A mini netbook is a small laptop computer with a screen size that generally falls between 10 and 11 inches (25 to 28 cm). This type of small laptop is quite popular for traveling and use on-the-go, and though it may not have the processing power or speed of a full size laptop, it is often completely sufficient for those who want to use their computers to just check email or use a few simple programs. A mini netbook is typically much less expensive than a full size laptop.
Specifications vary, of course, between manufacturers of these computers, and each mini netbook may be slightly different. For this reason, it is important to shop around and determine how one wishes to use the computer in order to find the best one. In general, there are some features that are common across most mini netbooks; most do not include an optical drive, which is a CD or DVD drive. An external optical drive can generally be connected through a USB port.
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In addition, a mini netbook will most often have a smaller keyboard than a regular laptop because there is simply not room for a full-size keyboard. It may also have a slower processor, less RAM, a slightly smaller hard drive, and a pared-down version of the operating system it is running; for this reason, it is generally only possible to run one or two applications at a time on a netbook. Mini netbooks tend to have a very long battery life, however, due to the slower processor, and many can run for five to seven hours on one charge.
A mini netbook will typically have built-in wireless capability, and will be able to easily connect to different wireless networks. Some are also able to connect to the 3G cellular networks offered by many cellular carriers, but it is often necessary to purchase a netbook directly from a cellular carrier to have this feature. In addition, a mini netbook will be very light and easy to carry, which makes it a good choice for travel, students, or business purposes. It can often fit right into a regular bag without needing to purchase a separate laptop bag.
Some people choose to purchase an external mouse to be used with a netbook if they do not wish to use the touchpad. This type of mini laptop computer can be a great choice when used with realistic expectations for its capabilities. Keep in mind that as more features are added to the computer, price will increase as well, sometimes exponentially so.