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Dell To Pull Out of Netbooks
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msg:4398616
 1:04 pm on Dec 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Dell To Pull Out of Netbooks [news.cnet.com]
Dell is longer interested in selling Netbooks--that category of 10-inch class laptops that saw mild success for a couple of years but is now facing a serious existential crisis.

Rather, Dell is now concentrating on laptops that deliver real performance--a major failing of the Netbook.

 

incrediBILL




msg:4398630
 1:33 pm on Dec 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Silly Dell.

I'll never carry another laptop through an airport again, regardless of how good it performs, but I will drag my little netbook anywhere I go. It's fast enough to browse with, small enough to carry easily, and I use it way more than I ever used my bigger laptop just because of the convenience.

That's OK Dell, other companies want my money worse than you do, not a problem ;)

J_RaD




msg:4398634
 1:38 pm on Dec 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

the problem is 75% of the netbooks really suck perf wise. It takes some shopping not to get a total hunk of garbage.

lawman




msg:4398685
 3:57 pm on Dec 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

I bought one a few years back (Acer). It turned out to be so slow that the only thing I ended up using it for is to take to the drag strip for adjusting tunes and such.

StoutFiles




msg:4398690
 4:04 pm on Dec 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Or they could just make a netbook that performs well. The fact that people are buying bluetooth keyboards and keyboard cases for their tablets shows that netbooks are still wanted.

Panthro




msg:4398696
 4:08 pm on Dec 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Agree that most netbooks just suck. I had a really good Asus that was about right, though. Sure is nice having a CD drive every now and again though.

J_RaD




msg:4398699
 4:17 pm on Dec 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

i've got an 11.6 with 2GB of DDR3 dual chan and nvidia ION...and w7.

One day i'll stick an SSD in it and it will be better.

Its really usable but you still have to wait on it a bit.

BUT its the best portable i've ever had.


manuf just think "netbook" ok just shove cheap crap in it with a really bad w7 install or xp and move them as fast as you can.

(but isn't that what they do with all their machines)

Their lack of quality just SHINES more when it comes to lower end hardware.

I wish they sold some kind of barebones netbook.

Visit Thailand




msg:4400827
 9:20 am on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Good decision from Dell imho. I travel a lot and need the power a high-end laptop can give me. Sure it is nice to have a light little number in your bag, and so much easier at customs and everywhere else but they just do not meet my needs.

There can also be a lot of confusion between netbook and ultraportable. I doubt Dell is pulling out of the ultraportable market.

incrediBILL




msg:4400830
 9:26 am on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

The truth of the matter is that people are willing to spend the money on small and powerful, don't know why the hardware guys won't just give us what we want.

Here's a simple suggestion, add a touch screen, make the monitor swivel and fold over into "tablet mode", put Android on as an option and make it dual-boot Android/Win 7, and you would probably sell the thing like crazy.

Unless they don't market it well, which is the problem with most of the cool toys these days, as people don't buy when they don't know it even exists.

Lack of vision.

scooterdude




msg:4400839
 9:56 am on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Perhaps the key is in the numbers, They can't sell enough net books

J_RaD




msg:4400907
 3:41 pm on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)


dual-boot Android/Win 7, and you would probably sell the thing like crazy.


hahaha, 1st you'd have to find hardware they both support...and well that isn't happening.

go run bluestacks on your laptop PC that already has a touch screen that flips around.

sheesh.


if you are looking for a big android phone laptop that has a keyboard and fits in your back pocket while booting all your favorite OS's....... don't hold your breath.

You are a rabbit android enthusiast who wishes a six core i7 would fit in your pocket, and doesn't know WHY NOT!

What you wish for will probably never exist in your lifetime. (or ever)

incrediBILL




msg:4400945
 5:47 pm on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

What you wish for will probably never exist in your lifetime. (or ever)

I wasn't serious about the dual boot, sheesh, but regarding hardware advance never say never.

In '78 I started with a 1MHz Z80 and 300mbps tape backup w/48K of RAM and 16K or ROM and now you're now telling me I would never have, what at that time exceeded the equivalent of a supercomputer, in my pocket?

Well I do!

... and it's just a crappy phone

Never say never in the computer industry.

There's always someone smarter than you or I that can make something happen that we cannot even fathom.
You are a rabbit android enthusiast who wishes a six core i7 would fit in your pocket, and doesn't know WHY NOT!

Puleez, I was writing in low level hardware drivers for a HDD company long before you probably had your first computer, I think I have a grasp on hardware.

... and PONG doesn't count as a computer :)

Happy Holidays!

J_RaD




msg:4401178
 5:20 pm on Dec 24, 2011 (gmt 0)


what at that time exceeded the equivalent of a supercomputer, in my pocket?


lets not directly compare clock speeds of a phone to clock speeds of an desktop processor........cause its no where near the same. c'mon.....

lawman




msg:4401197
 6:13 pm on Dec 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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incrediBILL




msg:4401214
 7:10 pm on Dec 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

lets not directly compare clock speeds of a phone to clock speeds of an desktop processor........cause its no where near the same. c'mon.....


Your words, not mine.

I was just giving an example of how what I carry in my pocket today compared against the best hardware on the planet 30 years ago. Forget speed, I probably have more storage in the memory card in my phone than existed planet-wide in 1980!

Which means in a few years the portable devices we have will probably be significantly faster and accordingly desktop hardware even more faster yet.

It's inevitable.

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