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Dell ends netbook line
Focus will be on thin and powerful machines

For a few years, the netbook world was jumping with the small (and relatively inexpensive) machines were selling very well. That netbook heyday is over now with sales of the small machines dropping as the tablet becomes the portable computing device of choice for many people. One of the more popular Dell netbooks to launch was the Mini 10 back in 2009.
That netbook was reasonably popular, but the sales waned during its production run. Dell has now announced that it is no longer going to sell netbooks. The company will instead focus on its more recent successes with thin and powerful machines that compete against the Apple MacBook Air and other models such as the new Dell 15z.
"We sold through the Dell Mini some time ago. We're committed to the highly portable space and have focused on delivering thin + powerful solutions, for which we've seen strong success, particularly in our XPS line," Matthew Hutchison, director of Dell Global Consumer PR told CNET in an email.
The fall from grace for the netbook began when Apple rolled out the iPad during the second half of 2010 and many consumers flocked to the tablets rather than netbooks and notebooks. Even Intel has moved on now with the company focusing on Ultrabooks rather than netbooks.
Intel is working hard to promote the Ultrabook, which was originally promised at a price of under $1,000. Some of the machines were offered at that low price, but many of the Ultrabooks on the market sell for much more than $1,000.
Some companies like Acer see the Ultrabook as a way to become more profitable like Apple. Apple is able to sell premium notebooks at very high prices (compared to its PC competition), and its customers still keep coming back for more.

Source: CNET

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By Homerboy on 12/16/2011 1:04:26 PM , Rating: 3
I have to say I love our junky little netbook.
Perfect for sitting on the coach and browsing while watching TV/movies/sports. I don't want a tablet (want a real KB) and ultras are two $$$.

RE: bummer
By Hulk on 12/16/2011 1:21:48 PM , Rating: 1
It is strange that you would want to sit on the Coach while browsing? What did the Coach ever do to you what makes you want to sit on him/her?

RE: bummer
By ClownPuncher on 12/16/2011 2:48:00 PM , Rating: 4
Buddy, you just got Sandusky'd

RE: bummer
By piroroadkill on 12/18/2011 9:59:36 AM , Rating: 2
Bravo, bravo

RE: bummer
By Lazlo Panaflex on 12/19/2011 11:18:54 AM , Rating: 2
Craig T. Nelson approves this message!

RE: bummer
By kraeper on 12/16/2011 1:58:40 PM , Rating: 2
I like mine too, because I don't worry about it breaking while traveling. It's decently built, and cheap enough it wouldn't be the end of the world if it did take a tumble down a flight of stairs. Tablets seem neat, but the lack of keyboard limits their usefulness to me.

RE: bummer
By V-Money on 12/16/2011 6:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
You could always get a Bluetooth keyboard or the transformer prime. I've played around with many a netbooks, but I think I actually get more use out of my tablet than most people I've seen get out of their netbooks (before anyone argues this point, I don't get significant usage out of my tablet, I still use my laptop quite a bit more, but I use it more relative to a netbook).

RE: bummer
By ender707 on 12/16/2011 9:25:21 PM , Rating: 3
You could, but not for less than 300, with a full version of Windows 7.

Most people have phones that do everything the tablet can do anyway.

RE: bummer
By V-Money on 12/17/2011 12:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
If you find the right deal you can, I got my setup for under 200 because of HPs firesale, and Woot has tablets on it all the time. As for Win7 and functionality like a phone, I agree, but if I need win 7 for anything its usually something that requires more power than a netbook can provide, and I take lots of notes on my touchpad that I would never attempt to with a phone.

RE: bummer
By Mint on 12/17/2011 8:13:09 AM , Rating: 2
And what about people who used a netbook in lieu of a notebook instead of augmenting it? Still think they would get more use out of a tablet?

By TheRequiem on 12/16/2011 1:01:23 PM , Rating: 1
Glad to see they are going away in favor of more aesthetically elegant and low-power Ultrabooks & Tablets.

RE: Good...
By TheRequiem on 12/16/2011 1:47:22 PM , Rating: 2
Btw, not to mention that these Ultrabooks are expected to come way down in price over the next few years as soon as demand picks up and there will be dozens of them. Also, mid-range tablets are already the same price of netbooks.

RE: Good...
By lagomorpha on 12/16/2011 4:12:32 PM , Rating: 4
Call me when ultrabooks are at $250 to match netbooks or it's as easy to type on a tablet. Until then netbooks simply make more sense than either for most people.

RE: Good...
By V-Money on 12/16/2011 6:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Bluetooth keyboard for my Touchpad, and with the case that also acts as a stand I can take notes just as easily as I could with a netbook, arguably easier since its lighter and smaller and it starts up instantly. I don't have need for the extra functionality that a netbook offers because I have a full featured laptop at home.

RE: Good...
By TheRequiem on 12/16/2011 7:02:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, going back to what I said, you've got to give it time and they will. The important thing to recognize is that Ultrabooks will be much better. Word comes from none other than Asus CEO Jerry Shen, who quoted a price range of $600-$900 for Asus' future Ivy Bridge ultrabooks. That's already a 50% reduction in cost and they are much more faster/ functional and feature full OS's on them, not dumbed down versions. It's a good start.

