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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: West Michigan
02-14-2010, 05:25 PM
I agree with WolfKeeper on this one. A netbook is a small portable low-power device that was originally designed for simple tasks such as e-mail & web surfing. They have advanced a little bit to allow decent word processing and possible low-quality movies/music. Those who use their netbook for more than that realize it but they also realize what a netbook is supposed to be.
I think a MacBook Pro is a laptop. Not based on size, or battery life, but the power it has. Maybe if Apple made a low-power 10-13" MacBook Air that might work.
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
02-14-2010, 07:13 PM
A netbook is not suppose to have an internal optical drive.
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The MacBook air..that is a 'laptop' that might be considered a netbook because it doesn't have an optical drive.
If I wanted to spend a lot of money, then I would consider a Mac that would run BootCamp or Parallels so I can get my Windows apps.
Dell and other non Apple laptop/netbook makers aren't going to play in the Mac sandbox and develop a full fledge low profile netbook/laptop and try to compete with Apple a those prices.
Really you have two lines of thoughts here..
1) What would you spend a lot of money on a Mac or would you save your money and spend it on a Windows laptop/netbook?
This really depends. If I had money to spend, I would buy a MBP and make sure Bootcamp is running on it, because most my of apps/games need Windows. In the end, I would spend most of my time in the Windows environment, so I might as well look to buy a non Apple computer and save my money.
Now, if I were traveling/on the go and only needed access to internet apps and light office-app work, then I would purchase a secondary to my main laptop/desktop purchase and look to get a netbook (w/o optical drive)
2) What defines a netbook and what is the line that crosses you over to a laptop?
I think the main stream considerations are 10" screen, non-fullsized keyboard, and no optical drive; low-power or the battery life is also part of the consideration - Dell 10v 3-cell give you 3 hours, 6-cell gives you 7 hours
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Nixa, MO
04-13-2010, 04:13 PM
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Comparison is a tricky thing because not all similar aspects of a Macbook Pro and an M11x are equal enough to compare. The volume of the M11x, while more than the Macbook Pro (133 vs. 108 IIRC) is distributed in such a way as to seem less even if it isn't. The fact that it is distributed in a more compact WxD form factor makes it infinitely more portable than the MBP.
Anyway, just thought I'd chime in on that one. And by the way, the MBP is much more powerful with a 2.4GHz C2D and the optical drive is nice too. The M11x is not for someone who needs that performance and the optical drive, or for someone that wants OSX.
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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
04-14-2010, 09:48 AM
Yeah, like WolfKeeper said. A netbook nowadays is more about the use of minimal power to achieve an acceptable level of performance from the processor and other components - that's why a netbook is generally considered to only have atom. High battery-life and to a lesser extent, screen size, is a result of that.
In marketing terms, the term netbook can also be considered to be a name given to any laptop computer designed for a specific type of person or use case - like as small, light and portable notebook within a given price bracket; used as a person's 3rd computer, with minimal power consumption that's only used for email, web browsing and light word processing. Differentiating it from larger laptops, like the Macbook. Tablets and some ultraportables.
The real answer is: a netbook is whatever individual manufacturers say it is. Or more precisely,what the marketing team at manufacturers say it is.
Oh, and the lines of netbook were being blurred from as early as the mini 12 - which I think first raised the question of netbook vs. ultra-portable vs. notebook.
Join Date: Nov 2009
04-14-2010, 09:51 AM
I would say size is one point, but weight is also something to think about. the macbook pro 13" weights 2,54kg, a dell mini 10v only 1,1kg.
that is a huge difference. and for me it was one of the reasons why I use my mini instead of my 13" macbook, when on the road.
and I still think there is a big difference in size, between the macbook and the 10v. just look at this picture...
anyone trying to say that a macbook is the same size as a 10v is either blind or a moron.
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