Here’s Your Proof That Netbooks Should Be Basic, Small & Cheap

by Jay Bika on January 14, 2009 · 4 comments

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Aha! At last we get some recognized research company to shed the whole light on netbooks and what actual owners use them for. So, it turns out that 1/3 of netbook owners view them as secondary computers and one quarter would give one to their children. What do all these numbers mean?

It means that consumers are just fine with netbooks being able to do basic computing tasks as long as they’re portable and affordable. That means that those manufacturers who are venturing out with bigger (more than 10″), more powerful (hence more expensive) netbooks should watch out because they will be stuck in the middle.

That middle ground is when consumers say: “Instead of buying a big expensive “weak” netbook, why not purchase a normal sized cheap but powerful laptop?”

See: Forrester: 33% of consumers interested in Netbooks as second PC


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1 wintkat 01.14.09 at 8:34 am

hi, so glad I found this site the other day when I Googled “netbook blog”
tons of good information, thanks
I want one as a secondary computer for vacation travel.

2 Jay Bika 01.14.09 at 11:56 am

Thanks for your comment Wintkat. Netbooks are the perfect travel companions. Anything under 7″ will be too small though.
I have come to the conclusion that a 8″ vs anything smaller almost amounts to the same thing when traveling. In your case though, battery life is super important especially if you’re flying a long journey.

3 wintkat 01.16.09 at 7:06 am

here’s an article which confirms your post
http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/115373
interesting, and the link to the Freescale prototype devices
do you plan on adding a “contact me” link?
thanks
wintkat

4 Jay Bika 01.16.09 at 11:42 am

Thanks for the link to the article. The contact details are on the “About” page: http://www.netbookera.com/about/. Thanks!

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