Netbook or laptop? It’s harder to tell the difference

As more features are finding their way into smaller packages, the lines are blurring between netbooks (like that tiny Acer I’m using to maintain this blog) and “real” laptops.

Color, screen resolution, battery, Wi-Fi, Webcam? The same. And they both lack an internal optical drive. The differences, though relatively small, can be summed up in the 11z notebook’s 1.5 inches of extra screen real estate, a more powerful Celeron processor, 1GB of extra memory, and a larger hard drive … plus, by getting the notebook with Vista, you have an automatic free upgrade to Windows 7. With any computer with XP, it costs around $100 to get Windows 7 Home Premium Edition … the specs are so similar that the average shopper would likely be confused as to why one is better than the other.
I know that, even with my bargain-basement unit, folks are amazed there’s room for a hard drive …
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