Intel Still Clinging to Cedar Trail M Platform for Netbooks

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Renegade Knight

One reason netbooks are dying is that Ultrabooks (and almost as good clones) are actually what they should have been. That and tablets doing much the same job.

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vrmlbasic

Ultrabooks aren't in the netbook price range, and the Ultrabook does not perform at levels befitting either to its name or its rather lofty price.

I support the tablet theory. It pains me that there are many tablets out there with screen resolutions that vastly exceed those of ultrabooks.

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PCLinuxguy

Agreed. Ultrabooks are supposed to basically be Macbook Air "clones" for Windows users to compete in the same market space. Tablets succeeded at what netbooks were trying to be when they were released: a low powered portable computer. However they were too low powered/spec'd and the Windows OS on them was crippled. Sure you could upgrade the ram and OS to a real version of Windows, or Linux, but the average consumer wouldn't understand how to do either of those things; all they do is purchase, use and then get rid of and bitch about what they can't get to work even if it's a simple fix.

Smartphones and Tablets offer the same portability as netbooks, but with what feels like more power, and an OS (iOS or Android) designed to use the lower powered hardware efficiently and not feel sluggish like the netbook and caused the smart devices to boom.

The only thing I find humorous is how some people blasted netbooks for their 10.1 inch screens but then faun over the 10.1 inch screen of a tablet. Not so much on the quality of the screen but the size of the screen/device.

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gamingwithnetbooks

Cedar Trail running Windows 8?!?!?! Intel refuses to make drivers for the GMA 3600 for Win7 x64, let alone Win8. My N2600 netbook would be pretty great for some super-portable League of Legends and Team Fortress 2 if the drivers were worth anything (on low settings, of course). Instead, I have a sluggish that chokes on 1999 games using the 1st Unreal Engine. I'm wishing I would've bought a Fusion notebook.

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Peanut Fox

I think there's a few Cedar Trail based tablets in the wild with Window 8 on them. Long term graphics support doesn't seem like something Intel is interested in.

I don't think going with Ion would have help all that much today. Intel did a fine job of killing off all nVida chipsets.

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vrmlbasic

You're not alone. When I bought mine 3 years ago for the form factor I didn't see much in the way of Ion-enabled netbooks and so I went with the horrid Intel graphics. Huge mistake, one that has scared me away from a machine that has only Intel Integrated Graphics as its sole GPU, for life.

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vrmlbasic

I'm not sure which I despise more:the Atom processor or the Chromebook.

BTW, how is the Chromebook, which requires fairly high quality internet access, functioning in numbers high enough to concern Intel in "developing nations"?

If China, North Korea & Vietnam count as "developing nations" then I'm all for them using the Atom processor as it'll retard their progress. That the Vietnamese likely manufacture them is almost just. ;)

I liked the long battery life and small form factor of the netbook, but I can't countenance the horribly low-tech components that they use. I especially regret that their GPUs were horribly gimped; Nvidia tried but Ion didn't saturate the market. Netbooks in the 300 dollar range were far worse in specs than the 400-500 dollar "disposable" notebooks, far more than "100-200 dollars" worse.

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captainjack

If I had a nickel for every time Digitimes cited an an un-named source in some random supply chain, I would be a very rich man.

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j_j_montez

For my next computer setup, I'll have the powerful desktop at home, and an 11" for class and the road. There's a laptop with a Celeron processor for $268. Because it's not an Atom, would the readers here consider it a netbook? The Celeron performs much better than the Atom, so I can see it as tolerable. If I could install windows on an Acer Chromebook, I would do that instead.

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dgrmouse

With an 11" display and a Celeron processor, I would consider it a netbook.

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j_j_montez

That's what I thought too. 11" with a pentium or lower, I would consider a netbook.

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