Opinion

by Jay Bika · 6 comments

As someone who reads and writes about the netbook era that is taking over the computer market, I have some thoughts and opinions on the whole craze from a blogger’s perspective but also from a consumer facing tough economic times. Here are some of the Op-eds and of course I welcome your comments as usual ([email protected]). Thanks and enjoy the articles!

Why Exactly Apple Will Announce a MacBook Mini Netbook this January 2009

The MacBook Mini that will be announced in January will not save Apple in the short-term except for the stock price. In the long-term however, it will the tool that will convert Windows users to Mac en masse.

Are Netbooks a Fad?

If you’re curious about the netbook mini-laptop phenomenon and are even considering purchasing one but are wondering if you should because in a few months netbooks may be gone, read on.

Will Netbooks Kill Laptops?

Did Walmart kill Target? Did the Japanese get killed by the Koreans? An answer to such questions may indicate the predicament of laptops as netbooks take over.

Sony Staying Put on the Netbook Craze

Is Sony making a mistake by not getting into netbooks?

Five Reasons Why the Nokia N97 Smartphone Ain’t No Netbook Killer

A Forbes article by Brian Caulfield entitled “Why Nokia Could Kill The Netbook” explains how the new Nokia N97 smartphone is going to stop the low cost laptop craze. Netbook Era disagrees a 100%

Why The Radioshack 3G Acer Aspire One Netbook Deal Almost Sucks

A not so bad offer to buy a selected notebook or desktop and in return you get a Dell Mini 9 for $99

Why There’s No Such a Thing as a Powerful Netbook

Think about it really… isn’t “powerful” and “netbook” contradictory terms?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stevie October 16, 2009 at 8:45 am

Just came across your blog site and looks pretty good. Has anyone got anyone experience of UltimateAddons netbook bags?

http://www.ultimate-netbook.co.uk/Universal-Accessories/UniversalNetBookBags.htm

I like the look of the black messenger bag, anyone on here got one?

2 Tom February 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Hi, I have a sort of obvious question but don’t know the obvious answer. With 10″ netbooks selling for $299 and Win7 Home Premium OEM selling for $100, how can any company make money on a netbook?

3 Jay Bika February 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm

1) The more they sell, the less the cost of making them becomes and hence the more revenue they generate no matter how small

2) Netbook is a category that’s becoming more widespread. Computer makers know that if people are buying netbooks, it would be great if they purchased their brands and hopefully in the future upgrade to a more expensive product from in the brand family

3) Personally, I really think that making netbooks is not that expensive and so they still make their money. It’s little money compared to the average laptop but money nevertheless. Acer is a hot company now partially thanks to the Aspire One sales as a quick example.

4 James Johnston March 1, 2010 at 8:05 am

I have a Question. I just purchased an HP mini at my PX. I absolutely love it. I have also become aware of a video accelerator made by broadcom. My mini has a slot for it but I can’t find a store that sells it. It is available if you order your mini from HP’s website, but I spent an hour on the phone with them and could not get anyone who knew what I was talking about. Any help would be welcomed. Thank you.

5 Jay Bika March 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Hi James, I don’t even know where to begin helping you Maybe contact Broadcom and ask them for help? After all, it’s their product that you’re trying to use and they may be of better help? Good luck and please let us know how your story ends (happily hopefully)

6 James Johnston March 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

Well, I tried to contact broadcom and left a message for a regional sales rep, my only option, and I still have not heard anything from them. However, I did find several on EBAY, go figure. So I’ll be purchasing it from them. I would prefer to purchase from a store, but I don’t think I have that option.

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