Understanding Netbooks: How They Differ From Notebooks And Why You Might Need One

A netbook is a an "ultra-portable" computer that is restricted in size, weight, and performance to make it as easy to carry around as possible. It is basically a laptop that has shed its excess baggage (such as a DVD drive) and keeps its peripherals to a minimum, allowing you to perform basic computing tasks, such as browsing the web, checking email, or working on office documents. In doing so, it trades performance for extended battery life. Having said that, some high-end netbooks (such as those using NVIDIA's ION graphics chipset) can still play HD (High-Definition) video, sacrificing some battery life in the process.