Netbook or Laptop – The Differences Continue To Be Blurred – IMHO

I got an email from an acquaintance of mine asking me about what to buy, a netbook or a laptop.

Hi Ron, I read your article about computer reliability and noticed that Asus was rated #1 and Toshiba was #2. I am looking for a portable computer and I am somewhat confused as to the difference between two systems I am looking at which are close in price. One is an Asus Eee netbook for $329.99 and a Toshiba which is priced at $379.99. Both are at Best Buy.

Which would you buy?

What is really hard about giving advice on which computer to buy is if something goes wrong with the model you recommend, guess who the bad guy is? The second problem is putting your own preferences aside. I’m a Toshiba laptop guy. So with this in mind I took a look at the two brands and compared them.

The Asus comes with an Atom 1.3 GHz cpu, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB sata hard disk, 12.” screen and no optical drive. The operating system is Microsoft Windows XP with SP3. The Asus weighs only 3 lbs. and has 6.5 hours of battery life. This makes it ideal for traveling.

The Toshiba comes with a Celeron cpu at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB data hard disk, 15.6 screen and a DVD burner. The Toshiba weighs 6 lbs. and has only 2.5 hours of battery life. The operating system is Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium.

At first glance the Toshiba seems like a better buy. Bigger screen, faster processor, more memory, larger hard disk and Windows 7. But what it really comes down to is what are you going to use the laptop for?

For home use I would go with the Toshiba laptop. But if you are a road warrior and spend a lot of time in airports, buy the Asus.

That is my 2 cents. What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Asus Eee netbook at Best Buy for $329.99

Toshiba laptop at Best Buy for $379.99