Apple currently owns the tablet market. Diehard Windows fans know it, Amazon knows it, and anyone with a basic understand of numbers knows it. That doesn't mean the iPad 2 is the best tablet on the market, though it's certainly arguable. It just means that in terms of market share, Apple is to the tablet market as Microsoft is to the browser scene. Should PC manufactures concede defeat and move on to other form factors, like Intel's Ultrabook and AMD's ultra-whatever?
Dell entered the netbook market with the Inspiron Mini 9 a little over three years ago, at a time when these small form-factor mobile computers were a hot commodity. Entering the netbook market wasn’t so much a choice as a a necessity back then. But with the halcyon days of netbooks now well behind us, that’s no longer the case. In fact, things have changed so much that Dell has decided to exit the netbook market.
The Chromebook is nice, but is it $500 nice? Is it really better than spending a few bucks to upgrade an old netbook into a comparable browser-based portable PC?
We took a year-old Samsung NF310 netbook with a dual-core Atom CPU, upped the RAM to 2GB, and replaced its hard drive with a 20GB Intel Larson Creek SSD, then installed Joli OS 1.2. We pitted our creation against a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook to see whether a homebrew 'Jolibook' can hang.
Any reports you may have read about the death of netbooks are greatly exaggerated, and doubly with regards to Acer ditching its netbook business. Addressing recent rumors suggesting Samsung is getting ready to cut off production of 10.1-inch netbooks, Acer vice president Scott Lin wanted to make it clear his company will not be following suit.
Having trouble deciding between a notebook, tablet, or desktop PC? You're not alone, and Gigabyte hopes everyone who's on the fence about which type of PC to purchase will consider the company's new Booktop T1132, the first and only 3-in-1 notebook on the market, according to Gigabyte. The trick is in the rotatable docking station, which transforms the T1132 into all three types of PCs.
A French website claims Samsung is telling its partners via email that it intends to stop producing netbooks in 2012 and will shift its focus towards Intel's Ultrabook form factor and classic ultraportables measuring 11.6 inches and 12 inches. If true, it would mean no more 10.1-inch PCs like the popular NC10 from Samsung.
Everyone's attention is currently fixated on handheld devices like tablets and smartphones, but at least one chip maker hasn't forgotten about netbooks and nettops. Intel has quietly come out with four new Atom processors split evenly between these two segments, including the N2600 and N2800 for netbooks, and D2500 and D2700 for nettop systems.
Taking on Intel in the microprocessor space is a monumental task, a point that's underscored by IHS iSuppli's latest market share data. But if there's on area in which Intel can ill afford to blink, it's in mobile. Tablets are taking over, netbooks aren't as sexy as they once were, and ARM is in position to dominate the field. Can Intel's Atom processor line turn things around?
Asustek’s $200 Eee PC X101 might not be enough to prevent MeeGo from withering on the vine, but it’s a lot better than nothing at all. If you are one of those few tech conservationists considering rescuing this endangered species of mobile OS, it’s time for some action. The 10-inch MeeGo netbook is now up for pre-order from a couple of e-tailers in the States, with a third online retailer even listing it as being in stock. Hit the jump for specs.