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What happened to netbooks?
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>>52979955
tablets
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>>52979973
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The average layman doesn't need a touchpad keyboard interface to access their pornhub accounts.
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chromebooks
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>>52979955
They're still being done, just with no "this fucking sucks" specs this time. You can get a fanless 11" netbook with 4GB of RAM for around 300 bucks, or less if you can settle for the HP model with just some flash memory instead of an HDD/SSD.
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>>52980195
yeah those HP's are adorable little machines, they feel relatively solid too
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>>52979973
This. Leftover netbook screens now are used as tablet screens
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>>52979955
i love that dell 2100 looks like an adorable business laptop
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Somebody post steve jobs shitting on netbooks in his keynote.
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>>52979955
Tablets ate them.

Then Phablets ate the tablets.
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>>52979955
x64 Tablets+Keyboard with HDD/SSD.
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Nobody wants some shitty underpowed laptop with a cramped keyboard that can't do anything useful. Phones and tablets are fine for web browsing and ultrabooks have filed the portable work laptop market because they have foll size screens and keyboards.
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>>52980325
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9E2JCtWzk8
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Interesting the tablets are being seen as the ones to destroy netbooks... that's true at least partially, but I'd also lay much of blame on ultrabooks. Ultrabooks fit the same niche as netbooks, but lack the various annoyances that came with netbooks like cheap-feeling shrunken KB+trackpads and some of the shittiest TN panel displays known to man.
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>>52979955
They became chromebook.
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>>52980355
dat foll sized....
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>>52980335
>phablets
Please no. Most retarded fucking word for a device.
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>>52980659
What about Chinkphones?
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>>52980435
Yeah, I remember early Netbooks being shipped with unholy low amounts of RAM (like 256 or 512MB?) that pretty much got them stuck on WinXP because Vista ran like dogshit on less than 1GB and made them not even suitable for web browsing. That poisoned the well for the whole "netbook" denomination for years after the initial craze for small laptops wore off.
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They're still being made in a sense, just not with the tainted moniker.
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>>52979955
they were useless, uncomfortable, low specced pieces of shit with cramped keyboards and worst touchpads in existence that were literally painful to use.
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>>52980659
Whatever they called them in Robotics;Notes
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>>52980659
Please anon. That world perfectly describes its phunction.
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>>52980195
Mostly 2gb ram, 4gb is hard to find under 450 €

I was lucky to get an Asus f201e but the power plug is broken, hopefully I can fix it myself
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They have come back recently as Microsoft's answer to Chromebooks.

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-stream-11-6-cloudbook-violet-purple-intel-celeron-n3050-32gb-emmc-2gb-ram-windows-10-n5x89ua-abl/10400597.aspx

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/acer-acer-aspire-e-11-6-laptop-black-intel-celeron-n2840-32gb-ssdhdd-2gb-ram-windows-8-1-es1-111m-c9vz/10323629.aspx

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/asus-eeebook-x205ta
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Can't find thinkpad general right now so I'm going to ask this here.

I have the opportunity to get a free laptop provided by my employer, they are allowing me to choose the one I want. I plan to run Linux on it(most likely Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, or Fedora). Work use case is mostly web development and editing documents. I will likely end up using it for personal consumption, i.e. music and movies since I don't currently own another laptop.

These are the two I'm looking at now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5YV3G59144&cm_re=thinkpad-_-9SIA5YV3G59144-_-Product

X220, smaller, almost a netbook. I like the light weight and the SSD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3TX39N6551&cm_re=thinkpad-_-9SIA3TX39N6551-_-Product

T530 - full size, FHD screen. More ram and Nvidia gfx would allow me to do some light gaymen - are the drivers for this Nvidia NVS 5400M freely available?

Which one should be my next laptop /g/? Or something else?
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>>52981075
I got an Acer B115-M for 300€, and there's a lot of similarly specced stuff for around the same price. The 2GB stuff is around 230€ to 280€ Where do you live?
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Brazil is so shitty right now that stores are selling them again
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>>52981075

Most of the time it's just a DC jack with a proprietary connector on the MLB end. Easy enough to replace in a lot of cases, and cheap too.
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>>52981117
>T530
and quit your gym membership, you bout to get stronk lugging that dumbbell around
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>>52981018
I see what you phucking did there, phaggot.
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>>52979955
They got replaced by tablets, and somewhat resurrected by models like the Asus Transformer. Companies just realized that they were snail-pace pieces of shit that weren't really useful at all, and now that we have mobile OS solutions that allow touch and UI designs meant for small screens, there's really no use for them anymore. If you want something that small, just get a tablet, you can buy something like the Thinkpad x220 that is only 12" and will be much better than any shit netbook.
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>>52979955
The dawn of the netbook was also the dawn of vista. People wanted newest OS on their new "laptops"

Netbooks shipped with Vista, it ran very poorly. So poorly they had to re-release many with a windows XP basic edition so they would even be functional.
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died along with microsoft after win8
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>>52979955
tablets
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I still see plenty of them around. Maybe they don't exist in certain markets, but over here they're still available (Europe), and to be honest, they're pretty good machines for web-browsing / programming / SSHing to your main machine.
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Ultrabooks, especially Chromebooks.

