Well it all depends on your usage and purpose. Netbooks are basically downgraded versions of notebooks/laptops. They provide better battery life, compactness and portability, due to the compromise on performance and screen size. For general internet usage and surfing not much of high end hardware is needed. So net books have less RAM and less processor power. Which is not needed for net surfing. So, just surfing is your primary concern then you can go in for a net book to help you provide comfortable net access along with portability in wifi zones. But if your looking for multimedia and other study and presentation purposes better go in for a decent laptop/notebook with all be a all puropse device for you. You would be happily able to surf in it and also at later stage you wont crib for not being able to use for multimedia applications which will be the case if you buy a netbook.