Rewind back to 2008. As far as the world goes, it wasn’t that different. It wasn’t that long ago. However, in the techno-nerd world, it is ancient history. In that year, the netbook was beginning to emerge as the darling of the tech industry. Its size and comparative power made it the perfect tool for the busy professional always on the run or the student about to embark on an epic voyage in a crowded dorm. However, 2011 may see the death of this new centerpiece of PC technology.
There was a lot going for the netbook when they took the world of computing by storm. The average netbook had a screen measuring in the 10 to 11 inch range, much smaller than the average laptop. They weigh a little more than 2.5 lbs also, making them much smaller. In spite of these literal shortcomings, they have a lot of the punch of a full size laptop. Check Best Buy’s collection online at this moment. They range from a 160-250 gig hard drive, with a gigahertz processor inside. This is more than enough to run most on the go apps. No, it is not a heavy gaming machine, but for business people, this would be perfect. The fact that it has Flash video would allow most online gaming sites the opportunity to run undisturbed and make the college crowd happier. They come with usb ports usually to allow the consumer to be able to transfer files more readily. Wi-Fi is available. Most come with webcams even. And this entire package costs less than $300 usually.
Still, there are some shortcomings that have hampered them. They don’t have disc drives, to help lower the weight and cost. And its size is, in a sense, a handicap. It is much smaller than a traditional laptop. And laptops have sold VERY well the last few years. Many people already have one. Although they are smaller than a laptop, the similarities between the two are very great. So why buy a smaller laptop when you already have one laptop. To make the situation worse, though, the tablet came bursting onto stage this year. Netbooks, which seemed incredible 2 years ago, but had already slowed in sales somewhat last year, suddenly look archaic, compared to the sleek new touch screen computers that can easily fit into your hands. This may be the beginning of the end, just when netbooks were coming into their own.