Netbooks

There’s been a lot of talk lately about netbooks, which are essentially cheap notebook computers with little storage and and no media drives. These dumbed down computers aren’t supposed to take the place of your normal computer, but mearly are intended to be ultra-portable, inexpensive, basic tools that will allow you to access email, the internet and other simple programs. For some people it may be all the computer you could ever need.

CrunchGear recently review the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, which I believe is Dell’s first official foray into the netbook arena, and it sounds pretty good to me. I’m not so sure about the Ubuntu operating system or the Dell interface, but it sounds like there’s a lot of potential there. And, for $350 it’s hard to go wrong.

Ideally I think I’d like to see an Apple version of the netbook, but I’m not sure if and when they’ll release one. They already have the MacBook Air, which is an expensive souped up version of the netbook idea.

Personally, I think there’s a lot of potential here, but we’ll have to see how it all progresses. netbooks could be a great way to get inexpensive computers into the hands of those who are unable to afford a normal computer, while also being great for those who travel. I’m excited for the possibilities.

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