More Netbook Tips
6. Get a good keyboard and mouse
The ultra portable size comes with a price, and it's the less spacious keyboard and touchpad. The most practical solution is to buy an external keyboard and mouse. Do remember that netbooks can only use USB keyboards and mouses. If you travel a lot, you can consider fold out keyboards and notebook mice that are smaller and easier to bring.
7. It's a portable media player
With the new models packing large hard drives, it's time to ditch your portable media players. To transform your netbooks into a true PMP, you'll need to install several multimedia applications. For music, you can't go wrong with iTunes, or just use the installed Windows Media Player. For videos, K-Lite Codec Pack with Windows Media Player Classic is a reliable and free application that doesn't hog your system. Of course, you can always stream any videos or musics if an Internet connection is available.
8. Buy an external optical or hard drive
Even with multiple gigas, everybody just can't seem get enough storage nowadays. External optical drives and external hard drives are getting cheaper everyday, so it's not considered an extravagant upgrade. If you still need to read CDs or DVDs, buying an external optical drive is a viable option. If you often switch between computers and need to carry your data with you, an external hard drive is the best way to go. Both peripherals can be found anywhere for less than US$100.
9. Give your netbook a distinctive appeal
Since it's relatively cheap, why not give your netbook a distinctive personality? You can add stickers or notebook tattoos that separate your netbook from tens of millions of others. After all, it is not Clone Wars (yet). Be sure to choose stickers that can be peeled off easily and without leaving a mark.
10. Your netbook is a game center
OK, let's be very careful with this bragging. You won't be able to play the latest 3D games with the current models. However, if you're a bit of retro games' lover, this baby can satisfy your gaming urges. To play DOS-based games, install the DOSBOX application. For 3D games, you might want to install the 3DAnalyze application, which can run 3D games in machines without separate 3D graphics chips.