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Netbooks to Reshape PC Industry

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Nick, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Can you say Home Equity Loan? :D:lol:
     
  2. ChiWavDave

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    In another division of my company, they are working on imbedded projectors for cell phones that can give you a 16:9 full resoltion screen up to about 30 inches on your wall. Combine that with a bluetooth keyboard and viola.
     
  3. phat78boy

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    To a less techinical consumer who goes to the store looking for a laptop and sees a netbook, they think its one heck of a deal. I mean its smaller, lighter, runs windows, and cost 2-4 times less money. Of course they are selling 2-3 times faster, they are starting to get into the impulse buy category for money.

    Now if everyone who bought one understood the limitations of how they could be used and what they could be used for, I think things would be a little different. I still think they would sell well, but I'm guessing a good part of those people would instead save up for something that had more power. I have a 13" laptop that is still a relative power house and I have friends/family asking me all the time for this software or to give them a copy of that blu-ray movie I have in file format. Once they get, they can't even use it those netbooks and they tell me their frustration in thinking they could use it as a normal computer.

    As for Windows 7, I believe they have hammered out for the netbooks to run starter edition. If I recall correctly, I think there is limitation to how many apps you can run at once and the absence of some multimedia functions.
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

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    Neat...that has a market for sure.

    I actually saw a cigarette-pack-size projector just the other day, and was impressed on just how well it worked.
    Ummm......try costing TWICE as much as a laptop, not half...

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=pcmcat163300050051&type=category&searchresults=1&searchterm=netbook
     
  5. ChiWavDave

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    HDTV, nobodys buying Sony. Most if not all of these sell between $350-$500. Asus has #1 market share in the space, my company is not far behind.

    Here are the best sellers from Amazon...

    http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1239136...ch-alias=aps&field-keywords=netbook computers
     
  6. hdtvfan0001

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    I can see why...:D
     
  7. houskamp

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    I can see these as great starter computers especialy for kids.. the battery life will also bring them to many buisness aplications..

    I know a lot of people that are still running outdated computers because they don't need a real computer.. lots of people never use them for anything but the web/email..
     
  8. phat78boy

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    As with any item, there are those which are overpriced. In the computer world, that seems to always be Sony. However, of their 21 models listed on the webpage above, 14 are 500$ or below. A good amount of these netbooks are found in the 300$ range. I would venture to say that the 800-1000$ netbooks aren't the ones flying off shelves.
     
  9. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I think Sony missed the boat on the netbook market, they were thinking "high-end lifestyle portable." However, a lot of their other products are now competively priced. My Sony Laptop was $200 less than a comparable HP.
     
  10. Steve

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    Ya. I get sale alerts almost daily for netbooks in the $200 range. I guess because they're windows/linux based and not subject to "price fixing" (for want of a better term) like gadgets with proprietary OS's (iPods or cell phones, e.g.), they'll continue to drop in price as long as the key components keep dropping in price. /steve
     
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    I've been wondering about that since I started hearing about this new boom. I worked for Psion back in 2002/3 when they introduced the NetBook Pro (aka Series 7), originally with EPOC and eventually with Win CE. It was a pretty cool device but never sold well (much like all of their products) - they couldn't even get their own sales force to use them with any regularity.
     
  12. Drew2k

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    I'm on a business trip right now and while walking through two airports, I saw five people using netbooks but I didn't see anyone using full-blown notebooks. I think before this thread I would not even have noticed those netbooks, just assuming they're laptops, but now my awareness has been raised and ... there they were. :)
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

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    They musta been Southwest passengers...they're used to cheap and small. :D
     
  14. Drew2k

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    It was the Southwest terminal, so yes, they were Southwest passengers. I will say that this was not my first Southwest flight and it won't be my last, but despite being forced to use them, there is just NO getting used to it ... :nono2:
     
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    That article is headlined: "Intel VP: Netbooks not for adults"

    For sure that's what Intel (and probably AMD) will say, IMHO. They want to sell more profitable Core CPU's and not Atoms, where there's relatively little profit margin. But guess what, Intel? You don't need Core 2's for wordprocessing, texting, e-mail or browsing. /steve
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

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    Unfortunately, that's about all they manufacture these days...and now even starting to see more quad cores.
     
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    Intel is the main supplier of the Atom chip, too, AFAIK. I suspect that they are just not happy that it's doing so well at the expense of their more profitable CPU's. /steve
     
  19. hdtvfan0001

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    Agreed...especially since the margins must be lower too. :D

    The main point there in this article supports my contention that its a niche market product.
     
  20. Steve

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    Are you sure about that? Might want to read it again. :) The author quotes industry execs who say that, but doesn't seem to be buying it himself, if I'm reading it correctly. /steve
     

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