Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jul 2009 14:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Both IDC and Gartner have released their preliminary figures on the state of the US and worldwide PC market, and while both companies agree that overall, the market declined about 3-5% worldwide, they differ when it comes to the figures of Apple. Quite interesting.
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netbook fad?
by lqsh on Fri 17th Jul 2009 18:37 UTC
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2007-01-01

It will be interesting to see if netbooks are a fad or are here to stay.

I've always thought, "Oh they are so cute. I just want one.", but my household's 3 Macbooks are doing up just fine.

Are you netbook owners still happy with your purchases?

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RE: netbook fad?
by darknexus on Fri 17th Jul 2009 19:08 in reply to "netbook fad?"
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2008-07-15

It will be interesting to see if netbooks are a fad or are here to stay.

I've always thought, "Oh they are so cute. I just want one.", but my household's 3 Macbooks are doing up just fine.

Are you netbook owners still happy with your purchases?


Actually I am still quite happy with my Eee pc 1000HE, purchased it a few months back. It has several things that, for me, are important: twice the battery life of my Macbook, small size but extremely good keyboard, and is plenty fast enough to handle most of what I throw at it (granted though I did upgrade the ram to 2gb). Also, very important for me but probably not for the majority of consumers, runs Linux perfectly with 100% compatible hardware. So basically I have a little machine that can do just about anything I might need to and running my favored os to boot... yep, I'd say I'm satisfied.
I think, in the end, it comes down to what you need. If you need a portable desktop replacement, netbooks are not the right product. If, on the other hand, you need a secondary computer that can go anywhere and last for a long time on battery, a netbook might be worth considering.

Edited 2009-07-17 19:12 UTC

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RE[2]: netbook fad?
by fretinator on Fri 17th Jul 2009 19:40 in reply to "RE: netbook fad?"
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I also have an Asus 1000HE. I run EeeBuntu on it, and it does everything I need. I take it to school for note-taking - never have to worry about the battery. My wife, who is a non-techie, uses it all the time for her regular facebook addiction. I even got my 3G cell phone to work as a modem, so I have cheap internet access from anywhere (the cell keeps charged from the USB port). The only regret I have is that I bought a netbook without Linux pre-installed - not that Linux doesn't run great on this one (suspend, etc). It's just that I wish I had supported one of the Linux vendors like Dell, Zareason, Linux Certified or System76, to name a few. Instead, I contributed to the Asus snub of Linux. I will not do that again.

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RE: netbook fad?
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 17th Jul 2009 21:30 in reply to "netbook fad?"
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2005-07-06

It will be interesting to see if netbooks are a fad or are here to stay.


That I've seen, the demand for netbooks doesn't seem to show any signs of dying out. Although I *do* suspect it will reach a saturation point before too long, due to the number of "meee toooo" netbooks that are little more than EeePC clones.

Are you netbook owners still happy with your purchases?


I can't speak for netbook owners, although it was a close call during my last laptop upgrade (went with a Thinkpad x60 instead, which is - apparently - just on the verge of *not* being a netbook). But I've done a fair amount of support work on them and the owners all rave about them.

For that matter, my former roommate's girlfriend describes their EeePC as the first computer she's enjoyed using(and that's from someone who previously had an "OMG computers are evil" mentality, believed that the Matrix & Terminator films were accurate predictions the future of computers, etc).

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RE: netbook fad?
by umccullough on Sat 18th Jul 2009 00:16 in reply to "netbook fad?"
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2006-01-26

Are you netbook owners still happy with your purchases?


Other than the slight dissatisfaction with the Intel Atom N270, I love my AOA150 (8.9" Acer Aspire One).

It quad-boots XP Home (came with it), eeeBuntu, Haiku GCC2 and Haiku GCC4 and they all run reasonably well on it.

I use it for travel and light-duty use throughout the house pretty regularly.

I think I would have preferred that the Atom was a little faster - at least enough to view hulu.com's flash video in 480p mode ;)

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RE: netbook fad?
by kaiwai on Sat 18th Jul 2009 01:48 in reply to "netbook fad?"
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2005-07-06

It will be interesting to see if netbooks are a fad or are here to stay.

I've always thought, "Oh they are so cute. I just want one.", but my household's 3 Macbooks are doing up just fine.

Are you netbook owners still happy with your purchases?


The people I know who are purchasing Netbooks tend to be people who have as their primary computer a desktop and simply want a low cost, light weight laptop. The problem is if you buy a traditional light weight laptop it will be almost NZ$3K for it. Netbooks give people what they want at a low price.

I know I've seen many students around university have it to take their notes but their main computer is a desktop one; if you've already got a laptop, though, its a hard pressed thing to justify purchasing a MacBook and even more difficult if you're in my position where I already have a desktop and a laptop.

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