Many netbooks have VGA ports that can be used to hook the device up to an external monitor, but some folks are worried that the quality of display on the external monitor may not be much better than that on the actual netbook.
If you’re one of those folks, the following may surprise you. The majority of netbooks run on an Intel GMA 950 (graphics) chipset, so a resolution of 2048×1536 at 32-bit color is actually possible.
In the picture below, a Toshiba NB205 netbook is hooked up to an external monitor that has a native resolution of 1920×1200. This is clearly a high enough resolution to have several windows and/or tabs open at the same time.
While it might not be ideal to run performance-intensive video games or high-definition movies on the combination of a netbook and external screen, for relatively basic tasks, you shouldn’t run into any problems.
Also, if you don’t want to use your netbook’s relatively small and cramped keyboard and touchpad, you could always connect a wireless mouse and keyboard through one of the netbook’s USB ports
Although your netbook may be quite convenient on-the-go, why not make it easier on your eyes and hands by hooking it up to an external monitor or two and some wireless accessories when you’re planning on being stationary for a while?