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Dell Kills All Netbooks

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Christo [PCD]
Mon Dec 19 2011, 11:31am
Christo [PCD] Main Admin Registered Member #1 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 10:48am
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Focus will be on thin and powerful machines

For a few years, the netbook world was jumping with the small (and relatively inexpensive) machines were selling very well. That netbook heyday is over now with sales of the small machines dropping as the tablet becomes the portable computing device of choice for many people. One of the more popular Dell netbooks to launch was the Mini 10 back in 2009.

That netbook was reasonably popular, but the sales waned during its production run. Dell has now announced that it is no longer going to sell netbooks. The company will instead focus on its more recent successes with thin and powerful machines that compete against the Apple MacBook Air and other models such as the new Dell 15z.

"We sold through the Dell Mini some time ago. We're committed to the highly portable space and have focused on delivering thin + powerful solutions, for which we've seen strong success, particularly in our XPS line," Matthew Hutchison, director of Dell Global Consumer PR told CNET in an email.

The fall from grace for the netbook began when Apple rolled out the iPad during the second half of 2010 and many consumers flocked to the tablets rather than netbooks and notebooks. Even Intel has moved on now with the company focusing on Ultrabooks rather than netbooks.

Intel is working hard to promote the Ultrabook, which was originally promised at a price of under $1,000. Some of the machines were offered at that low price, but many of the Ultrabooks on the market sell for much more than $1,000.

Some companies like Acer see the Ultrabook as a way to become more profitable like Apple. Apple is able to sell premium notebooks at very high prices (compared to its PC competition), and its customers still keep coming back for more.

Source: CNET


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Synthetic_Darkness
Tue Jan 03 2012, 08:53am
Synthetic_Darkness Registered Member #153 Joined: Sat Jun 03 2006, 10:14pm
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I'm really not much of a fan of really slim overly expensive notebooks.
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Dade_182
Mon Jan 09 2012, 08:37am
Dade_182 Admin Registered Member #308 Joined: Tue May 15 2007, 11:36am
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I'm more of a Desktop guy. Only have a notebook thanks to my work. Nevermind a netbook. Though my boss has one...and an ipad...not that a local flight will drain the battery of either one of them so I don't see the need to have both.

I think a couple of companies might stop making netbooks due to the recent craze over tablets. Does pretty much the same thing minus the fold open keyboard.
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