WHETHER YOU’RE SPENDING less in the recession or not, scaling back on your college-bound kid’s next computer purchase may be a smart move.
Netbooks are becoming a more popular alternative to laptops and desktops, thanks to new technology that has put considerable computing power in the small, ultraportable devices. The devices are also economical: netbooks rarely top $400, and many basic models cost half that. “For 95% of users, a netbook is their next computer,” says Alex L. Goldfayn, an independent technology analyst who hosts “The Technology Tailor Show” on WGN Radio, where he helps consumers find the right gadgets to fit their needs. “Everyone should be looking at them as an option.”
2. Stick with big names