Netbooks, the mini-notebooks produced by a number of PC vendors, are being returned to retails in larger numbers than is expected. The reason these notebooks are being returned in higher numbers, says an industry veteran is because consumers (and businesses) buying them are not buying them for the right reason.
The notebooks are not made to be a main notebook but to be supplement to a traditional notebook computer and/or smartphone.
InternetNews.com writes that another reason for the returns is the ergonomics of the smaller netbook, which usually has an eight to 10-inch screen instead of the 14- or 15-inch minimum for laptops and a corresponding small keyboard. After a few hours of Web surfing, that gets uncomfortable. A secondary problem is that netbooks don’t have the right audience – yet.
What about you?
Are you looking at the price tag of $300 for a NetBook vs $500 – $1,500 for a traditional notebook and thinking hmm…I can save money buying a NetBook? Don’t.
When considering if you need a netbook for your business – you want to buy one if you need to do occasional web browsing, email or document writing editing on the road and want something VERY light but more powerful than a smartphone. That’s it.
NetBook processors are not built for processor intensive, multi program computing. Someone told me they can watch videos on their Dell NetBook just fine but if you want to play games or run data intensive programs you probably want to look into a fuller size notebook.
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