AFTER years of lugging around my heavy Toshiba Satellite A305, I chose something small and light when presented with options of checking out different NEO laptops months ago. So I selected the handy NEO Netbook.
And in the few times I used the Filipino-made laptop, I was delighted with how I can stay logged into the Internet with a cup of hot latte and puffing Marlboro at my favorite coffee shop for several hours without the hassle of plugging (and unplugging) the power cord.
Unlike my bulky Toshiba which has a battery life of less than an hour, I could browse Facebook, read and respond to emails, and do research for columns and the history books I have been working on at an average of over two hours every time without plugging the NEO Netbook.
Wow, I told myself every time.
Unfortunately, the handiness and battery life that delighted me became the reason my petite 17-year old daughter Alya borrowed the Netbook most of the time. A freshman at UP College Cebu, Alya persuaded me to hand over the NEO because it would easily fit into all the bags she alternately brings to school. She also does not need to bring the power cord because the Netbook battery won’t conk out even long after her classes, she said.
Alya, who had been borrowing her mother’s Toshiba version of the Netbook, delighted at practically the same powerful computing and battery features of the NEO which she said is slightly thinner and lighter.
“Oh,” I exclaimed as I thought about the price difference. NEO’s netbook was way more affordable than the Toshiba. “Tinunga (half the price),” I told myself even as I compared it to other affordable netbooks dished out by Asus and Redfox which were not as powerful.
Unfortunately, we have to give up the NEO netbook long after the agreed review period. But at least, I now have an idea of what to buy Alya for Christmas.
- A Competition Comparing Netbook Vs. Notebook Portable Computers (computerscienceandtech.wordpress.com)