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The Mini Notebook – 5 Buyers Guide Tips

So, you’ve decided to buy a mini notebook and have no idea where to start. No problem! It is no where near as overwhelming as you think. Just like anything that’s new, there will be a slight learning curve. Things always go easier though when you’ve got someone showing you the right path to take. Hopefully, I can help you learn the little things to look out for that will make a big difference in how much you use and enjoy your netbook. Below is a list of 5 things to look out for when buying your first mini notebook.

Screen Size

There are two popular screen sizes that are available for mini notebooks; the 9-inch and 10-inch. Here is a quick comparison between the two.

  • 10-inch Pro’s – Easier to read / Larger keyboard
  • 10-inch Con’s – Higher price / Overall larger in size
  • 9-inch Pro’s – Smaller overall size / Cheaper to purchase
  • 9-inch Con’s – Smaller screen size / Smaller keyboard

After personally purchasing a 9-inch before the 10-inch models were available I can honestly say I wish I would of purchased the 10-inch model mini notebook. The downsides aren’t that bad and I can’t even begin to tell you how much nicer it is to type on the 10-inch keyboard compared to the 9-inch, it literally is night and day different Mini PC Compute Stick B073JHZCML.


This was the one thing that many of my friends didn’t realize at first when using my mini notebook, it doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive. I got mixed feels from them on how much of a deal breaker not having a CD-ROM was. Luckily there are some easy solutions to this problem.

  • Portable External CD-ROM Drive – You can purchase an external CD-ROM drive from various places online that connects to your mini notebook with a USB cord. They typically run between $15.00-$60.00 depending on things such as size, style, and the type of media they play. For example a model that plays and burns DVD’s will cost a bit more than a standard CD drive.
  • USB Drive / Download Programs – Since I don’t install software all that often, this is the option I’ve gone with. Most CD’s I get with programs to install can be downloaded from the specific companies website and the version you get from the website is almost always more up-to-date. For the few times I did need to install some software from a CD I just put the CD into any desktop computer and copied it over to my USB flash drive. Then you can plug that drive into your netbook and install it just like it was on the CD.

Operating System

Most people, myself included just assumed that any type of computer just came with some version of Windows. With the introduction of the mini notebook a lot of manufacturers sold them with a version of Linux installed. One of the biggest advantages of Linux is that it’s open source and free. That really helps cut down on the price of your netbook. If you are just using your mini notebook as a secondary laptop to carry around for quick web surfing then it might be worth it to look into a model that has a version of Linux installed instead of Windows XP or Windows 7. If you aren’t up for learning a new operating system I would definitely stick with a version of Windows. If you want to compare the Linux to Windows stop by any of your local electronics stores such as Best Buy. They should have a variety of mini notebooks in stock with both the Linux and Windows operating systems installed to test out.

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