Two years ago netbooks were all the rage, but how quickly fortunes can fade. Over the last year the market has been losing share to low cost notebooks and tablets at an astonishing pace, leading some manufacturers to back out completely. Toshiba is the latest OEM to call it quits, and the new Toshiba Portege Z830 shown here will never see the light of day here in North America.
The Portege looked like a pretty impressive machine by netbook standards, featuring the new N2600 Cedar Trail Intel chip, however unless you happen to find yourself vacationing in “emerging markets” it will probably be a bit hard to track down. Acer, Asus, and HP are still selling netbooks in North America if you are looking for alternatives, but we can’t help but wonder if this isn’t the start of a larger trend.
With volumes dropping off, and margins so thin, will netbooks die a slow painful death over the next few years? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.