If you are planning an event you may not be looking for a standard heavyweight laptop or a MacBook on MacOS, and chances are if you need laptops you probably aren’t hoping to downgrade to tablets. Luckily, there is an alternative to laptops and tablets. Netbooks have confused consumers since their conception because unless you have already read up on Netbooks, they are not easily distinguishable from laptops, which is why this article will be all about getting you up to speed on Netbooks and helping you decide whether you need a Netbook rental or a laptop rental for your next event.
Perhaps the most noticeable factor when trying to differentiate Netbooks and laptops is that Netbooks are often much smaller and lighter weight when compared to laptops. To give you an idea of how much lighter a Netbook can be, the average Netbook weighs only two to three pounds, while common laptops weigh in at anywhere from four to ten pounds. Of course, there are some exceptions in weight class, the most notable being the MacBook Air which weighs a meager 2.96 pounds, but as mentioned earlier, you may not be looking for a MacOS device.
The lightness of Netbooks comes at a cost however. Netbooks typically have noticeably smaller screens than laptops. Where laptops are easily available in screen sizes up to 17.3 inches, Netbooks are most readily available in sizes from seven to ten inches. Screen size will probably not be a huge issue for you however, especially if you’re renting in bulk for an event, but screen size is always something which should be considered when renting technology.
The size and weight of Netbooks are easy ways to differentiate them from laptops, but it is important to know why they are so different before renting them. The lightweight of netbooks comes from a combination of reduced frame size and less powerful components inside of each device. The price paid in components is commonly found in reductions to hard drive space, processing unit power, battery power, and the removal of CD/DVD drives. Generally speaking, laptops are much more powerful than Netbooks. Perhaps the most notable issues event planners will face when using Netbooks are the reductions to storage space and the removal of CD/DVD drives.
So, to give you a simple view of our comparison, here’s a side-by-side list of pros in cons:
|+ Lighter Weight||– Heavier|
|± Smaller Screen Sizes||± Larger Screen Sizes|
|– Less Storage Space||+ More Storage Space|
|– Less Processing Power||+ More Processing Power|
|+ Capable of Performing most laptop functions|
Overall, laptops are much more powerful than Netbooks, but if you are planning an event you probably don’t need your laptops to run any extremely intensive programs. The strength of Netbooks comes from their lightweight and small frames, as well as their capability to run most laptop functionalities you would need as an event planner, and perhaps contrarily to their name, Netbooks do not need an internet connection to operate. If your event has a poor internet you won’t have any issues unless you actually need to browse the internet or download files off of it.
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