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I always thought of a netbook as essentially a toy. Even if I'm just doing word processing, I expect a bigger screen and better keyboard than what they offer.

I do have a "portable" machine that I use for just running Office, but it's actually a 12.1" Compaq Presario laptop made in 1998, with a K6-2+ processor inside. Much better for that purpose than a netbook, because of a better keyboard. You can even get online with it, although that's not too much fun because the CPU can't deal with all of the Javascript on modern websites.
     
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I can see the point of one, and they are useful due to their size...But thanks to Intel's artificial speed restrictions, they're useless.
    
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I can see the point of one, and they are useful due to their size...But thanks to Intel's artificial speed restrictions, they're useless.
lol@ artificial speed restriction, they had to do this back in the day to make the batttery last a while tongue.gif or do you mean no oc?
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Hi,

I love Netbooks!
They sure are no overklock machine or great in performance.
But has soon as I saw a Asus EeePC 701 I just went and got one.
It was a Great idea at the time.
Today I still think they have a lot of usages specially for someone like me that runs Linux on them.

It is indeed a very bad news for all of us, even for the ones that do not like them.
I also do not agree with a lot of comments in here were people do not mind they will disappear.

Think like this: I do not like for example the so called dumb Terminals, or cars painted in Green for that matter.
I am happy because one day they can disappear ? No!
Why? Because if they are gone, and they are of Very Very little use today with tablets/netbooks and the like, we get to have Less Choice.
Does not matter if I like a technology or not. There is Less choice and this means the PC World is really fading away ... netbooks are not obsolete by no means, they have many usage scenarios.
A tablet does not make a good torrent machine, it's very very difficult to attach an external HDD. The Software Ecosystem simply is not there yet.
So pulling the plug on netbooks is highly premature as of today. It only fosters sales of tablets more.
Less choice, even if I do not like it, it's not a good thing.

Best regards.
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I can see the point of one, and they are useful due to their size...But thanks to Intel's artificial speed restrictions, they're useless.
lol@ artificial speed restriction, they had to do this back in the day to make the batttery last a while tongue.gif or do you mean no oc?

I mean bundling it with the ridiculously slow 945 chipset that also used more power than the CPU so they'd save money on old inventory and not cannibalize Celeron sales. (Which the Pentium did anyway)
    
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Yeah, it was good in theory. Very lightweight, small screens for portability, good battery life if you got the right models. Not so good once you actually used one though.

Our local government pushed an effort to digitalize the classrooms, and offered subsidized Toshiba netbooks with Atom N250s and 1GB of RAM at a 150€ price point.

Then thought it was the best idea in the world, but in reality they were sluggish, had bare to none space in the drive, with a lackluster screen, a not-so-good battery (they only last a full class day if all you do is type in Word), and posed a huge threat to the school's local network as ignorant students would go home, do God knows what on them, and then fill the school network with viruses.

Cisco hardware firewalls were blowing up on a consistent basis, and network traffic was measured in terabytes day after day. On a 100Mbps infrastructure.
   
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The death of net-books. Face the fact that even if it's not dead it will very soon. Have you ever used a Windows net-book?? It is horrible. The keyboard is crammed, the performance is horrible and even the build quality is not there. Don't talk to me about chrome-books because as it has been said above chrome-books can't even run without an internet connection. All you get with it is just a web browser and that's basically it.
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TL;DR, but I'm actually sad about this. My trusty (now defunct) Acer Aspire One was my tool for learning Linux. Without it, I would have had to use an old laptop (something like an Athlon XP), and it just wouldn't have been as good. It was cheap (they are STILL cheaper than tablets, and WAY cheaper than ultrabooks), had a keyboard & trackpad, decent enough performance - it did the job I wanted it to. Sure, I could have just used VMs, but there's something about actually doing it on hardware that makes it all feel a bit more "real".

Critically, it's got what tablets don't have - the ability to boot from USB. Without this, you can't install another operating system in place of the existing (i.e. Linux) It also has a keyboard - on screen keyboards are a no-no if you're not running a GUI (and you can't guarentee USB keyboard support).

Admittedly, my purpose is a small market (like, miniscule). 99% of the world want to browse the web, write documents, maybe use spreadsheets (Linux can do all these with ease, incidentally!), and maybe light gaming. And tablets are a better option for web browsing and light gaming, at least (wouldn't fancy writing a letter on a tablet unless I had a keyboard though). But they're not free (as-in-speech), and that's my issue. If I wanted to go down this road again (unlikely now, since buying my sig laptop), I'd be forced to the second-hand market, and that's a shame.
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Wait, can netboooks play cs source? If so, I'll buy one right now. I'm not a big fan of 1.6, though.

My netbook plays CS:source, Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Skyrim... It even defaults the graphics settings to high.
Asus1215N... Those who complain about the performance of netbooks are correct, the lower end netbooks were and still are awful, tho they fail to realize that today Asus and Acer makes 15inch laptop's with what yesterday was netbook spec.

I use my 1215N as a computer on the go, office, remote access to my desktop.
Sometimes I use it to play some games when I'm bored, it doesn't have the quality that my desktop has but its capable of handling what I throw at it.
But I use my Nexus 7 more than my netbook now, I used the Netbook to watch movies(1080p) during travels etc but the battery died fast, my nexus 7 can handle arround 8hours of 1080p movies and it's smooth.

I can see why this was made, but the comments about performance have no sense.
Low end laptop's will have the same parts that a netbook has.
Intel Atom's and AMD low end APU's like the C30/C50.

Just because its bigger doesnt mean it's gonna be faster.
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The death of net-books. Face the fact that even if it's not dead it will very soon. Have you ever used a Windows net-book?? It is horrible. The keyboard is crammed, the performance is horrible and even the build quality is not there. Don't talk to me about chrome-books because as it has been said above chrome-books can't even run without an internet connection. All you get with it is just a web browser and that's basically it.

Completely close minded. I have owned two and loved them entirely. My friend owned two and did 3d modeling using 3DStudio Max on his HP Mini. He STILL uses his 3 year old HP Mini without any issues. Anyone that thinks they are so horrible is expecting far too much from a $200 laptop.
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