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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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RE: substitute
By techyguy on 5/1/2013 12:19:15 AM , Rating: 2
Are you telling me that I can buy a Microsoft Surface with 2 USB, 1 Ethernet Port and a full sized SD Card Slot for $300?

Please let me know. I need all of these.


RE: substitute
By BRB29 on 5/1/2013 7:45:09 AM , Rating: 2
Who uses ethernet anymore besides corporate and government.

Full SD slot: Accessories, keyboards.

USB: on some tablets, keyboards, accessories. Usually USB is only used for a mouse which is useless in a tablet.

Of course the cost is where netbook wins. But the netbook is usually made cheap with cheap low res screen. For something that's called a netbook, surfing the net is awful with it.


RE: substitute
By andrewaggb on 5/1/2013 11:17:04 AM , Rating: 2
I still have a preference for ethernet whenever practical. If I'm working at a desk or table, I'll use ethernet for my laptop. It's still faster and more consistent than wifi.

But... wifi has come a long way in the last few years and the new 802.11ac is pretty impressive.


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