The Death Of The Netbook, Again
"While PC makers are running full-speed to chase the iPad's success, it's notable that just as quickly they've stopped talking about Netbooks. Some people call them mini-notebooks. Even more people now call them that thing that's bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a laptop that looks more than a little bit clunky next to a tablet device."
Oh no! If you want a netbook, you better go out and buy one fast! From all the press that it has been getting, you would think that manufacturers would be panicking and switching all their factories over to making slates! At 8.4 million shipped in the second quarter of this year, that still sounds like quite a healthy number. And there are some developments, although marginal, in the netbook space. Netbooks just do not have the sparkle they once had and have largely stagnated. If they were to drop in price, or offer something new like great performance (which may be coming!) or 3D acceleration (which is possible!) and more creative designs, consumers might be willing to buy more. I still think that netbooks are a great value, and will continue to exist for years to come. They just are no longer the hot topic.