Mini laptops (or more commonly known as Netbooks) are a favorite for many users thanks to their portability and performance on the fly that gives them an edge over traditional desktop computers and larger laptops. They are lighter in weight and smaller in size without comprising too much on productivity or performance, although their overall compatibility with you will depend on what kind of PC users you are.
A few years back it was hard to find any laptops under 300 dollars on the market. Fast forward to 2013 and they are a dime a dozen, with leading manufacturers churning out new budget Netbooks models at pace that’s hard to keep up with in order to compete with the ever evolving tablet and smartphone markets where size and form factor are huge selling points. Gone are the days of behemoth desktop replacements – leading brands such as Acer, Asus, HP and even more recently even Google, with their range of Chromebooks, have set the Netbook market on fire. Notebook laptops are however not without their shortcomings.
If you are a power user and need to use heavy duty applications such as photoshop or find yourself multitasking a lot with many programs open, then a budget netbook may not be for you. In the sub-$300 range you aren’t going to find any hardware that’s going to blow your socks off, with the more high-end portability hardware generally being reserved for Ultrabooks. In this case you’d be better of purchasing a second hand laptop under $300, as you can usual find some serious deals if you look hard enough and are careful. Amazon’s third party return policy for second hand laptops make them an attractive low risk solution here.
All in all the ultimate Netbook user is someone who doesn’t want to fork out a lot of cash, doesn’t require any heavy duty processing power reserved for intensive applications or games, and requires an ultra-portable device that they can take with them wherever they go for surfing the web or getting work done.