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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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Nelson on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 06:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

But would there be any difference functionally? Especially if price can come down a tiny bit more?

I think the formfactor has merits (though not so much the actual physical dock keyboards which are clunky and heavy) but the keyboard on my Surface is like a book cover. And deceptively, almost amazingly accurate.

I feel like I use it for what I'd use a netbook for. Light browsing, email, some Document processing.

And it's light, has great battery life, etc.

I think Netbooks and Tablets have a great chance to converge than Ultrabooks+Netbooks. It'll be interesting to see where MSFT takes this keyboard concept.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 07:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-05-12

Are you trying to sell me a Surface? :-p

To me a netbook is a cheap laptop, it's small and less powerful. A tablet has a touch interface, with optional keyboard, and is shaped like a tablet.

If you can attach a keyboard to a tablet and it works fine that's great. With a netbook you can't detach the keyboard.

I have a netbook and I'm happy I didn't pay for it. It's slow and I can't get used to the crappy keyboard.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by Nelson on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 14:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Tbh, no. The form factor is nice (which is why I wanted to discuss the merits of it vs traditional notebooks and how I feel the two are becoming one in the same) but the execution of the Surface RT is lacking. Its underpowered and has its share of caveats which show me it needs more iteration. The hardware side of the equation is flawless from an ergonomics standpoint, but the internals and the software need some work.

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