Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 21st Aug 2009 08:49 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems, home of cheap netbooks, sent us in the HP 1120NR netbook, running a modified version of Ubuntu Linux. Check inside to read our experience with it.
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by moleskine on Fri 21st Aug 2009 16:51 UTC
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At this rate folks will soon be writing in the past tense about the rise and fall of the netbook. It's an interesting exercise in the cult of marketing. Take a product that does things nearly perfectly (the few early netbooks), then apply modern marketing ideas to "differentiate" your product based on imagined consumer needs, cost-cutting and questionable statistics while all the while your product gets further and further away from what makes a netbook desirable in the first place. It fits in your pocket, it does a few basic thing perfectly well (because those are what it is designed to do) and the batteries run for hours. As for all the extras, gizmos and nifty marketing tricks, it's been downhill all the way. If you are happy with less, go for a decent mobile phone and if you want more, shell out for a full-on notebook, imho.

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