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After all is said & done, I think the tablet + keyboard combination will retire the netbooks, and while we're close to that, we're not there yet. I mean, the Surface is having a go, but it's too overpriced (and locked down - where's the freedom?!). My dad bought a cheap Android ICS 7" tablet for mum for Christmas, came with a USB mini-keyboard in a nice wrap-up case, for £70. Sure, the touchscreen was crap, it was a bit laggy, but it's not that dissimilar to a netbook (except it's running Android, not a 'real' OS). Considering you can get an Atom in a mobile right now (one in my pocket!), I forsee an Atom-based tablet to fill the gap left by the netbook's demise.
Just needs the price of the 10" tablets to come down a bit, and the freedom to be opened up to make them equal to a PC. At the moment, the whole set-up of tablets != PC computing. Even the rooting process on an Android is a bit backwards, booting it from USB should be an option. End of story.

The problem with the Atom is that every other generation Intel seems to team up with the enemy of freedom known as Imagination (AKA PowerVR) and thus no Linux works properly with those CPUs.

PS: A 400-500 Ultrabook is too much? Those things are far more powerful than the netbooks were and being within $200 of them is something.
     
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I have a chromebook and I guess you could sort of put it in the same group. But I quite like it for the price and what I use it for.
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PS: A 400-500 Ultrabook is too much? Those things are far more powerful than the netbooks were and being within $200 of them is something.
Are Ultrabooks that cheap? Just a quick look on Newegg shows the cheapest is $600 (although the 1st one is a touch screen and really not bad for that price).
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I have a chromebook and I guess you could sort of put it in the same group. But I quite like it for the price and what I use it for.

The chrome book is the only netbook I have had that actually feels up to the task of running the OS. It has some pretty major limitations but it's great for the price.
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I'm sure these will pick back up as hardware advances.

Personally, the idea was a bit far ahead of the hardware implementation.
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I thought they were out of production long time ago.
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I purchased one Acer Netbook in 2011 for my son. It was on sale, and it runs simple and older games. It was plenty enough for his 8th birthday. It has done well to help him learn computer basics, and is capable of running some of my favorate games when I was younger, like the Mechwarrior series, Starcraft, that kind of thing. He asked me if he could play PS2 on it the other day, and all I can do is chuckle.

It's no debating that tablets killed that fad, but hey, it was a good run.
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I'm sure these will pick back up as hardware advances.

Personally, the idea was a bit far ahead of the hardware implementation.

Nah, the hardware could have been good but Intel gimped it on purpose either with their old crappy chipset or a PowerVR GPU.

I don't think it'll take off again, but the idea itself will persist under a different name. (Convertable laptops, just smaller ones like the Transformer)
    
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Dell Mini 9 has served me well for the last few years, though Ill admit that I got it as a modding project and not for what I actually use it for today lol.

Im running Win 7 Home Premium and trimmed out some of the excess programs I dont need or use. In fact I think I have less than a dozen programs installed. Though I hope to acquire a Mini 10 to play with for the Crystal decoder that comes with it.

I also play music off of this with a SD card that is flush with the chassis so I have an extra 12GB of storage space, it just a little disheartening that I cant use that for a paging file.


I would love to get my hands on another 1201n/1215n I used to play f.e.a.r. on it during class when ever the lecture was getting redundant. I hope to see more netbooks with the oncoming of the new atom process, its not likely sine the tablet is much more popular, but we shall see in time
    
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I always found netbooks to be nice. Cheap little computers that I wouldn't fear breaking. Which I did, several times. I kind of regret giving my sister my netbook, they were fun to fiddle on, I even got it playing Oblivion as an experiment!

Tablets simply can't fill this roll for me as a tinkering machine, and I would never get an Ultrabook to fill this roll, way to expensive.
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