notebook News and Updates

Global netbook shipments to reach 50 million units in 2010

Global notebook shipments will reach approximately 200 million in 2010. According to Acer chairman, JT Wang, nebtooks will account for 25% or 50 million of total netbook sales.

As the netbooks get more powerful everyday, more and more people are buying netbooks as they are much more mobile than carrying a back-breaking notebook.

[via digitimes]

Another proof of how popular the netbooks are – Total sales to reach 37% of total notebooks sales in 2009!

Nobody had thought 2 years back that the netbooks would become so popular. Last year, the netbooks had already conquered 20% of the total notebook market. This year, it is being estimated that netbooks will account for nearly 37% of the total notebook sales by the end of this year and about 40% by the year 2012(!).

However, by 2012, I don’t think there would be any difference based on the feature set between a notebook and netbook (except for the small size, of course).

[via digitimes]

Netbook vs Laptop: who wins? You decide

Intel has recently posted a webpage which lets the user decide between the netbooks and notebooks. By the article, it becomes very clear that the Intel is not happy the way the netbooks are affecting the sales of the notebooks. Couple of days we highlighted the fact, how the netbooks are affecting the sales of the notebooks.

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From the chart given above (taken from this Microsoft link), it is clear that they perceive netbooks as devices for just surfing the web.

  • Multitask: According to MS, you cannot multi task on a netbook. Right now, I am multi tasking fairly nicely on my EEE 1000H with concurrently running Photoshop CS3, 2 Firefox Windows with each having 8 tabs and WMP 11 (running in the background playing my favorite tunes). No hiccups.
  • Create and Edit Videos: I use Windows Movie Maker all the time on my EEE 1000H and it works great for video editing on the go
  • Encode Music: I use Goldwave application to edit music and apply filters on the music and I do not face any particular slowdowns
  • Watch HD movies: 1080p with coreavc codec. ’nuff said
  • Play Games: Netbooks are able to play most of the games that came around 4-5 years ago. Netbooks were never meant to replace your PSP, Xbox etc anyway
  • Run Complex office software: Office 2007 works fine on my netbook without any slowdowns

I personally use my netbook for everything. Even for heavy duty tasks like audio editing and video editing, it works great. The Atom CPU provides more than enough power for my needs. I am not a gamer. Perhaps that is the reason, I do not yearn for the Core 2 Duo processor in my netbook.

I can fully understand that the netbooks are affecting the sales of the notebooks, but misguiding customers especially by a company like Intel was not expected.

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Netbooks destroying notebook market?

Netbooks destroying Notebook market?

Everyday, we hear about netbook manufactures adding more and more features in their netbooks, which is now putting them in the category of low-end notebooks. According to the President of The Information Network, Intel is earning not much from the Atom chips and so is Microsoft. We all already know that the Microsoft sells XP licenses to the netbook manufactures for cheap prices.

Anyway, remember the original concept of netbook? The netbooks were supposed to be:

  • cheap
  • small
  • easy to use

With the numerous addons that the netbook manufactures have started including like bigger displays; bigger keyboards and even DVD burners(!), the word cheap is now out of equation. In fact, some of the top-end netbooks cost more than the entry level notebooks.

In netbooks’ infancy stage, end-users did not see netbooks as media players and full fledge laptops. Now, they do. Why? The reason is simple: people wanted to do much more on these little devices, which the netbooks manucatures like ASUS did not expect to happen. People wanted to see HD video on their netbooks and yearned for bigger screens. This ultimately gave birth to netbooks equipped with bigger screens and huge HDDs. It also made it clear that people want to store a lot on their devices. This decreased the demand for the SSDs as it offered much less storage compared to the HDDs at the same price.

The processing power of the netbooks is now enough to let you see HD content (720p videos can be played easily on almost any netbook). It is only a matter of time that there will be a little difference between the processing power of netbooks and atleast entry level notebooks.

Only few of us had expected that the lines between netbooks and notebooks would get blurred so soon. Consumers want their netbooks to everything and the netbook manufactures are doing everything they can to make the netbook do more and more.

Conclusion: Future looks very bright for the netbook manfactures, but same cannot be said for the only notebook manufactures.

AMD CEO agrees that Notebook/Netbook line will continue to blur [Netbook]

A couple of days back, we said something about the future of netbooks.  AMD CEO Dirk Meyer says that “The distinction between what is a Netbook and what is a notebook is going to go away. There will be a continuum of price points and form factors.”

He says that the people who buy cheap netbooks are not able to enjoy full PC experience. I don’t understand this statement. If someone is buying a $299 netbook, he must be well aware of it’s capabilities. At such a low price, you won’t be getting a top-of-the-line netbook with all the features. If you shell out $450 for the ASUS EEE 1000H or S101, you would be able to get a great PC experience unless you want to play Crysis.

AMD CEO agrees that Notebook/Netbook line will continue to blur

Although, we must consider the fact that these words are coming from a company that does not have a netbook processor and think that they do not need one too. [fudzilla]

Would the Netbooks die in near future?

An year ago, it was quite easy to differentiate a netbook from a notebook. But now, the differences between a netbook and notebook are getting blurred every day. We are already able to observe changes that occured in the netbook field in the past year. People yearned for bigger devices with bigger displays and more horsepower, which forced the Netbook manufactures to give people what they want.

Now, we hear announcements every day of some XYZ company coming out with netbooks with built-in DVD drives and bigger displays. One of the most important points that makes a netbooks easily differentiable from the notebook is the size of it. Companies like DELL and ASUS have already rolled out (or going to roll out) devices that are of size of notebooks.

So, the question arises if the Netbooks die in the future. Well, if the manufactures continue to come out with bigger and heavier netbooks, it would ultimately kill the whole point of netbooks, which is: portability. A fully featured netbook, which has 12-inch+ screen and has DVD drive weighing around 2kg is no different from any laptop (notebook) in the market.

Conclusion: The whole netbook concept would become a gimmick and Netbooks would merge with the notebooks in near future.