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Netbook, Laptop, Tablet: Choosing The Right Tech

Technology comes in many forms and sizes. Whilst having plenty of choice and options is great, the actual task of making such a decision is none the less rather difficult. With so much to choose from, how do you decide? In terms of computing devices alone, you can choose from netbooks laptops tablets and various other devices, so which is right for you?

To this end, here are a number of things you can look at. This includes making sure the technology isn’t outdated and making sure you know what you want from a device.

Outdated Technology

If you want to stay ahead of the curve, it might be useful to keep an eye on what devices tend to be rather popular. Netbooks, for instance, are quickly being replaced with the likes of laptops, notebooks and tablets. I’m not the first person to sell my netbook for something more modern, and I won’t be the last.

Controls and Interface

How do you like to use your device? Your preferred method of input should be of high importance. This is also closely related to what you wish to do with the device in many regards. If you do a lot of typing, a physical keyboard may be required. In this instance, a tablet would lose out over a netbook or laptop. The latter two both boast a keyboard, although a laptop often has a bigger, fully-sized keyboard to work with. If you do a lot of typing, or simply have big hands that require the space of a full keyboard, (which itself is built around adult-sized hands) then a laptop has the simple practical advantage.


How do you wish to carry your device? Netbooks, laptops and tablets are all portable devices, but each varies in its physical dimensions. There isn’t any right or wrong here; it’s simply a matter of what you prefer.

Laptops often need a carrying bag, for instance, whilst netbooks and tablets are designed to be more discreet, able to be stored in your normal bag or luggage. If you want to carry the device around at all times, the latter might be a benefit. However, if you only carry the device when you need it, a dedicated laptop bag isn’t so much of a burden. When it comes to your individual circumstances, you need to offset each advantage against each other. Is a smaller size worth the sacrifice in terms of input controls (such as the keyboard) or usability (such as screen size), for instance?

Computing Power and Options

What do you want to do on your device? The different gadgets each pack different computing power and technology behind them. The tablets touch screen interface lends itself well to versatile apps, games and other unique features, but lacks a physical keyboard; arguably, that won’t be any good for those with a lot of work to do. Likewise, the tablet and laptop don’t have an app market, but feature a fully working computer system in a more traditional sense.

About The Author Of Netbook, Laptop, Tablet: Choosing The Right Tech

Joseph William and I’ve had my share of technology. I’m not a great netbook fan, which is why I looked to sell my netbook for a super-fast laptop not long after buying one. But that’s me – I have to try new gadgets. I have a passion for tablets though and I love gadgets in all their forms, something I love to share through regular blogging.