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How to Choose a Netbook: Three Things to Consider
Jul 18, 2012 – Dean Jarvis
Netbooks are a great option for using internet on-the-go because of their portability, high performance, and long lasting battery life. If you’re looking for a portable option to use with a wireless internet connection that won’t break the budget, then a netbook is definitely for you. Over the last year we have seen rapid advances in technology associated with these devices, such as the launch of the Nvidia Tegra 3 which now includes a Dual-Core processor as well as an ultra-low powered NVIDIA Geforce GPU.
Because embedded 3G/4G is included with every notebook, you can enjoy the benefits of wireless internet without the hassle of plugging in a USB dongle each time you want to connect. Because embedded devices require less power to function, you will prolong your battery life, as well as achieve consistent transfer speeds.
Tip #1 – Wireless Technology
Make sure you choose a netbook that can connect you to the fastest possible internet connection. Remember that wireless internet companies place no restriction on network performance, therefore the only limitation on speed is the device you are using to access their network. Older netbooks may contain outdated hardware, limiting your transfer speeds. Some outdated netbooks may also only contain Wi-Fi, allowing you to access a wireless hotspot but not a 3G connection. Make sure that at the very least the device supports 3G. This will allow you to insert your SIM card into your netbook computer in order to access speeds of up to 3mbps. The latest in wireless communication is 4G LTE, and is supported by all new netbooks. 4G supports transfers of around 11mbps.
Tip #2 – Find the Best Deal
Wireless career services offer many packages that feature a netbook computer system. This usually involves signing a contract with the company for either 1 or 2 years. The good news is that you’ll get a good deal on the netbook computer, as well as receive internet data every month. Careers also sell devices individually, guaranteeing you the latest in connection technology. Verizon Wireless is currently offering a good deal on the Compaq Mini CQ10 4G LTE ready netbook for $149.99. Alternatively, If buying new is not for you, then you may want to indulge yourself in the many ‘used’ devices featured on Amazon.com. Remember that if you don’t have a contract with a career service, you will need to make use of a prepaid data plan (info on pay as you go wireless internet).
Tip #3 – Read Reviews
Before you finally commit to a netbook, it’s a good idea to read some reviews on the product you wish to go with. This will give you a good idea of the hardware specifications as well as other important information such as the operating that’s included with the netbook. Don’t buy a netbook that only supports an old operating system, as you may have problems running newer applications. Reviews can also help you identify various issues with certain models, and which ones you should avoid. Be sure to also investigate the standard of support from the manufacturer you choose to go with.
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