The Netbook: The Perfect Little Package

dell_mini_9_tristaneaton_muse_orange-560x420 Although I love my Dell laptop and have customized everything about it down to the upgrade on sound — it is quite bulky. Carrying it around with me is such a pain. The thought of getting a Macbook Air and turning my back on the PC  has entered my mind, but after a few minutes of daydreaming, I had to face the fact that I have inadequate funds to buy a Mac laptop (Microsoft's commercials on how PCs are cheaper than Apple's Macs are quite true). Luckily, this is where a netbook comes in and saves the day: most netbooks are under three pounds and only around $400.

Of course a netbook — primarily meant for e-mailing and web browsing — isn’t meant to replace your laptop, but it is a great tool to have when you want a more portable option for browsing the internet, taking notes during class, or studying in the library — perfect for college students.

With so many free Wi-Fi hot spots in major cities, this is definitely your next must-have electronic purchase. Don’t worry about not having enough memory because you can use Google Docs or an external hard drive for space. If you're hesitant about not being able to have 3,000 songs in your iTunes library on your netbook, you can just check out Pandora or Imeem. In this day and age, with practically everything you need, the internet will provide.

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I can recount so many moments when I desperately wished I had a netbook at hand.  All those times commuting on the train or lounging in the park or coffee shop, I wished I could browse the internet and WordPad to get some work done. Yes, I understand that a smartphone would also work, but typing long emails and searching through the internet on a tiny screen gets extremely annoying after a short while. Not too big and not too small, the netbook is perfect when you're on the go.

Here are my picks for top netbook brands: Dell, Sony, HP, Samsung

Photo (top) of Dell InspironTM Mini with design by artist Tristan Eaton; photo (bottom) of HP Mini 1140NR Vivienne Tam Edition