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Sales are expected to drop 72 percent from 2012 to 2013

Netbooks are seeing their end days, according to a recent report, and the final date to be placed on their grave marker will be 2015. 

A new IHS iSuppli Compute Electronics market tracker report says that netbook sales will continue decreasing significantly until they hit zero in 2015. 

A total of 3.97 million netbooks are expected to be sold in 2013, which is a 72 percent drop from 14.13 million sales in 2012. 

In 2014, this number will continue to fall to 264,000 units, and in 2015 will be zero.

Netbooks, which are small, lightweight and inexpensive laptop computers, made their debut in 2007. They proved to be a good option for those who didn't want to pay for a large and expensive laptop. It was cheap and easy portability, and could perform various tasks despite not being a full-powered laptop.

Netbooks hit their peak in 2010 with 32.14 million sales, but ever since, they've been on the decline. According to the IHS iSuppli report, Apple's iPad tablet plays a large role in the death of the netbook. 

The first iPad was introduced in March 2010, and acted as a powerful, lightweight tablet computer. The new form factor and way of computing attracted customers, leaving netbooks in the dust.

Soon, tablets started coming in all sizes, prices and types of operating systems. They catered to the same customers that netbooks did -- cheaper, lightweight and small computers. 

In regards to the iPad, netbooks still trumped in price. But soon, many other affordable tablets rushed to the scene and pushed netbooks aside entirely. 

The report noted that many notebook OEMs have already terminated production of netbooks at this point. 

As far as the rest of the PC market, the IHS iSuppli report said PC shipments in 2013 will hit about 353.0 million units, up 3 percent from 341.3 million units in 2012. 

Source: iSuppli

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And cheap laptops
By aliasfox on 4/30/2013 4:19:16 PM , Rating: 4
Building a business on an inferior product that only sells because it's cheap (and offers no other benefits) is probably not sustainable in the long run.

If Best Buy and Walmart can sell full size AMD equipped laptops starting at $300, then the appeal of netbooks, even with keyboards, is low. Low end tablets for ~$150 and high end tablets for $400 have the 'portable' end of the market covered, and cheap 'real' laptops have the computer end of things covered. There's not really much room for a cheap tiny laptop where the screen's not so good, the keyboard's too small, and the processor too slow to comfortably use a full fledged OS.

iPad may have started slaying the netbook, but it definitely wasn't the only thing.

RE: And cheap laptops
By Philippine Mango on 4/30/2013 5:03:47 PM , Rating: 5
The netbook was a response to expensive laptops but now they're cheap, no need for them.

RE: And cheap laptops
By StevoLincolnite on 4/30/2013 7:55:52 PM , Rating: 3
Not to mention a vast majority use Intel Atom which hasn't really changed in performance for the last 5+ years, they stuggle with even the most basic tasks.

RE: And cheap laptops
By techyguy on 5/1/2013 12:24:42 AM , Rating: 3
Is there a $300 Laptop that has 2 USB ports, Ethernet Port, Full Sized SD Card Slot, 10 Inches, and can run Microsoft Office, that isn't a Netbook?

This is my throw around computer that has come in handy on quiet a few occasions.

RE: And cheap laptops
By w8gaming on 5/1/2013 7:10:11 AM , Rating: 3
Well, it is not exactly as low as $300 but close, at $359, you get everything you listed there.

Even though the CPU is not exactly Core series, but it beats Atom hands down. Performance is generally equivalent to mainstream computer in 2010 or so.

RE: And cheap laptops
RE: And cheap laptops
By Demon-Xanth on 5/1/2013 9:56:32 AM , Rating: 2
However I'd go for this over that one personally:

RE: And cheap laptops
By lagomorpha on 5/1/2013 9:58:59 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, just bought one for a friend of mine the other day.

Even has a Sandy Bridge CPU and USB 3.0

If you mean "10 inches" as a maximum screen size then whatever product you're asking for would meet the definition of a netbook.

RE: And cheap laptops
By Samus on 5/1/2013 2:35:11 AM , Rating: 2
If anybody buys an Atom netbook over an AMD Brazos (E350-E450, C60, etc) they are truly getting screwed. Atom has been a joke since the beginning, when it's northbridge (945) used 3x more power than the CPU itself.

The only improvements in Atom have been reduced power consumption and marginal graphics performance. The architecture is the same Pentium 3-based in-order pipeline. 7 years, no improvement.

RE: And cheap laptops
By StevoLincolnite on 5/1/2013 2:48:14 AM , Rating: 2
The Pentium 3 uses an Out-of-Order execution, all P6 based processors did.
The P6 architecture was in turn the basis of the Pentium M and even still has roots in the Core architecture.
IPC wise, I think Atom was equivalent to the Pentium 3, maybe a little less, it's about half the speed of a Pentium M at any rate.

RE: And cheap laptops
By Dribble on 5/1/2013 10:07:09 AM , Rating: 2
Brazos is typical AMD - they were always set to be able to make a great netbook chip with their cpu+gpu know how, but by the time they actually got around to doing it netbooks were already dying and everyone in the know was focusing on tablets.

RE: And cheap laptops
By ritualm on 5/2/2013 1:57:16 PM , Rating: 2
If anybody buys an Atom netbook over an AMD Brazos (E350-E450, C60, etc) they are truly getting screwed.

The problem with all AMD CPU alternatives at this point is they require more power to put out equivalent performance - unacceptable on anything power-constrained i.e. laptops and netbooks.

If people are getting screwed over by Atom netbooks, then they are truly getting bent over and raped by anything running on AMD CPU+GPU combos.

RE: And cheap laptops
By Apone on 5/2/2013 12:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
I know right! You would think adding Hyper-Threading, making it dual-core, and giving it DDR3 RAM support would yield a significant performance boost.

RE: And cheap laptops
By marvdmartian on 5/1/2013 8:00:50 AM , Rating: 2
They were also nice for those people who didn't want to lug around a 6 pound laptop while traveling (which actually was probably closer to 8 or more pounds, after adding the charger, accessories & bag). My netbook, with bag, weighs less than 5 pounds (and that's with a ton of accessories and other goodies in the bag).

Tablets can easily match or beat that weight.

RE: And cheap laptops
By mcnabney on 5/1/2013 9:44:17 AM , Rating: 3
It is odd that you mentioned WalMart.

That entire business is build upon selling inferior products because they are cheap. Do you think WalMart is going away too?

RE: And cheap laptops
By aliasfox on 5/2/2013 9:51:00 AM , Rating: 2

Then again, Walmart and its ilk offer convenience as well - where else can you get your toothpaste, toilet paper, mulch, TV, socks, and grapes all in one place?

Walmart may be cheap, but for name brand products at least it's generally not inferior to other retailers.

RE: And cheap laptops
By Argon18 on 5/1/2013 4:03:23 PM , Rating: 1
"Building a business on an inferior product that only sells because it's cheap (and offers no other benefits) is probably not sustainable in the long run."

Seems to be working OK for Microsoft.

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