Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 11:03 UTC, submitted by Hakime
Hardware, Embedded Systems In the current economic climate, it's hard to make any sane predictions one way or the other. While we receive continuous reports that netbooks are the saving grace of the PC market, the light at the end of the tunnel, the beacon of hope, the Fiona Apple among the rest of the mediocre musician crowd, the, err, (okay I'm out of metaphors), we are now getting a report which states that during the first quarter of 2009, netbooks have not met their sales estimates.
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RE: Poor Apple
by NexusCrawler on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 12:34 UTC in reply to "Poor Apple"
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I personally think that netbooks will mostly be sold to two type types of customers. Those that really want a really small portable computer, and those that end up being quite disappointed because what works fine on a desktop monitor doesn't work quite as well on a really small laptop monitor.


I think that a lot of people have understood that they can hook an external monitor on a netbook. In that case, the netbook is still a great solution because it's damn cheap and as a bonus you can take it with you anywhere -- even if it's not your main usage, it's good "just in case". Much like a lot of people buys a notebook instead of a desktop, not much because it takes less room in the house but because they can take it with them if necessary.

The same could be said about the missing DVD reader: you can add it cheaply and it won't encumber you when you travel.


In my point of view, the biggest risk of disappointment is about the CPU. The Atom is really great for common day usage, but if the customer wants to play the latest PC games and to surf heavy flash websites, she will be disappointed.

Things like movie editing are not really a problem for the Atom, because it will work, albeit slowly -- it is not a real-time task like the games; it will disappoint you only if you are used to work on a faster machine -- but in that case, would you buy a netbook to do that? No, unless you plan to do it on the go, in which case you choose this compromise. But then you're already the kind of people who buy a netbook as a second computer, not the main one -- and netbooks can't disappoint as second computers in my view.

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