By: Chris Rice
This young man currently works at Cora Computers in Port Elgin.
It was a sunny November morning. I rose out of bed, did my usual morning routine, and sat down to check the news on my laptop. After pressing the power button at least 13 times, I came to the conclusion that something was wrong. I went and got it checked at our local computer store, where the technicians told me "for the price it would cost to fix it, you might as well get a new one". So, after 3 solid years of using my laptop (aka Lappy), I now have to buy a new one.
While shopping, I came across a new style of laptop that is really
catching on, the netbook. A netbook is basically a laptop with a smaller
screen and no CD/DVD drive. There are tones of brands selling netbooks,
such as Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba and Asus. Since I've only had good luck
with Acer, I bought the "Acer Aspire One" netbook.
Netbook side by Side with traditional laptop
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Less Table (lap) space
There are no fancy upper buttons to control the volume,
screen brightness, or quickly access the internet, however they are
integrated into the keyboard, and can access them by holding the 'Fn"
Key. The touchpad is motion sensitive, meaning that the curser will move
at the speed your finger is travelling across the touchpad. Even though
the touchpad is very easy to get used to, I still suggest looking into a
mouse. I preferred the Logitech VX Nano for its ultra compact design.
Together with the CrystalBrite feature is the unique Acer CrytalEye
webcam located at the center above the screen, perfect for live video
streaming, video calls, and conferences. In fact, the webcam's image
clarity beats my $80 webcam I have for my desktop computer. The only
drawback to the netbook I've noticed, is the loss of the CD or DVD
Drive. But, that is the purpose of the netbook, because most things that
are on CD media now of days, are downloadable on the internet.