Best Buy will begin selling the MSI Wind netbook on its website and in stores within the next few weeks. The retailer also sells the Eee PC 900. So it shouldn’t be too big a surprise that the company decided to add a netbook information page to its web site. When you select the “computers” drop down menu on the Best Buy web page, you’ll see a new netbook option. Cool, right?
And then you get to the description of a netbook. “Netbooks may look like laptops,” the page says “but they don’t have the full capabilities of a computer.”
They run Windows XP, Vista, OS X, or Linux. They have web browsers, office suites, play games and handle multimedia. They have full keyboards, Ethernet ports, Wireless cards and VGA ports. How exactly are they not computers? Is it because they don’t have DVD-ROM drives? Because by that logic most modern PCs aren’t computers because they don’t have floppy disk drives. And everybody knows you need a floppy disk drive to be a real computer.
But I doubt it’s the lack of an optical disc drive that led Best Buy to claim that netbooks aren’t computers (even though they’re listed under the Computer drop-down menu). Rather, Best Buy says netbooks are “great for travel or as a supplement to your main PC.” Translation: Please buy two computers from us, OK?
Honestly, I don’t know too many people who would pick up a netbook and use it as their primary computer because most are underpowered by modern PC standards. But that doesn’t mean a netbook isn’t a PC. It’s just not a very powerful PC.