Asus Blames iPad for Lackluster Netbook Sales

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Keith E. Whisman

The whole idea of a netbook is in it's name.. Net as in Internet. The idea is to offer a lite weight, portable, small, and laptop with great battery life for internet connectivity on the go. Not really designed for productivity though the convertible netbook/tablets do suggest some productivity value. My doctors office is full of these little convertible laptops with 10" touch screen LCD's and I've been able to play with a few of them and they are great. My doctor is a little bit of a nerd himself. 

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Blues22475

Looking for a scapegoat for poor sales. I don't think it may have anything to do with the iPad so much as the fact that people can buy a laptop (granted a higher price tag) that has more functionality and portability (a little less than a netbook but still). Moreover, I doubt people just buy a netbook to solely do work on (which what a netbook's purpose seems to be linked to).

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Walnut

Netbooks are a lousy form factor. They're lightweight which makes them portable, but you still need a good deal of space to use them effectively. It's been pretty obvious from the beginning that tablets would win out. That said, I think Asus is giving the iPad a bit too much credit. It's a big, expensive toy. If it were able to do real work half-way optimally, I'd have one and not be waiting for Notion Ink's offering.

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Keith E. Whisman

Come on, it shouldn't be all that hard to figure out that Netbooks are dead and the new direction should be tablets. The only reason why netbooks were great is because of there extreme portability, well tablets are infinitely more portable. Tablets should also have much longer battery life and better ease of use. 

Tablets should have a 10" OLED Capacitive, multi-touch display, an SSD, an forward and rear facing camera, USB3 ports, speakers, headphone jacks, 4gigs of DDR3 ram, fastest damn multi/many core System on a Chip, and a Ten Hour battery life with Windows 7 or equivalent high end OS. 

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pseudonary

Netbooks aren't dead yet, and that's partly because they have they're own niche and cater to different people. Some people want something light and portable but still want a tactile keyboard. More importantly, tablets like the one you described don't exist yet afaik and won't for at least a few months. Also, a tablet with an SSD, USB3 ports, 4GB of RAM, a multicore proc, and Win7 would probably cost upwards of $600, in which case most consumers would give up the extra portability and just buy a laptop.

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bikerbub

i won't get a dedicated tablet for the same reason i didn't opt for the Droid Incredible.

I need a keyboard, and it's frustrating as hell for me to type without one.

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Keith E. Whisman

This is MaximumPC after all, why not Maximum Tablet all the way :)

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