Netbooks are the ideal mobile computing solution for students who don’t necessarily need the extra computing power of a laptop or notebook. Their relatively low cost (most laptops are under £300 compared to £850 plus for a high-spec laptop) and their extreme portability, means students can get their hands on a mobile computer without hurting their pocket.
Netbooks are incredibly lightweight computers that are usually about the size of a book but contain most of the features and software that you would expect from a full-sized laptop. Nearly all netbooks come with basic word-processing, email, instant messaging and web browsing software pre-installed and all have built in Wi-Fi so you can connect to the Internet while out and about.
In addition to the more mundane business of studying most modern notebooks are perfect for entertainment featuring enough hard-drive space to store a decent-sized libraries of videos and music and will come with media player software pre-installed. And if you are into social networking the netbooks Wi-Fi and web browsing software will allow you to update your Facebook profile or post to Twitter from anywhere you can find a hotspot.
Our Pick of the Top Netbooks for Students
The Acer Aspire AO751 is a great little widescreen netbook with a decent sized screen – excellent for watching the BBC iPlayer or YouTube in your room. It also has a multi gesture track pad that allows you to zoom, flip and scroll through websites and documents. The full sized keyboard means you can work on this netbook for ages without wrist or finger fatigue.
If you want to make sure your netbook can survive a whole day on campus or at school you should take a look at the Samsung NC10. The NC10 has a whopping 6 hour battery life meaning you should only need to plug it in once to get you through the school day.
For the style conscious student, the Amilo Mini UI 3520 come with a selection of clip-on covers in a range of colours – meaning you can colour coordinate you netbook with your new shoes or to suit your mood. It also comes with a rather sneaky silent mode that means you can check your mate’s Facebook status at the back of the class without alerting the teacher.