IHS iSuppli: No More Netbooks Beyond 2015

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Shalbatana

Glad that cheaper notebooks are showing up, but I would never trade my netbook for a tablet. I can't type with a tablet during my long train commute. That said, my netbook has extra ram in it, and though I can't play modern games, that's not what I wanted it for.

I have two eeepcs that ran linux and are all but useless mainly due to HD space restrictions, but I would certainly buy again the later model eeepc that I use on a daily basis.

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Baer

Most people bought a netbook because they were cheap. Once they realized just how limited, slow and clunky they were for anything beyond web pages and webmail they quickly fell out of favor. I will bet that almost no one bought a second one.

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AFDozerman

I was just given a netbook in anticipation of an upcoming deployment sometime in my not extremely distant future, and I can say that the thought of only having it for eight months is pretty scary. I would actually prefer my playbook to it.

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vrmlbasic

That bestbuy ultrabook is selling for about what I bought my netbook for, when all was said and done, 3 years ago this month.

I would have gladly taken muticore capabilities, a superior screen and Intel HD 4000 graphics over what I have now. As my disdain for Intel's graphics is something I take almost any opportunity to mention here I intend this to emphasize how horrid Intel's N450 setup was.

Obviously I'd prefer something with an AMD APU but almost anything is superior to the netbook.

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j_j_montez

Netbooks still have their place. My wife still uses a Dell Mini 1012 that I got for $160. I think the problem is that people expected too much, or that they weren't profitable enough to the manufacturers. I'm sure sales will continue to go down, but I'm sure the underpowered 10"-12" laptops will always be around.

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Sparx10

I'm not so sure. A 10 inch tablet with an attachable keyboard (like the Microsoft Surface) or a Bluetooth keyboard will surely replace them

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seanpyke

I agree they have there uses, as long as you don't expect much.

People expected full machines from these Netbooks. I have one and out of the box it barely ran. I had to upgrade the ram and really optimize the OS (win7 basic). Now that I have a tablet I retired the Netbook to run a printer. I think the biggest problem they had wasn't the hardware it was the OS.

It make me sad that consumers wanted Windows on these damn things and complained when it sucked. If they all had a fast booting light weight Linux OS they would have run just fine. Would have saved the manufactures a licencing fee too.

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pastorbob

+1

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PCWolf

Silly IHS iSuppli! Netbooks are not going extinct. All they did was take out the keyboard, replaced the standard bigger screen with a smaller touch screen, lowered the hardware specs, put in a McWeaksauce Arm CPU & installed the Android OS. All the hardware power of 2003 now in portable form, & people thinking its new!

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seanpyke

+1

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pastorbob

+1

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wumpus

netbook, ultrabook, notebook, paperback, trade, whatever.

Whats the difference?

Phone: must be so portable you never leave it behind (although you still need to both talk and listen to it at the same time).
E-reader: needs to be big enough to read, light enough to hold for hours. Specialized e-readers might lose the backlight for battery life.
Tablet: needs to be big enough so touch resolution becomes useful (not always true on the e-reader and below). Too big and it goes beyond unportable to unwieldy.
hybrid: tablet with keyboard. I expect this to take over, but neither software nor form factor are there yet.
notebook: portable computer with keyboard and mouse. Too small and it becomes too hard to use for much more than consumption (and tablets become better), too large and it becomes unportable (and desktops become better).
Desktops: Presently defined by replaceable components, likely defined soon by a monitor too big to easily carry around.

I suspect that the range of form factors of notebooks will shrink. The biggest might not due to the fashion of "computers=notebooks" that I can't begin to understand (don't try to take my full sized monitor away).

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Renegade Knight

It's all in the definition. The smaller Ultrabooks are essentially netbooks with better specs and higher prices. Of course those are also "Thin and lights" with better prices.

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