Linked by the_randymon on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 22:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Asus is the company that shook up the laptop market a couple of years ago with their introduction of the EeePC netbook. And with their announcement that they will no longer be producing netbooks in 2013, Charles Arthur over at the Guardian UK has declared that the netbook era has now come to an end. Sad news for those of us who still love our netbooks! Harry McCracken over at Time Mag thinks they'll be back. Anybody who spends time wiping the smears off their tablet's touchscreen might agree.
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Netbook = small notebook
by chekr on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 05:42 UTC
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Netbook is just marketing nomenclature for a notebook that is small and cheap.

I have an older vaio netbook running windows 8 and imho it is totally useless for anything serious. I cant type anything more than a paragraph on it without getting the urge to stomp on it - my laptop is a thinkpad so maybe I am too used to a decent keyboard.

I can see why a 'netbook' would be useful to people with smaller fingers than myself but for me it really is just a ridiculously small notebook.

I don't think we are seeing the end of this class of device. What I am glad to see is that manufacturers are trying out all sorts of things.

Look at the variety we have now! Surface, IdeaPad Yoga, iPad, ThinkPad Carbon X1, Chromebook. Finally we are moving away from the era of the beige box and trying out some new and innovative designs.

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