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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Let's not forget
12/20/2011 4:04:42 PM
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.
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