Microsoft® Office 2010 Netbook
The netbook is a fairly new addition to computing product lines. It is positioned somewhere in between a standard laptop and the significantly portable PDA. A netbook would allow you to do most of what you are able to do on a laptop but is considerably cheaper, lighter, and smaller than a laptop. Basic office tasks are no problem for most netbooks but there are aspects that you need to consider before you go ahead and buy one.
Here’s a list of what you should look into when buying a netbook:
- Type of processor installed
- Screen size and resolution
- Keyboard size
- Battery life
Type of processor installed
The processor is the heart of any computer and it is essential that you have enough processing power to handle your basic tasks. Even if you do intend to use the office applications on your netbook, keep in mind that you would also need a few programs running in the background at all times. You may have a mail client, an instant messaging client, and probably a browser. Your netbook should be able to handle all these while still providing real time response to your actions. In this aspect, most Intel Atom processors would do.
Screen size and resolution
Screen sizes of netbooks can range from 7 inches to 13 inches. Obviously, bigger screens would result in a wider netbook, which may no longer be as portable as one with a smaller screen. People with bad eyesight should not go for the smaller screens as it would be difficult to make out the text on the screen. The resolution is also important, specifically the horizontal resolution. Some screens are only 800 pixels wide, making most sites not fit into the window. Since most sites follow the standard 1028 pixel width, it is best to go for a screen that has this minimum width or maybe greater.
Since you intend to use Microsoft Office on the netbook, it follows that you would probably be typing a lot on it. Some netbooks have smaller keys to fit the much smaller frame. The smaller keys increase the possibility of typing errors especially for people with slightly bigger fingers. Most of the more recent netbooks maximize the use of the area available for the keyboard but it is still best to try out the netbook yourself and type a few lines to make sure that you are comfortable with its keyboard.
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