May, 2012 | The Gadget News

A netbook is essentially a compact laptop computer. They have a significantly smaller screen, usually nine or ten inches. They weigh less than three pounds and they have a smaller keyboard. This compact nature means you give up a few things including speed, memory, and some functionality. For example, a netbook will not have a CD or DVD drive. However, the performance of your netbook can be optimized with a few tweaks.

Battery

Get a larger battery. Most netbooks come with a three cell battery, though you can buy a six cell. This will help you stay productive longer without worrying about running out of battery. It does, however, make your netbook a bit bulkier and a bit heavier.

Visual Display
Depending on your operating system you can often change or enhance your visual display. For example, if you’re running Windows you can optimize your visuals to be set at “Adjust for best performance,” by getting into your control panel and making that selection.
Many people also recommend using Google Chrome as your browser. It’s fast and light and doesn’t take up much space on your screen. You can, however, modify Firefox to reduce the toolbar at the top and make more room on your small nine inch screen.

Operating System

You can often increase the speed of your computer by downgrading your operating system. Most often people with Windows Vista or 7 on their netbook will choose to downgrade to Windows XP. It uses fewer resources and will help your netbook run faster.

Speed & Memory

The more software and applications you put on your netbook, the slower it is going to be. Additionally, you’ll run out of memory space. Instead, try using web based applications that don’t require a large download or install and look for a cloud storage system.

You can also clean up your “startup” list. These are the applications that automatically run when you start your computer. For example, many times a browser will automatically open upon startup along with Outlook or other productivity software. Reduce your startup programs and your computer will run faster, and start up more quickly.

Finally, it’s also recommended that you defragment your hard drive often. Some suggest you defrag it at least once a week. It depends on how much you use your netbook. Consider defragging it at least once a month and if you find performance is suffering, then increase the frequency. You may be able to set your netbook to automatically perform this action by looking in your control panel.

Additionally, with many netbooks you have the option to increase your memory to 2GB. If you think you’re going to need more memory, then by all means upgrade it.

Netbooks are a viable solution to the need for a lightweight and compact laptop. They offer productivity and functionality at a low cost, and are very portable. And with a few tweaks they can be fast and efficient machines.

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