Dodge Retort: Whatever happened to Netbooks?


By John Dodge

Netbooks were all the rage in 2009 and a dog in 2010.

The bloom came off the netbook rose early last year, possibly in anticipation of the iPad and then directly from the wildly popular tablet. Here’s an excerpt from a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article in early April:

Netbook shipments to retailers from January through March are expected to grow 33.6% compared with a year ago, to 4.8 million units, IDC says. That’s significantly slower growth than in the first quarter of 2009, when netbook sales leapt 872%, to 3.6 million units. “Everyone tried to make these mini-notebooks out to be a different category, or different type of device,” says IDC analyst Richard Shim. “In fact, people think of them as just another type of PC.”

Falling sales aren’t the only problem dogging netbooks. There’s evidence that demand for netbook components is declining. The Web site DigiTimes reported on Mar. 30 that makers of the liquid-crystal-display panels used in netbooks are cutting production because of declining orders. PC makers including Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL), andAcer declined to comment on whether inventories of unsold netbooks are on the rise.

Netbooks have simply run their course. They are under-powered — Tweetdeck absolutely swamps mine especially when I follow something such as the tragic shootings yesterday in Arizona (“Giffords”) or live during a game (“Celtics or Patriots”).

Given a choice, wouldn’t you buy a full netbook? A notebook with a full keyboard, display and more powerful CPU can be had for the same price as a netbook and sometimes for less. I bought a HP Pavilion notebook for $290 in late 2009 and it is superior to the two netbooks I own (the Pavilion retailed for more than $600, but Best Buy discounted because it was an open box and gave me even more off the price because of a problem with another notebook).

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2 thoughts on “Dodge Retort: Whatever happened to Netbooks?”

  1. I don’t imagine I will ever buy a Apple Computer, the closest I get to Apple is my ipod touch/itunes. I have a gaming notbook from Dell along with 2 mini netbooks and netbooks great, you have to understand what they can handle and use them as a second on the go type of laptop. I enjoy using them while watching tv or traveling or in bed but my gaming is too heavy for any of that so thats when the netbook plays its role in my life. Emails or shopping or facebook or streaming a movie from netflix and even sufing the web can all be done fast and quick with a netbook.
    I did consider buying a ipad once the second version would be out but after seeing how my brother who owns a ipad could not stop using my PC!! Well that spoke loud and clear to me! He preferred using my computer over his ipad and he would never admit it but all through the Holiday when he was here with his family I saw that ipad out once. So no I will not buy a ipad but I may buy a tablet when a year or so has gone by and most of the complaints I see now have been corrected.
    One thing I would suggest is stop selling a smaller netbook as if its a full powere laptop. thats where they went wrong is the price point!

  2. I can’t stand any apple hardware so the ipad means nothing to me so I would choose a netbook every time.

    Plus, I would be able to fix most problems with a netbook but who the hell apart from a professional can fix an ipad.

    If you don’t want peace of mind and you need the latest gimmick, by all means, buy an ipad.

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