and sharing of documents among other things with the Acer video conference manager. It incorporates Bluetooth 3.0+HS that allows you to transfer data easily.

With the Aspire One D257 you are certain that basic internet usage and normal operations are guaranteed. Once you buy, you can be online in a matter of minutes. The PC has upheld a high reputation due to its amazing features that have been liked by many. Whenever you need a friend to operate with, I suggest that you settle for Aspire one d257.


Operating system: genuine Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
Display: 10.1-inch SD 1024 x 600 (WSVGA)
Processor: Intel Atom N570 or N550/ N475
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
WLAN: Acer InviLink
LAN: Fast Ethernet
Memory: 1GB DDR3 (W7 Starter) or 2GB DDR3 for the rest
Storage: 2.5-inch (9.5mm) 250/320/500 GB
Speaker: Two built-in stereo speakers
Microphone: Built-in microphone
Card Reader: Multi-in-1 card reader
Input / Output: 84-/85-/88-key full-size Acer Tip keyboard
Battery Pack: 24W 4400 mAh 3-cell Li-ion and 48W 4400 mAh 6-cell Li-ion
Dimensions: 256.5 (W) x 184 (D) x 24 (H) mm (10.17 x 7.28x 1.01 inches)
Weight: 1.30 kg with 6-cell battery pack and 1.20 kg with 3-cell battery pack
Color: Dark chocolate, seashell white, aquamarine

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HP Mini 210


Price: Approximately £250
Size: 10.1 inches
Weight: 1.34 kg
Battery Life: Over 8 hours
Processor Speed: Intel Atom N455 1.66 GHz
Hard Drive: 250 GB


HP have opted to give their netbooks a facelift and have now re-entered the market with the HP Mini 210. The immediate appeal is the excellent colours HP have provided, with colours on the bottom side as well as the lid. This helps to give the laptop a great finish and makes it very appealing looks wise.

The laptop is sturdy as well, the screen and keyboard are protected well by the outer shell. The other excellent feature is that upgrading components in this small laptop is very easy. A panel at the back of the netbook can be removed and memory and hard drive upgrades become extremely simple. We found this to be a very good feature as most other machines require the removal of many screws. This can be done witgh only the use of your hand.

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The screen in the HP Mini 210 is of good quality and the picture is of a decent standard. Some versions offer a 1366 x 768 display capabilities on the glossy 10.1 inch screen, this allows windows to be displayed properly and avoids excessive scrolling.

The speakers on the HP Mini 210 are of a very average quality, many other netbooks on the market provide better sound levels.

This small laptop has a 93% Chiclet keyboard. The first thing you realise is how easy it is to type with little feeling of being cramped. This makes the netbook feel like a normal laptop. The machine also comes with 3 USB 2.0 ports, audio, Ethernet as well as a SDHC card slot and webcam. The HP is slightly lacking when it comes to connectivity with only 802.11bg wireless.

A unique feature about the HP Mini 210 is the absence of any buttons on the touchpad. Instead the manufacturers have opted for a touchpad. Unfortunately we found that using the touchpad can cause problems with unwanted scrolling and pointer movement.

The battery life on this laptop is a definite plus, with over 8 hours of battery life available.

Overall the HP Mini 210 is a good competitor in the market, aesthetically pleasing, this netbook has helped to bring HP back into the fold.  


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Starter (32 bit)
  • Display: 10.1-inch LED Anti-Glare Widescreen WSVGA display (1024 x 600)
  • Processor: Intel Atom N455 1.66 GHz
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 3150
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g
  • LAN: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2
  • Storage: 250G 7200RPM hard drive
  • Camera: HP Mini Webcam
  • Speaker: Built-in Stereo speakers
  • Card Reader: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
  • Input / Output:1 x RJ-45, 1 x Audio jack-in, 1 x VGA, 3 x USB 2.0 ports,
  • Battery Pack: 3 Cell Li-ion battery
  • Dimensions: 10.55 x 6.9 x 0.9 – 1.11 inches
  • Weight: 1.34 kg
  • Color: Black, Blue, Red & Silver and others


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