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Hi all.

I have a tablet, I love my tablet, but its not great for word processing/ visio/ many other softwares I use on my tablet at home. I can take notes in lectures with my tablet :)

So I was thinking of Netbook, or a small laptop, but it needs to be around the same size as the tablet as that fits in my bag nicely, my 15" laptop however (despite it being quite light for a laptop) is a squeeze.

Does anyone have any recommendations on Netbooks or small laptops? Or any previous experience with them in educational use?

Obviously im a student, which means I don't have an outstanding budget..but I do appreciate performance :)

Thanks, Michael

asked Nov 29 '12 at 16:39

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Maybe a 13 or 11 inch laptop (or ultrabook as they've now coined it). I know you can get some pretty amazing specs in these machines, some even rivaling higher tiered desktops.

The only issue you may have with a netbook is that they tend to be a little underpowered a lot of times. Which just creates a poor experience and will lower your efficiency (Which is especially bad for college, you should be as efficient as possible).

answered Nov 29 '12 at 17:04

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edited Nov 29 '12 at 17:05

I wouldn't recommend a netbook. Generally the Keyboards are terrible, so for taking notes, presentations, etc. it wouldn't be ideal. I use a 13" Macbook for school, and it's perfect. It fits nicely in any backpack, and has a full sized keyboard. Obviously this wouldn't be ideal if you have a limited budget, but as @Zbob750 stated, any laptop in the 11-13" range is ideal. I know sony and a few other manufacturers make great laptops in this range, and so does Lenovo. Another thing you could go for would be a Chromebook. The newest one is manufactured by Samsung, is only $249, and features an 11.6" Display. If you are on a budget, this would be the one I would reccommend. Hope this helped! :)

answered Nov 30 '12 at 14:49

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