In other words, Netbooks never died. They got thinner and renamed.
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>>52983796
There's that. Also not helped by the fact that Microsoft insisted on the basic version of XP to be used with netbooks only be used with hardware on a par with the original netbooks, limiting any other companies' interest in releasing better netbooks down the line. As a result netbooks as a whole never really got any better than the first generation.

They also occupied an uncomfortable spot in the market, not being quite conveniently portable as a tablet and at the same time not quite as usefully powerful as ultrabooks; kind of the worst of both worlds.
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there are some netbooks around but ultra books kinda dominate that market.

I dunno anythiong about the US but here in NZ tablets are failing to sell only hybrids are selling.
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Tablets and Ultrabooks. I have a HP Omni 10 tablet currently and have had various HP Mini 5102 and other netbooks in the past. Would take the tablet over all of them.

Looking at upgrading to a Surface Pro 3.
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>>52981117
Neither. In all seriousness, take a look at the Chromebook 13. It's a business class Chromebook, just flash proper SeaBIOS on it, and you can just install and configure any Linux distro you want.
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>>52984088
I think that must be a New Zealand thing; tablets are all over the place here in Australia, but sightings of hybrids are rare.
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>>52984088
>tablets are failing to sell
Because Tablets are fucking useless for EVERYTHING
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>>52984163
Yeah, tablets just not appealing to the NZ public
I know austiralis has tablets like everywhere they are more useful for zoos and museums and the like IMO.

>>52984192
Gonna have to agree, unless specs go up they are really useless for alot of things.

however in NZ ultrabooks are taking off here and selling like hotcakes.
Hybirds are getting lots of sells because alot of aucklanders live in small apartments with flatmates.

thankfully us northlanders don't really care what we buy is usually something that look flashy it sells.
Most northlanders now buy on auckland online shops

I don't personally think its a good idea as it cost 45 dollars to ship form auckland to northland.
:/
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>>52981117
Don't use work computer for personal consumption is my advice.
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Tablets broke them.
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>>52980355
> calling faggot chiclet keyboards "full sized"

The keyboard on a Toshiba nb305 is the absolute minimum I'll accept
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>>52984463
>unless specs go up they are really useless for alot of things

Specs cant change the fact that a giant screen is retarded to do anything with if you have to hold it.....
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>>52984708
Pic related
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>>52984599
>sysadmin for small company
>everyone older than 40 in the office doesn't seem to realize their activity isn't private
>tfw the owner is into watersports
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>>52979955
tablets
but now devices like the macbook and chrome books are coming out they are kinda coming back
only downside is they are still incredibly shitty
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>>52985043
Putting your 10+ inch tablet running PhoneOS into a bluetooth keyboard case does not magically make it better than a netbook or laptop.

And yeah I know there are tablets that run Windows 10 but they are just as shit as the netbooks in terms of specs.
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>>52985102
chromebooks dont run android, and the macbook doesn't run ios
and neither of them use bluetooth keyboards
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>>52985121
ChomeOS is still a fucking joke that can't do shit and has no software, and Macbooks are still overpriced shit for cock connoisseurs.
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>>52984052
>not being quite conveniently portable as a tablet
Only if you go by the retarded definition that thin = small. The old 7"-9" netbooks are the same length/width or smaller than a 10" tablet.
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>>52985136
exactly like previous netbooks
except the OS wasnt the limitation, the hardware was what was holding you back
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>>52985157
I had an Asus EeePC for years and it did exactly what I needed it to do. Protip: there's more to life than hardcoar gaymin and video encoding.
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>>52980195
>You can get a fanless 11" netbook with 4GB of RAM for around 300 bucks
Rather buy a chink tablet with Wacom EMR (battery-less) stylus and 4GB ram with that money than a netbook.
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>>52985243
I own one of those chink tablets. They suck.
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>>52979955
Ultrabooks nigga.
They're obsolete.
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Why wouldn't you just buy an X220?
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>>52985181
What did you do on it?
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>>52985552
Watched anime and fapped to traps
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>>52985547
This
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>>52985518
Ultrabooks are expensive as fuck
>>52985559
Pretty much. Also did some MOD music creation because why the hell not? Used it as a portable MAME-in-a-bag a few times, too.
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>>52985547
Compared to netbooks, it's big, heavy and expensive. It's more like a shrunken laptop.
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>>52985153
Thin does count for a lot, even if it's got the same length/width. Also form factor; a tablet is a hell of a lot more convenient to use while standing up than any laptop.
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>>52985764
>it's big, heavy
It's small and light comparing with anything.
>and expensive.
You can buy one for like 150 dollars
>It's more like a shrunken laptop.
So is a netbook.
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>>52985734
>Ultrabooks are expensive as fuck
No, your'e just poor as fuck.
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>>52985243

