I am traveling in Italy, Austria and Germany next month.I will be taking a standard plug adapter for small appliances - curling iron, razor etc - this adapter has worked on previous trips. However this year I will be taking a small netbook computer . Do I need a special or different adapter for a computer?
Just look at the power block on the AC cord. You may need a magnifier to read the tiny print on it. If it says 100-240V, 50-60 Hz, you're good to go with just the plug adapter. It would be unusual if your netbook doesn't have that kind of dual-voltage AC supply.
Your Netbook probably has a 3 prong grounded plug. Your adaptor is probably 2 prong if its like mine. I just chose an adaptor that was thin enough to slip on, leaving the ground prong outside the adaptor. The computer wasn't grounded that way, but it worked fine.
I've been through a bunch of adapters over the years and have know a friend who got shocked with a cheap one when the plastic fell off. AND, if it is designed to be grounded you really should ground it. I carry these now and think they are the best all around for adapting from the US plug to the European Schuko plug, they are well built, grounded, fit in the sockets well and don't fall out of the socket if the cord weights them down: At Amazon search: "Heavy Duty Grounded USA American To European German Schuko Outlet Plug Adapter" Sorry, Rick didn't like my link for some reason.
This website probably didn't like your link because it contained a '?'. No, the website is just not working right today, as usual. Cut and paste this one. http://www.amazon.com/VCT-VP-11B-Grounded-Adapter/dp/B003C1MFYI/ref=rec_dp_2 That adapter will work in Germany and Austria, and in some, but not all, receptacles in Italy. I used an ungrounded (2 pin) adapter for years and never had a problem. But, if you have a grounding pin on your brick, the 2 pin version might not work in Italy, either (the grounding pin on your line doesn't fit in the adapter and interferes with the receptacle).
Thanks for the information. The plug is not grounded so it sounds like my basic Europe 2 pin adapter should work.