Netbooks cool down

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For the last year or so it’s looked very much liked the inexpensive, small computers known as “netbooks” were poised to storm the marketplace. But according to Future Tense news analyst Dwight Silverman, netbooks have hit a roadblock.

4 Responses to “Netbooks cool down”

  1. Derek Larson says:

    I have to disagree with the tone of this segment and the conclusion. I’ve recently replaced my 5+ pound, 16″ lap top with a netbook and I’m not looking back. Even if you disregard the convenient size and light weight of a netwook, what laptop will give you eight hours of use on a single charge? Battery life alone was enough to swing my to an EEPC and so far it’s been as advertised. I have a PC with a 22″ monitor in my kitchen, one with two 20″ monitors on my desk, and a third in the basement. But the netbook goes outside, in my briefcase, on the airplane, to the library– basically everywhere I could never take my large laptop with its two hour battery life, bulky form factor, and unnecessary processing power. The netbook does everything I need at 1/3 the weight, 1/3 the price, and 4x the battery life. There will continue to be a place for them until the Mac Air drops below $500.

    regards,

    Derek

  2. Don says:

    I just listened the this report online. I suggest that Dwight Silverman do a survey of the netbooks that are currently available. In the past year, they have gotten a little larger, 10 inch screens with nearly fulled sized keys, and greater storage, 160GB which is larger than any laptop drive that I have ever had.

    In addition, AT&T is selling a variety of models at discounted prices with built-in 3G modems.

    I would say that they are on the rise. There was a slowdown as the manufacturer updated their lines from geek toys to useful tools. I might even go as far to say that 2009 is the Year of the Netbook.

  3. Penny says:

    I don’t think it is reasonable to consider the downturn in sales a netbook phenomenon, since Mr. Silverman states the sales of all notebooks was down by the same amount. As previous posters note, the hard drive space is comparable to any notebook. Netbooks are easily hooked up to a regular keyboard and monitor while at home or the office. They can run Microsoft XP and most daily use software. The energy-efficient processor also runs HD movies better than the larger, low-end/priced laptops, according to Consumer Reports, though an external DVD drive is needed, or streaming video. Once you’re done at the desk, it’s a snap to carry. Netbooks and nettops are pretty much the only way to get XP factory installed on a new machine now, because of Microsoft licensing decisions. For those of us who aren’t gamers and use the computer for e-mail, web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, photo uploads and editing, netbooks and nettops are a nice, affordable, and easy option for replacement computers. I’ve had mine for about a year, and my husband just decided to replace his older desktop with one. It happens that for both of us, our work still requires us to have XP to run specific software, and there just isn’t much option out there in new machines. I’ve been extremely happy with mine!

  4. Penny says:

    In my previous post I cited Consumer Reports, which was my mistake. The comparison was on an online video review, for which I don’t have an address. However, I have played movies on the my netbook with good results myself, and it compares well to the older laptops in our household.