How to Pick and Shop for The Best Netbook

by Jay Bika on November 19, 2008 · 6 comments

in Netbook Buying Guide

Shopping for netbooks is a relatively painless task if you follow all the steps to the letter. While some people may want to make it all complex, it needn’t be. There are a couple of ways to figure out what is the best netbook for your situation. This is the first step to undertake before figuring out what netbook brands and models to choose and from which retailers.

The first question that you should ask yourself in order to get the best notebook is why you need a mini-notebook in the first place.

Do you need to browse the Internet and check your email during your daily long commute between work (or school) and home (I know of people who take an hour and a half to get to work by train and need a way to kill time)? Do you simply need a new computer? Are you opting for netbooks because they’re the cheapest types of notebooks? Are you buying it as a gift for your teenage daughter or son who needs to be as cool as the other kids?

I could go on about the questions to ask yourself to determine the best netbook notebook but hopefully you get the point. If you’re know what you want and why you want it, selecting the right brand and model will be a piece of cake.

For instance, if money is no issue and in your world image is everything, you could go all out and get the Apple MacBook Air. On the other hand, if you just need a computer for the cottage to check emails, browse the web and edit documents on an infrequent basis, then you can go for the cheapest netbook on the market. For example, at the time of this writing, the cheapest netbook at Amazon.com is the Asus Eee PC 4G that goes for US$ 256.

 

At $256 is that a steal or what (assuming you're rather comfy with Linux!)?

Most people that I speak to who are looking at buying the best netbook usually tell me that they want to check email, surf the net, work on documents, transfer some music to and from their iPods via iTunes and watch the odd Grey’s Anatomy “acquired” from various download means.

That’s the average computer user and you probably are one of them.

Now it’s really all about your budget and how much you’re willing to dish out to buy a netbook notebook. My advice is to settle with the best selling brands and models. That’s because the pricing is better but also the more people use a given netbook, the more accessories there will be for it on the market and the more help you are going to find should something go wrong.

You can imagine that if you buy a netbook that’s only owned by a hundred people on earth, you will be in a predicament should you need some help as opposed to the person who purchased a netbook that has be sold to millions.

The reliable brands of netbooks that you should first look into are: Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP, MSI, Samsung and of course Apple. From there, you can choose the models that you fancy the most or that you can afford.

If money is really an issue and you’re a budget, there are still many ways to buy the best netbook for really cheap. I will write about that in future articles but for now, know that you could even get the MacBook Air, a ridiculously high priced notebook in my opinion, for a really low price if you follow the tips that I will share with you in the future.

For now though, figure out what is that you need and what you want and you will have accomplished the first step in getting the best netbook computer for you. The next step is to figure out the brands and models of the various notebooks.

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