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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: 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.

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