Revitalize Your Netbook Before You Throw It Out

Revitalize Your Netbook Before You Throw It Out

Range Govindan
Jul 9, 2010

It's a fact that netbook sales are slowly drying up and new releases are slowing down. The market has been saturated and people have moved onto something different: tablets. If you're one of the many people who has a netbook, no need to discard it. There are several easy ways to making your netbook even more handy.

The big thing about netbooks is that they are great devices to carry around. Many people who own laptops tend to leave them at home because they are too heavy to lug around or too large. Netbooks filled this niche. They didn't weigh much and could be easily transported, even in a purse and do not require a case like a tablet.

Now that tablets are all the rage, the netbook market is slowly dying out. Many companies are now working to release their own tablets. Before you throw out your netbook or give it away, you should know that there are a few ways to breathe new life into your little computer. The first step would be to upgrade the screen to a Pixel QI. Although it costs $275, it will definitely be very useful since it has two modes: one works like a traditional LCD screen while the other consumes about 80% less power. It's an e-paper display that suited for e-book reading, like the Amazon Kindle. This means that your netbook could last over 20 hours while using this screen, and it's also easily readable in direct sunlight, making it a great travel companion. Changing the screen out is a cinch also.

It's true that most netbooks come with some storage, but ultimately, we've always felt that they needed more. The other way to revitalize your netbook is to simply augment the storage. This means that if you've already got an HD, simply upgrade it to a larger size. If your netbook can't handle laptop hard drives, then you could always just add a 64GB flash drive by using one of the internal USB ports. They usually fit quite nicely and compactly inside and easily let you store quite a bit more data and access it at a fast speed.

And if you want to inch that much closer to the features of a tablet without adding yet another piece of gear to your household, aftermarket touchscreen kits can be added to your netbook for about $100, compatible with popular models such as the ASUS Eee PC 900/901 series, Acer Aspire One, MSI Wind U100 and the ASUS Eee PC 1000 family. There have even been those brave few who've worked to convert their netbook into an iPad.

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