Have you had a netbook before? If so, were you ever happy with it? If not, do you expect this thing to actually be a good computer?
What I mean is unless you absolutely know what you are getting into, you will not be happy with a netbook. I have a netbook we got once about a year ago on a whim sitting totally unused in a corner because we realized pretty quickly it was not very useful for anything and was actually pretty annoying to use. Annoying enough that I wouldn’t wish that kind of annoyance to anyone. Some people are happy with their netbooks, but I would say most people are not.
The above tatement from an Acer rep gives some pretty strong signals about their (waning) commitment to netbooks, including Gateways. I might worry about that.[/quote]
I’ve got a netbook (it is a 12 inch, though, so it may not really count as a netbook anymore) and am quite content with it. I would never buy a huge notebook, which is too large to carry around. My screen has a resolution of 1280x800, which is perfectly fine. The only thing which is a little bit annoying is the speed, but well, it was not that expensive. Maybe the next time I would buy a subnotebook, which is faster, but still has the same display size.
A tablet is of course nice, but I wouldn’t compare these two computers. Having a real operating system is still a real plus over a tablet. It depends what you want to do with a device. A netbook is not always bad. If you have a real fast computer, and need the netbook just for travelling, or sitting in the train or something like that, a netbook is definitely fine. Tablets seem nice to sit on the couch, toilet or train and surf in the Internet, but I guess you cannot really work with them. Just having Word, Excel and some other programmes on a netbook is an advantage over tablets.
The only real disadvantage of a netbook is the speed: If you want to play games or watch HD movies, you cannot do that. For using word or something like that, it is still sufficient. But it always depends on what you want to do. For me as a university student, a netbook is nice to take to university. I see no one in university who has a tablet or a real notebook, everyone uses netbooks.
I would definitely vote for HDMI, though. I compared 1920x1080 with VGA and HDMI on my computer monitor, and VGA was really bad. And, worse: My television does not even support 1920x1080 with VGA. it stops at 1280x1024, so you cannot even use the entire resolution (you may check that in the manual of your TV). Try connecting your ordinary PC with your television, you will see how bad the quality looks. HDMI is cristal clear, though.
(and, don’t underestimate this: you don’t have to connect audio, because it comes right away with HDMI. Just connect the HDMI cable with the TV, select “computer monitor and HDMI” or “only HDMI” with the FN keys on the netbok, and he automatically detects the best resolution and will give you sound on TV. It couldn’t be easier. On contrast, with VGA: Connect VGA and audio, select output, check the resolution, adjust it, get bad image.