A few years ago the netbook was one the hottest gadgets on the market and just about everyone was grabbing these small laptop-like devices off of the shelves. Fast forward a few years and now the netbook seems to be facing near extinction. The following are a few reasons why the netbook might be nearing its death bed.
The shrinking laptop/notebook
Netbook computers changed the way people viewed the portable computer. Netbooks were smaller, weighed less, and had exceptionally long battery life when compared to laptops, but things are changing. Netbooks made the standard 15.6″ laptop look huge and laptop manufacturers took note and laptops are starting to become smaller, weigh less nowadays, and the battery life of the average laptop is starting to boost. Nowadays it’s not hard to find a 14″ or 13″ notebook laptop and with laptops this small, it hardly makes any sense to opt for a netbook instead.
Laptop prices are dropping
If you are thinking “sure, 13” laptops are easy to find, but laptops are expensive, you might have a point, but the gap between netbook and laptop prices are closing. The average netbook costs around $300 and for the same $300 that you’d spend on a netbook running on an entry level Atom processor, you’ll be able to afford a much more powerful single-core processor laptop.
In my opinion, the iPad and netbook are two totally different kinds of gadgets that serve very different purposes, but that still isn’t stopping the iPad from posing a huge threat to the netbook market. The iPad – and other devices like it – is to the netbook, what the netbook was to the laptop. The average netbook is twice as thick as an iPad, has an added keypad, weighs more, runs slower, and has less battery life than an iPad. iPads and other tablets are making consumers – who likely already own a desktop or laptop computer – think twice before buying a netbook.
When lots of customers look at netbooks sitting side-by-side with laptops in computer stores, they often make the mistake of thinking that laptops are just small and inexpensive laptops, but boy are they wrong. Netbooks are a lot more limited than most people expect and should usually only be used for browsing the internet (net) and typing (book). Netbooks run on Atom processors (the slowest on the market), have no optical CD and DVD drive, can’t run lots of applications simultaneously, and netbooks with Windows 7 Starter don’t even allow changing the desktop background image.
The perception of the netbook has really plummeted
Buyer’s remorse is the netbook’s biggest enemy. When netbooks first hit the market, for some reason lots of people saw the netbook as a laptop for children, but soon found that netbooks weren’t adequate even handle the needs of children that were more interested in gaming than typing and browsing the internet. Netbooks were also once thought to be small laptops, but failed to meet the powerful needs of laptops. Netbooks have gone from being a trendy gadget to being a product that, going into the future, that people will be ashamed to expose in the open public.
For more, read 5 Ways the iPad is Making You Hate Your Laptop, The ClamCase iPad Accessory Will Turn Your iPad into a Netbook – Sort Of, and Netbook Accessories You’ll Need Whenever You Buy a New Netbook
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