A: Netbooks are ultra-small, lightweight laptop computers that use energy-efficient microprocessors and displays to allow for extended use between charges. They are optimized for email, web browsing, and lightweight computing applications. Netbooks do not have CD or DVD drives, and do not have as much memory capacity or connection ports as larger laptops.
Q: CAN I USE A NETBOOK AS MY PRIMARY, EVERYDAY COMPUTER?
Q: CAN I USE A NETBOOK FOR MOVIES, MUSIC, AND GAMES?
A: Netbooks do not have CD or DVD drives, but they can be used to watch movies and listen to music either via the internet or from a flash drive, iPod or MP3 player. Netbooks are not designed for processor-intensive tasks like photo and video editing or high-speed gaming.
Q: HOW DOES A NETBOOK CONNECT TO THE INTERNET?
A: Netbooks can connect to the internet via a 3G wireless network, a Wi-Fi network, or in some cases, via a wired Ethernet cable. 3G-enabled netbooks have a built-in cellular radio and so do not require a separate wireless internet card. When accessing the internet from home, hotels or coffee shops, Wi-Fi can be a cost-effective supplement to your 3G wireless plan, since Wi-Fi access normally allows unlimited data use for free or a fixed fee. To switch from the 3G network to Wi-Fi, you simply flip a switch on the netbook. Some netbooks also have a built-in Ethernet jack, thus enabling internet access when Wi-Fi and 3G wireless networks are not available.
Q: WHEN I RECEIVE MY NETBOOK, WHAT WILL I NEED TO DO TO GET IT WORKING?
A: Your netbook will be delivered to your door via FedEx and your new 3G data plan will be activated so that you may begin using the 3G capabilities of your netbook as soon as it arrives. Simply follow the directions included in the box to begin the Microsoft Windows setup process. This will take about 30 minutes, and following that your netbook will be ready for use.
Q: DO NETBOOKS COME WITH WINDOWS, SECURITY SOFTWARE, OR PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS?
A: Most netbooks come pre-loaded with either Windows XP or the Linux operating system. The netbooks sold here come pre-loaded with Windows XP Home Edition and include trial versions of several security and productivity suites. Q: HOW LONG CAN NETBOOKS BE USED BETWEEN CHARGES? A: Netbooks with 3-cell battery packs may operate for 2.5 to 3 hours between charges. Netbooks with larger 6-cell battery packs can run for 7 to 9 hours.
Q: CAN I PURCHASE A NETBOOK WITHOUT A DATA PLAN?
A: You may purchase a netbook without a data plan, but you will be limited to Wi-Fi hotspots and wired Ethernet cables for internet access, and you will pay the higher, non-subsidized price for the netbook.
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