Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Apr 2009 11:42 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems After the rather unexpected success of the netbook, manufacturers started looking for more ways to capitalise on the cheaper end of the market. Many of them are now putting netbook internals (the Atom platform) in desktop computers, such as nettops and cheaper all-in-one solutions. According to several analysts, this is going to be one of the few places where the desktop market can grow. And while we're on the subject of hardware, TechRepublic took the Dell Adamo apart to see its internals.
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by RandomGuy on Tue 14th Apr 2009 13:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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Born out of that is also the question regarding how the current Atom netbook producers are going - and whether the Atom based netbooks are cannibalising their traditional laptops.

I'm pretty sure they are. Still manufacturers would rather see _their_ netbooks cannibalise their notebook market than netbooks from a different manufacturer.

The same cannot be said for Apple since most of their hardware sales are probably OS related.

Anyway, I don't believe that nettops will be quite as successful as netbooks. As some people already mentioned the price difference is just not comparable. I can get a perfectly fine PC that runs circles around any nettop for just a few hundred bucks more. The same can not be said for netbooks. If you want a laptop with the mobility (<=12") and battery life (>=7h) you can get with netbooks you have to pay 3-4x as much.
Netbooks took off because they satisfied a demand that had been ignored _for_years_:
A laptop that's portable and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
The same cannot be said for the desktop market where prices are reasonable and size isn't that much of an issue. And even if there existed a similar demand in this market I think it would be smarter to look into docking stations and external drives to complement netbooks.

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