A $200 Android or Chrome Netbook Sounds Like a Good Idea, Asus

Tablets have come along and killed the netbook, but let's face it—the netbook market was having problems way before the iPad ever reared its 9.7-inch head. I mean, THE PRICE! You can pick up a fully-fledged laptop for the price of most netbooks.

Asus wants to get back to its roots (with its 7-inch 701, which cost $188 back in 2007), and start offering something running Android or Chrome, for around $200 - $250. Suppliers are tipping the netbook as being in partnership with Intel, and launching in June.


Crucially, Asus has cottoned on to the fact that adults don't have hands the size of a squirrel's, and will make the netbook's size between 10 and 11-inches. If Asus really can make a decent travel (or back-up) netbook for a decent price, even I might consider one. [Digitimes via CrunchGear]


Raphael Huber

I use the ipad plus bluetooth keyboard. Batteries last for ever, great combination. Some tasks of course I need to do on the "real" computer, because the tablet OS just doesn't cut it.

I don't know about Chrome OS, but if a Netbook runs a tablet OS like Android I don't see the point. It's just a tablet with keyboard but without touchscreen running the same OS and therefore having the same limitations as a tablet PLUS the limitation of not having a touch screen. Ok, it's cheaper.. but also it's useless.

Netbook Plus Android = Very stupid

Netbook Plus Chrome = Maybe