Browse the Web Anywhere on a Netbook

One of the main advantages of a netbook is that users can browse the web anywhere if they have an integrated or external modem, or if they simply happen to be near one of the many WiFi spots around the world. Most netbooks offer plenty of performance for browsing even media-rich websites, though there are some sites that use interactive flash that might prove to be a little bit too much for the average netbook. In these cases, there are netbooks that feature NVIDIA graphics with flash acceleration and/or dual-core ATOM CPUs by Intel that can help increase performance at the expense of battery life.
Battery life is ultimately one of the major reasons that people have gravitated to netbooks in recent years. With some models offering 7 or more hours of useable battery life for basic productivity, netbooks are obviously desirable for their freedom from a wall socket. Throw in an additional battery, which does not take up much room, and an entire day of work and play can be had with the freedom to go anywhere.
Going anywhere is another strong suit of the netbook, particularly because of the small size and weight profile of the average netbook. Unlike notebooks that use parts that generate more heat and consume more power, netbooks trade overall performance for minimal power consumption. Faster parts mean more cooling components and heftier batteries, which might explain why netbooks have a much smaller physical footprint than notebooks and laptops while still maintaining better battery life.
The actual size of most netbooks is another factor that often weighs in their favor, especially to those that want to browse from anywhere. If being portable is important, then the actual size of the average netbook should be considered. Most netbooks are around an inch thick when closed, though there are some models that are exceptionally thin and those that are a little on the hefty side. With screens ranging from around 7 inches to around 12 inches diagonally, most netbooks are easily carried in briefcases, book bags, backpacks, or even purses. The relatively lightweight nature of most netbooks further increases their portability and ensures that they are not a strain on legs or back of anyone carrying them around.
The stow and go portability of lightweight netbooks is a marked difference from even smaller laptops that tend to be bulkier and have a larger footprint. Add to this the comparatively limited battery life of most laptops and it is easy to see why so many people choose netbooks for on the go browsing. The only question is: which netbook is right for any given user?
ASUS has one of the largest netbook portfolios and includes thin and ultra-light models to heftier near-netbook sized models with dedicated graphics. MSI has a few super-sized netbooks with 13+ inch screens as well as a modest range of middle of the road netbooks. Lenovo, HP, Dell, and ACER also have a modest range of netbooks ranging from netbooks with a focus on battery life to models with slightly more performance oriented configurations. While Apple is conspicuously absent from the netbook arena, rival Sony does have a pair of offerings that stress thin, light, and chic designs. Other vendors also have entries in the netbook arena, but all netbooks use either an integrated modem or an external USB modem for connectivity. Not all netbook models can be configured with an internal broadband modem, though almost all netbooks do come with factory installed WiFi.