Not seen any upgrades happen on netbooks

I am getting a very good deal on netbooks. An HP netbook running on an Atom processor would cost below R20,000. I have not seen any upgrades happen on netbooks, nor in fact is there much talk about them these days, I want to know if this would be a good buy. I have not seen any upgrades happen on netbooks, nor in fact is there much talk about them these days, I want to know if this would be a good buy.

— Small-screen lightweight netbooks were a rage at one time, when computing was heavy and complex and the iPad was still in its infancy. They offered an easy alternative to consume Internet content, and also acted as a good tool for doing most of the stuff that you do on a laptop, at about half the cost.

But with the Web getting more powerful and more graphic-heavy, netbooks have been left lagging. Tablet devices have only added to their woes, despite the absence of a full-QWERTY keyboard on these.

If your need is a basic computer that allows word processing, spreadsheets, email and maybe Web browsing, and your needs can be clearly defined, a netbook does offer price advantages. But if you are a power user, or will become on in coming months, our suggestion would be to start with an entry-level machine based on the Core i3 processor. The second generation processor is cheaper than the latest, 3rd generation processor.