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Tech Throwdown: Netbooks vs. Laptops

Sony VAIO VPC

Price: $800

Screen size: 14 inches

Operating system: Windows 7

Specifications: Core 2 Duo T6600 processor, 4-gigabyte memory, 500-gigabyte hard drive, Blu-ray reader, microphone, Web cam, firewire ports, memory card reader, DVI/HDMI video outputs.

Pros: Good battery life at 5 hours, highly portable at 14 inches and 5.1 pounds and has 265MB of video memory for the "World of Warcraft" set.

Cons: Less expensive than similarly stacked laptops, but on the high-end even for a 14-inch model. (Ask early PS3 buyers about this).

Now check out Gary Krakow's 10 best cheap netbooks >>>

Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet.com. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, The Boston Herald, The Boston Phoenix, Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent.
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