yeah some chink tablets are great
well, the chuwi hi10 is great

its actually an ASUS but ironically better than the brand name version
and much cheaper
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>>52985813

>ultrabooks
>using core M that is slower than core 2 duo
>$1,000+

Scam if i've ever seen one.
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>>52985849
Core Ms are slower than modern Atoms if you put any sort of load on them.
In Geekbench 3, Core M scores 4500 on the first run then 1700 on the 2nd+ run.
Atom X7 Z8700 scores 3700 every single time and only gets slightly warm.
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>>52985849
>Chromebooks have the same form factor as all but the thinnest of ultrabooks
>at worst they're $500 unless you want some ridiculous features like a metal frame, glass trackpad, i3, and 1080p IPS display weren't fucking enough for you
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>>52985784
>Thin does count for a lot
Like what? They're already to big to fit in a pocket. What difference would it being 1" thick or 1/4" thick make?

>Also form factor; a tablet is a hell of a lot more convenient to use while standing up than any laptop.
Exactly how often is this even a consideration? I'd take significantly more comfortable typing and page navigation over a device that size being more usable while standing any day. I also have no problem navigating pages while standing with my ASUS EEE and could still type with my thumbs if I absolutely couldn't sit or set the laptop down on anything due to some serial pisser or something.
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>>52980325
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>>52985912
Is there a good chromebook for under $500? They all seem to have shit specs & no disc space. I like the Toshiba, but 16gb isn't quite enough
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>>52985972
Right now, Dell's with an i3 is just barely under $500 on sale. Comes with 16 GB by default, but it can be upgraded with any 42mm M.2 NGFF SSD.

And that's the one I mentioned with a metal body, 1080p IPS display with matte finish, and glass trackpad. It's basically a half price Macbook Air.
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>>52986028
Sounds like a choice buy, thanks
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>>52985927
>Like what? They're already to big to fit in a pocket. What difference would it being 1" thick or 1/4" thick make?
Being able to cram it into a bag or not, for example.

>Exactly how often is this even a consideration? I'd take significantly more comfortable typing and page navigation over a device that size being more usable while standing any day. I also have no problem navigating pages while standing with my ASUS EEE and could still type with my thumbs if I absolutely couldn't sit or set the laptop down on anything due to some serial pisser or something.
It depends on your use cases. For me, every morning on the train on the way to work. Not something that's a priority to everyone. And it does seem like people who absolutely must type on a physical keyboard above all other considerations are in the minority.
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What's with these Chromebooks using Celerons? Did Intel realize that Atoms were so shit that they went back to Celeron tech?
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>>52986273
>Being able to cram it into a bag or not, for example.
Is your "bag" a manila envelope?
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I use an acer aspire 255e daily for note taking, some web dev, C programming. Threw a spare 2gb module in it. Runs Lubuntu fine enough. Usually have webstorm + ~10 Firefox tabs open. Build quality is above my expectations and it's easy to keep maintained.

For $15 barely used on Craig's List it is a great burner machine while away from my desktop. I simply don't need an ultrabook on the go, it's not just a cost consideration but a practical one.

I did get a kick out of the atom 1.6 spec rating though
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>>52986676
Of course not. Also, thickness tends to mean weight as well. And since I know you're going to ask if I'm incapable of carrying that extra kilo or two; no, but I still don't want to carry more weight than I have to.
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>>52979955
>Netbook
They became 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets and the 2015 Macbook.
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Netbooks fell off the radar because of use case. Think. What is a netbook good for over a 13.3"/14.1" laptop? A netbooks small size restricts any decent hardware, not to mention they keyboard size is abysmal. Any type of portable computing needed now is complety doable on a tablet or smart phone. If what you're doing requires a good amount of processing power, you wouldnt be able to do those things on a netbook anyway.

The closest thing to a netbook is chromebooks (the newer celeron and ULV i3s are very capable) and maybe older X series thinkads.

Death to the netbook and long live the tablet.
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