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    The future of netbooks

    We are starting to look at a big update to our system. New servers, network upgrade and wireless. We had a supplier in last week and he told us that manufcturers are moving away from Netbooks in favour of Tablets. Is he right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    We had a supplier in last week and he told us that manufacturers are moving away from Netbooks in favour of tablets. Is he right?
    He's correct. Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Acer have all stopped making netbooks since ultrabooks and tablets are far more profitable. Sales of netbooks are declining fast (it's not hard to see why).

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    I don't think that's 100% correct. Netbooks for Ultrabooks yes, but not Netbooks for Tablets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I don't think that's 100% correct. Netbooks for Ultrabooks yes, but not netbooks for tablets.
    It is definitely correct. You only have to look at the devices manufacturers are producing now and in the near future to realise netbooks won't be around for long.

    Netbooks are being replaced with tablets/slates and other thin-and-light devices - ultrabooks, ARM-based laptops (Samsung Chromebook XE303C12), hybrid laptops (Asus Taichi, Dell XPS Duo 12), ultraportable laptops (Lenovo Thinkpad X131e), other cheap laptops (Acer Aspire V5, HP 635) etc. Which one you choose simply depends on what you are going to be using it for.

    Lenovo has stopped selling netbooks through its website and hasn't decided if it will start selling them again there in the future, the company said on Friday.

    The netbook models that were available have sold out and are "not being replaced in the near future," Lenovo spokesman Ray Gorman said via email. He didn't say if Lenovo will continue selling netbooks at retail.

    "We are having solid success with our IdeaPad Tablet K1 and IdeaPad Tablet A1, and are generating good traffic on our website for those," Gorman said.

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    Lenovo's decision is the latest indicator that consumers are shunning netbooks in favor of tablets and low-cost laptops. Dell has stopped offering netbooks and Hewlett-Packard and Acer have scaled back their offerings.

    After a few years of resounding success, netbook sales started slowing in the second half of 2010 and have been declining ever since, said IDC analyst Jay Chou. Apple's iPad, which ignited the tablet market, went on sale in April 2010.

    Netbook shipments totaled 6.3 million in the fourth quarter last year, down 29 percent, or almost a third, from the fourth quarter a year earlier. Netbooks accounted for only 6.8 percent of PC shipments in last year's fourth quarter.

    All the major netbook vendors saw shipments drop in excess of 30 percent during the fourth quarter, Chou said. Lenovo's shipments dropped 43 percent. (Source)
    Acer has been dipping into the red over the past year. Its sales have slumped and profitability on what it is making is careening into the floor. The answer? Stop making netbooks.

    This comes directly from Acer’s CEO J.T Wang in an interview with Dow Jones. The general aim is to completely shift Acer’s focus from making low end products to high end products.

    “We will shift our strategy to improving profitability from pursuing market share blindly with cheap and unprofitable products,” said Wang. Step one of this will be to kill off the netbook, just like Samsung. Step two is to focus all its energy on Ultrabooks and better tablets than Acer is currently making. (Source)
    You could say Lenovo's Thinkpad X131e is a netbook, except without the artificial screen and RAM limits imposed by Intel/Microsoft, slow processor and gimped OS (Windows 7 Starter).

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    is anyone sad to see them go?
    slow tiny screens and a decent one isnt much cheaper than a faster laptop with a usable screen

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    is anyone sad to see them go?
    slow tiny screens and a decent one isnt much cheaper than a faster laptop with a usable screen
    yes I love netbooks backpacking and the like they were great and I will continue to use mine.

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    Never ever liked them, recomended against the purchase of 300 of them.

    The purchase went ahead and they have not been successful.



    My Asus Transformer though, I use that all the time. Both with and without the Keyboard dock.

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    You just can't Word Process on a tablet. We'll all be one finger wizards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    You just can't Word Process on a tablet. We'll all be one finger wizards
    But that's how kids type anyway and little seems to be done to teach them to type correctly. We used to try but it was never reinforced. When you see how fast kids can text on their mobiles, I'm not sure if it's an issue and by the time they are working, on-screen keyboards may be the norm.

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    We have 33 in one school and 66 in the other and they have been really successful

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    You just can't word process on a tablet.
    You can with a keyboard cover or keyboard dock.


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    But with a keyboard dock...it's a netbook, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    But with a keyboard dock...it's a netbook, isn't it?
    It may look like a netbook, but netbooks usually do not have high-res touchscreens and two batteries (one in the tablet and another in the dock itself).

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    But it is essentially a notebook/netbook still. It has a physical keyboard, as it's just not possible to type as fast on a tablet (virtual keyboard).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    it's just not possible to type as fast on a tablet (virtual keyboard).
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