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[GZ] Asus and Acer: The Netbook Is Dead.

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Asus and Acer ceased production of the teeny-weeny, Intel Atom-powered computers as of yesterday. Kicked off by the Eee PC all the way back in 2007, the netbook was—for a short period at least—a new hope for the PC industry. Highly portable and affordable devices with decent battery life seemed rather attractive five years ago—but a lot's changed since.

With the arrival of tablets and ultrabooks, the netbook's claims of portability suddenly weren't quite as impressive. Similarly, their performance—both in terms of speed and battery life—began to appear laughable.

http://gizmodo.com/5972429/asus-and-acer-the-netbooks-is-dead

Say what you will, but Google's Chromebook is pretty great for $200.tongue.gif
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I agree with the article. I actually wondered why those were still produced.
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This is one of those Captain Obvious news articles.
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To be honest I enjoyed my asus netbook. Then again I'm not a tablet fan
I could play cs on it and torrent files browse the web with a actual mouse and a real keyboard.
Edited by wutang61 - 1/2/13 at 9:39am
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I liked Net-books, but they were low quality at times.
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I knew that this would happen as soon as they began production of them. Low quality, terrible keyboards, stupidly slow, and horrible graphics. Good riddance.

Hopefully, with the ultraportable era, we will see good quality stuff being made with decent hardware.
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netbooks? you mean that tiny thing my younger brother's got that takes 10 minutes to boot windows XP?

not to mention he got the PC tuneup trojan on it, so its done for now
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I hope this at least reduces the price of tablet keyboards, those things are way overpriced.
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back in the day when i was a college student these seemed like neat little devices on the cheap. Never owned one though, i had my trusty macbook pro throughout college.

but now with ultrabooks dominating the performance with the same if not even slimmer profile (though more expensive, for sure), there's no market for these things anymore.
 
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netbooks? you mean that tiny thing my younger brother's got that takes 10 minutes to boot windows XP?
not to mention he got the PC tuneup trojan on it, so its done for now

No kidding either. I have a friend that ended up with a Windows XP "anti-virus" trojan. Due to the number of pop-ups and back-end services running, the netbook crawled to a stand still. It was so stupid because it messed up safe mode and I was unable to run combofix or superantispyware. Because of the lack of an ODD, I couldn't run my Kaspersky Rescue Disk. Being an XP machine and the legacy bios, I was not able to boot from any flash drive.

At the time, I lived in a dorm so I had no access to a desktop machine and I had my laptop. I had to physical take out his HDD replace it with mine to remove his virus. Took me a looong time to fix.
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