Casual Computing Laptops & Netbooks

Casual Computing Laptops & Netbooks

Laptops and netbooks are available in tons of different configurations, tailor-made to various uses. Video editors may want a powerful laptop that will allow them to open many large files simultaneously, while gamers may prefer an on-the-go computer with state-of-the-art graphics cards and processing speeds to let them play the most resource-intensive games. Plenty of people, though, don't need that much power or speed, as checking emails and streaming movies are the extent of their computer use. If that sounds like you, a casual computing laptop or netbook may be just the thing you're looking for. These laptops and netbooks are ideal for everyday use, like browsing the web, composing documents, storing pictures, and watching movies.

Buy a Certified Refurbished Casual Computing Laptop or Netbook

A Certified Refurbished laptop or netbook is a used item that has been renewed by a trusted eBay seller. All our Certified Refurbished sellers undergo strict quality control monitoring, ensuring they only sell the best to eBay buyers. Plus, each Certified Refurbished item sold on eBay comes with a like-new guarantee, a 2-year warranty, and a free return/replacement policy good for 30 days after receiving the product.

Is There a Difference Between a Netbook and a Laptop?

Yes, and it's all based on size and weight. Netbooks are generally just very small laptops under 11 inches, while laptops come in larger sizes.

Brands Available

You can shop laptops and netbooks from a bunch of trusted brands like Acer, Dell, HP, Apple, Lenovo, Samsung, and more. Here's a full list of brands you can purchase:

  • ASUS
  • Acer
  • Compaq
  • Dell
  • Fujitsu
  • Gateway
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Lenovo
  • Panasonic
  • RCA
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Toshiba

How to Pick the Right Laptop or Netbook

There are a few considerations to make when picking out the perfect laptop or netbook.

Operating System

You have three main OS choices when it comes to buying a laptop or netbook: Windows, macOS, and ChromeOS. You can't go wrong with either Windows or macOS (it's all comes down to personal preference), but do note that macOS is only available on Apple computers. ChromeOS, meanwhile, Chrome OS is an operating system designed by Google that uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. As a result, Chrome OS primarily supports web applications rather than traditional applications seen on Windows and macOS.

Screen Size

How big do you want your screen to be? Do you value fitting more content on your display, or would you rather have something smaller and more compact for when you're traveling?

Storage Space

Storage is cheaper than ever, and it's getting cheaper every day. That being said, files and programs are also getting bigger and bigger, which means it's vital to get a laptop or netbook with ample amount of hard drive space. For a casual user, 1TB should be more than enough, but if all you're doing is storing photos and music and watching movies, you may even be able to get away with 512GB. Still, it's worth thinking about how much local storage you'll be using on your laptop or netbook and getting a computer with enough space to hold all your content. With enough movies, music, and photos, you can end up filling up your hard drive pretty quickly!

Processor and Memory

Having a good processor and enough RAM (random access memory) allows your computer to run more applications at once -- and means your laptop or netbook will generally be speedier. The higher the GHz number on your laptop or netbook, the faster your processor will be. Likewise, the more RAM you have, the more powerful your computer will be. RAM options on our casual computing laptops and netbooks are varied, with some models coming with 12GB, 16GB, and 32GB of RAM packed in.

Battery Life

Lastly, you'll want something with a battery life that fits your lifestyle. If you'll be traveling a lot and won't have your laptop or netbook plugged in all the time, something with a long battery run time is recommended. Conversely, if you'll be home a lot and will be near power outlets, you might be able to get away with having a smaller battery on your computer.