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R.I.P. the netbook. Acer (ASIYF.PK) and Asus, the last two major PC OEMs committed to building...

R.I.P. the netbook. Acer (ASIYF.PK) and Asus, the last two major PC OEMs committed to building the cheap, no-frills notebooks, have said they'll stop making them in 2013. The evisceration of the netbook market at the hands of tablets has been a blow to both OEMs and to Intel's (INTC) Atom CPU business, which now has to depend on the mobile device and TV markets to make up lost volumes. One silver lining: notebook ASPs are rising as the low-end falls apart and consumers start buying touchscreen models.
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  • Sam Liu
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    Aren't netbooks now called Chromebooks ...
    2 Jan 2013, 08:17 PM Reply Like
  • Mr. Knowitall
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    Hi Sam,

     

    A Chromebook is a special device that runs Google’s Chrome operating system exclusively.
    3 Jan 2013, 10:45 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    Thanks Luke:

     

    The point is the hardware is about the same.

     

    I love Google and its products, but can't the functions orf a
    chromebook be run on a netbook + others ...

     

    Whenever I go to the Shanghai Library, on IE, download Chrome and Firefox, closing IE. Then after setting Chrome up in a few minutes sign on and there I have much of what was on my home computer.

     

    But due to other mailboxes, I might wait to set up Firefox-- then I would have more abilities ...

     

    "A Chromebook is a special device that runs Google’s Chrome operating system exclusively."

     

    So what is special about the Chromebook as opposed to, say a much maligned, netbook?

     

    Disclosure: had a few lousy Vista notebooks and currently a Win7 and a Macbook. Need more RAM ...

     

    they always tell me at the Apple Store that I ought to clean up the clutter on my "desktop".
    4 Jan 2013, 01:28 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    my friend used to bring or still does on occasion bring his Asus EEE when he travels.

     

    I bring my 14" Samsung Series 5 for that purpose.
    4 Jan 2013, 01:30 AM Reply Like
  • Aadam32
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    I thought net books were already thing in the past or paper-weight.
    3 Jan 2013, 02:05 AM Reply Like
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