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Making the Case for Netbooks Over Notebooks

Still can't decide if your next notebook should be a netbook? PC Magazine makes the case that it should, using your wallet as a primary argument:

Why is your company still paying $2,000 for a business laptop when it can have five or six netbooks for about the same price?

Think it's as simple as that? I don't -- but I will admit I'm starting to come around to PC Mag's way of thinking...

For example, the author dispels the myth that netbooks lack important features:

Most netbooks average three USB ports, an Ethernet port, and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity, which is more than enough to support the average business professional. An omitted optical drive is probably the only thing a business will miss.

I concur, and who really needs an optical drive these days anyway? I suspect most businesses travelers use them to watch DVDs, which can just as easily be downloaded via iTunes or ripped on another PC.

If you're still not convinced, the article has reviews of eight of the latest and greatest netbooks -- including the Acer Aspire One I used for my recent story, The Netbook Diaries.

While you're at it, be sure to check out my Guy Vs. Guy debate with Dave: The Net Value of Netbooks. As usual, he loses the argument with his shoddy reasoning. And if you do take the netbook plunge, be sure to read Six Ways to Make Your Netbook More Like a Notebook.

What's your take on the whole netbook scene these days? Liking? Not liking? Buying? Not buying?

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