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Do Netbooks Deliver?

Here's how netbooks measure up to their notebook predecessors.

This story appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You've probably heard that netbooks (pint-size stripped-down notebooks) are all the rage right now--you may even be eyeing one. From 's IdeaPad S10 to Hewlett-Packard's Mini 2140 to 's Inspiron Mini 9, many manufacturers are packing the typically sub-$500 devices with features fit for entrepreneurs. Aside from a low price point and compact size, what's the appeal? Here's how netbooks measure up to their predecessors:

Pro: Keep in touch and connected. "My business requires I be in touch 24/7," says Beth Shaw, 41, founder and president of Yogafit Training Systems Worldwide in Torrance, . She relies on her MSI Wind U100 for "e-mails and internet at a glance."

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