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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 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.

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