From Nifty Netbooks to Micro Mini Computers

 - Sep 2, 2009
Netbooks have emerged as a go-to tech resource for travelers to stay connected and remain productive from any location. It isn’t just travelers and gadget fiends, however, who benefit from the ease and portability of a netbook. Amid the economic downturn, netbooks have become a cost-effective way for families to integrate computers within their households. And a segment of the micro-computing market has emerged that caters to the next generation, with kid-friendly netbooks that aim to be durable, easy to use and functional for tiny fingers.

Netbooks are essentially pared-down laptops. They are universally lightweight, less expensive than their full-sized counterparts and are smaller in size. To keep their overall cost and weight down, luxurious features that are standard on regular computers, like Ethernet ports and CD/DVD drives, are often not included in a netbook. Although a netbook can certainly be used as a primary computer for individuals who only require basic functionality and remote wireless Internet access, power users will benefit most from a netbook as an auxiliary computer used predominantly while traveling or on the go.

The nifty netbooks in the slideshow below fulfill a wide range of needs. There are concept touchscreen netbooks that blend eye-popping design with minimalist style for a super-sleek mobile design. Although these concepts aren’t available in stores just yet, they’re a great way to envision the future of mobile computing. There are also tough netbooks designed especially to endure the rigors of war zones, like the Acme Comrade Series. Travelers will especially love the pocket-sized netbooks that are truly meant to be taken anywhere. You’ll also read about netbooks created for children, city commuters, book lovers, and eco-minded individuals.

Check out all of these nifty netbook designs and more below. Note: In the interest of full disclosure, this cluster is a part of a sponsored series done in conjunction with Samsung.