New York Times: Analysts Aren't So Big On The Netbook Movement

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Today's New York Times has a trend piece on ULPCs/Netbooks/Nettops/Subnotebooks/Mini PCs/*Insert Buzzword Here* and analysts who fear their low prices will spell doom and gloom for the PC industry. They cite the already low profit margins for PC sales as an example of what could drive computer companies into the red. Naturally success stories like the Asus Eee, and the next wave of products like the CherryPal were name dropped as potential threats, but it hardly seems time to worry.


The only concrete example in the article to warrant this concern is the aforementioned lack of profit margins, and there are still plenty of people who need more from their computers other than web browsing and micro-sized keyboards. But hey, if analysts are worried, should the rest of the world be? [NYT]

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@SneakerFiend I agree with your first thought. These aren't meant to be people's primary computers, they're on-the-go I can't live without the f'ing internet devices.

At home and work I have machines that provide all the computing power I need, home computer is a Macbook Pro... But I still want the as yet, unreleased Dell E. Why? Because I want something uber-small, that I can invest minimally in, that does the basic things I need when I'm away from home, that I can toss in with my socks and t-shirts when I'm packing for a trip and that I can let other people use without having to look over their shoulder... oh and I really want some flavor of an instant on Linux distro...

There is a convergence coming, plain as day, and it'll be here in the next 5 years, probably less. Hand held / mini devices that are seamlessly integrated into your "home system". Look at some recent Apple patents (how about that docking station iMac/tablet pair-up), look at Microsoft's push of the home server, the sudden UMPC onslaught... hell the iPhone and the simple yet "I wish I could control everything with this thing!" Remote app. Everyone wants what's coming, they just don't know what it is yet.