RE: Good...
By TakinYourPoints on 12/18/2011 4:59:01 AM , Rating: 2
They only make sense for people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

RE: Good...
By BSMonitor on 12/19/2011 9:33:01 AM , Rating: 2
Donkey, Ultrabooks aren't for you. Ultrabooks are not designed as an entertainment/browsing device. They are meant to be powerful laptop replacements in a small form factor.

So, as I would love a V8 convertible under $10K, I cannot expect the auto companies to give away more performance because I am a cheap, couch riding POS.

RE: Good...
By markhahn on 12/17/2011 3:26:03 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, it's good for the economy that people buy $1000 ultrabooks rather than $200 netbooks. right?

RE: Good...
By BSMonitor on 12/19/2011 9:34:53 AM , Rating: 2
Why would anyone think an ultrabook is anything close to compariable to a netbook.

They serve two completely different functions.

no loss
By markhahn on 12/17/2011 3:34:31 PM , Rating: 3
no loss for Dell to leave the netbook market, which is still large enough to support several vendors. it's absurd to think that ultrabooks costing $1k or more are going to replace netbooks, or that $600 tablets meet the same need.

cheap, light, all-day use and a keyboard: the definition of a netbook. they don't have to run windows, or even have x86 in them. subtract the keyboard and yes, you get a tablet, though somehow the price goes way up. drop the "cheap" requirement and yes, you get an ultrabook.

room for variety: that's why it's called a market.

RE: no loss
By Dorkyman on 12/17/2011 4:33:53 PM , Rating: 3
You just don't understand.

Apple doesn't endorse netbooks. Therefore, netbooks are a bad idea.

Apple sells pads. Therefore, pads are a wonderful idea. And if you need to type an email, Apple will sell you a keyboard. But don't ever attach the keyboard to the pad. Then it would become a netbook, and we've already gone over that.

Hope that clarifies things.

RE: no loss
By kishorshack on 12/17/2011 6:10:41 PM , Rating: 2
True man
But these dumb ass holes wont ever get that
I just told my frnds, samsung uses the same hardware parts which it supplies to apple in its phones
But then he still was adamant and believes that the parts used in samsung phones are inferior n apple used superior quality hardware
Someone Kill Me
So these days TAGs decides quality
WTF man

By atomicarnage on 12/16/2011 1:52:20 PM , Rating: 2
Jobs is grinning in his coffin right now

RE: __
By lagomorpha on 12/16/2011 4:15:02 PM , Rating: 5
No, he's still crying over the failed attempt to shut down Android.

oh well
By sprockkets on 12/16/2011 1:45:33 PM , Rating: 3
I loved that Dell Mini 9 - completely fanless and solid state. Only issue was it couldn't handle flash video well.

Well done Intel
By superstition on 12/16/2011 10:05:11 PM , Rating: 3
Intel should be credited for dragging its feet so long on Atom development.

My work bought 10 of these
By jdietz on 12/16/2011 1:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
We found they worked well for what we needed them for - operation of a data collection instrument using Windows XP software.

Let's not forget
By HangFire on 12/20/2011 4:04:42 PM , Rating: 2
The REAL reason for the failure of netbooks- they needed an O/S license priced appropriately for their size, and Microsoft dictated no dual core, no SSD, and a very low resolution screen to get (extended life) XP. This began a race to the bottom with wide-screen lo-rez screens that were unable to show any Web content after desktop, browser application and window dressing real estate was consumed.

Once they were useless for the web, the advantage of having a keyboard was pointless, well, any other advantage was pointless, they were just slow, useless things.

Sony Z Series
By obsessedwithpc on 1/7/2012 10:40:07 AM , Rating: 2
Sony has those amazing net-books. The Z Series. It's amazing. I was trying to find the Mini 10 today and couldn't find them from Dell

Solution without a problem
By tayb on 12/16/11, Rating: -1
RE: Solution without a problem
By Boze on 12/17/2011 12:43:05 AM , Rating: 2
I've had my Acer netbook for over two years now. I keep it downstairs on an end table next to my couch in the den. I use it to check e-mail when I watch a movie or streaming television.

I bought it for $289.00 at the Navy Exchange in Meridian, Mississippi. While I don't use it everyday, I use it often; probably two to three times a week.

It fulfills the purpose of any tablet on the market and a whole lot more. Occasionally I type up documents and work on some spreadsheets as well.

For whatever reason, your needs aren't the same as mine. That's fine. But to demand that I use what you want me to use because you don't like the form factor that I prefer, its arrogant beyond belief.

RE: Solution without a problem
By Mint on 12/17/2011 8:10:10 AM , Rating: 5
This is just sheer ignorance.

Netbooks were revolutionary because they dropped the price of a 3lb usable computer from $1500+ to <$500. The reason ultraportables were so expensive before is that Intel was really the only CPU maker that could make a decently performing low-power CPU, so they kept the price high. Only when they sensed that AMD or VIA were getting close to being able to produce a value alternative did they release the Atom.

For you to call it a worthless product just speaks to your elitist narrow-mindedness. Netbooks were a godsend for people looking for value and portability. That's why it sold tens of millions, not because it was worthless you prick.

They only reason that they're being phased out now is that their job is done. No longer do ULV CPUs cost an arm and a leg. AMD has released Brazos. Notebook prices have come crashing down, regularly costing $300.

By TakinYourPoints on 12/17/2011 11:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
Hear hear, netbooks were always trash, never fooled me for a second

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