Report: Dell Kills All Netbooks
December 16, 2011 12:35 PM
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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
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
"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
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
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.
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Solution without a problem
12/16/2011 7:48:03 PM
The fact that netbooks sold at all for any length of time is a testament to the fact that people will buy anything if someone says it is popular or it is a brand new toy. People get on to Mac fans for being sheep all the time but this absolutely worthless product sold in the tens of millions.
I still cannot figure out why you would buy a $300 - $400 netbook.
RE: Solution without a problem
12/17/2011 12:43:05 AM
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
12/17/2011 8:10:10 AM
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.
RE: Solution without a problem
12/17/2011 11:27:21 PM
Hear hear, netbooks were always trash, never fooled me for a second
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