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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 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.

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