One would think that it is safe to say that netbooks are here to stay. They could even dominate the laptop landscape in a couple of years.
Since their humble beginnings as cheap laptops that could be used to surf the Web, compose e-mails, do light office tasks, but not much more, they are evolving into more substantial machines.
Set against their low price and portability are limitations such as screen and keyboard size, and lack of a built-in optical drive. But perhaps the biggest differentiator between netbooks and other laptops is performance.
We know netbooks can easily handle the sort of basic tasks mentioned above, but how do they do at more rigorous tasks such as handling complex CAD applications and tasks?
Key to the performance of any PC, netbook or otherwise, are its processing parts. The vast majority of netbooks run on an Intel Atom processor and typically ship with 1GB of memory, while bigger laptops are standardizing at 3GB and 4GB now. And let's not forget that graphics components and hard drives can influence the performance of a netbook.
Do you use a netbook? We would love to hear about your experiences and as to whether you are actually using it for CAD related task.